Greater Richmond Area

  (804) 510-0363

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours when arranged (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER SPECIES

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$325
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$375
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$450

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$200
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered in a wooded area near crematory.. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability. Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Meet The Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Kiley

Kiley Cameron

I grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where I asserted that I would one day be a veterinarian from as early as I can remember. Most of my childhood memories involve animals in some capacity, and a Golden Retriever named Bailey was considered a sibling growing up. My early comfort with end of life care is likely associated with being raised by a mother who worked as a Bereavement Coordinator in Pediatric Hospice. To no one’s surprise, I pursued a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and I received my Bachelors from Clemson University in South Carolina (Go Tigers!). Just weeks before I continued on to veterinary school, Bailey let us know that he was ready for his wings. Within the comfort and peace of our own home, we were able to let Bailey pass in a painless and loving way.
 
I continued the trek south for my doctorate, attending the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating there, I moved to Richmond, VA for a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at a busy specialty hospital. It was during numerous emergency shifts that I was repeatedly reminded of my passion for helping pets and families with end of life care. My desire to gift families with the same experience that my own had with Bailey is what moved me to join Lap of Love. It is a gift and honor to be able to help ease suffering and provide comfort to pets and the humans that love them. 

Dr. Laura

Laura Poland

I have always loved animals and sensed a strong empathic connection to them. I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age and felt called to help pets and their families and as I grew older. I appreciated the opportunity to learn to be their voice. I was fortunate to travel the world and lived in many different countries due to my father’s career. One of the most memorable locations was Egypt, where we rescued a sassy, Calico street kitten who we named Cleopatra. Other fond memories of Egypt include camping in the desert with Tony, our beloved family pug/dachshund mix. 

My path to becoming a Veterinarian started in New England, where I attended the University of New Hampshire and received my Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. For my Doctorate, I combined my passion for Veterinary Medicine with my love of travel and attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. I completed my clinical year of studies at the University of Illinois and stayed on for an additional year to complete an anesthesiology internship. I absolutely loved my internship and everything I learned helped to develop a solid foundation in pain management. I truly learned how to be an advocate for my patient and be in tune with what they needed in the moment.

Following Veterinary School, I started a job in General Practice, where I had the joy of seeing furry family members at all stages of their lives. While everyone, including myself, loves a new puppy or kitten appointment, I found myself more connected with hospice and humane euthanasia. I felt honored that those families trusted me to lead them and their pet through the end stages, and that connection grew deeper whenever I had the opportunity to provide an even more peaceful experience in the family’s home. I feel it is my duty to make these final moments go as smoothly and peacefully as possible. Animals give us the gift of unconditional love and our animals deserve the same love and respect during their passing. 

One of the most memorable house-call appointments I’ve performed was for my own family dog, Tony. He was my Dad’s best buddy and his favorite past-time was spending evenings in my Dad’s lap. Towards the end, Tony only really recognized my Dad and in true Dachshund fashion was quite grumpy with everyone else. I helped my Dad come to peace with the difficult yet compassionate decision of choosing euthanasia for Tony. It was a beautiful Spring day, the first nice day of the year in New Hampshire, when I helped Tony cross the rainbow bridge. We picked a beautiful spot outside in the yard and Tony was in my Dad’s lap the entire time. This was an incredibly bittersweet moment for me, yet through the pain of losing a treasured family member, I also felt relief and honor that I could be the one to help my family and Tony through this time. I am grateful that as a veterinarian with Lap of Love, I will be able to provide this same peace and closure for every family and their furry family member.

About Kiley Cameron

I grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where I asserted that I would one day be a veterinarian from as early as I can remember. Most of my childhood memories involve animals in some capacity, and a Golden Retriever named Bailey was considered a sibling growing up. My early comfort with end of life care is likely associated with being raised by a mother who worked as a Bereavement Coordinator in Pediatric Hospice. To no one’s surprise, I pursued a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and I received my Bachelors from Clemson University in South Carolina (Go Tigers!). Just weeks before I continued on to veterinary school, Bailey let us know that he was ready for his wings. Within the comfort and peace of our own home, we were able to let Bailey pass in a painless and loving way.
 
I continued the trek south for my doctorate, attending the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating there, I moved to Richmond, VA for a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at a busy specialty hospital. It was during numerous emergency shifts that I was repeatedly reminded of my passion for helping pets and families with end of life care. My desire to gift families with the same experience that my own had with Bailey is what moved me to join Lap of Love. It is a gift and honor to be able to help ease suffering and provide comfort to pets and the humans that love them. 

"Dr. Laura is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She has such compassion and love for our pets going over the rainbow bridge. I could not have asked for a more peaceful passing for our sweet Morris. Her basket with a comfy blanket that we placed Morris in for her to take him in was beautiful. It looked just like our baby was sleeping."

Katy McManus
Midlothian, Virginia

"Many thanks to Dr. Laura for her love and care for our sweet baby Ollie. We are so grateful to her for helping him cross the rainbow bridge, pain free and happy. We couldn't have been more pleased with her services and compassion for us, as well as Ollie boo. She was truly amazing and such a wonderful person to do this with so much love and respect! We greatly appreciate it."


Sandston, Virginia

"I am so grateful to Dr. Kiley. She helped set us up with home hospice care for my elderly cat, and later came for his euthanasia when my Little Man told me it was time. We didn't want him to have to leave the house anymore since it always made him feel stressed. Dr. Kiley made him feel so safe and comfortable. She gave our kitty lots of treats during the exam, which delighted him. She answered all of our many questions and worked with our cat's vet to come up with a medication plan that would give him the best quality of life. It's been several months and my partner and I still talk about how amazing Dr. Kiley was. I recommend her to anyone who wants to set up end of life care for a pet, and anyone considering euthanasia at home. I know in those last months and last moments, he felt safe and loved. Outside of a miracle cure, it was the best experience we could have imagined."

Stacey Ellis
Richmond, Virginia

"I am so impressed with Lap of Love. You guys have made a heart-wrenching experience significantly easier by coming to our home. Dr. Kiley, your gentleness and willingness to answer our questions was so very important to us. Both experiences with Lap of Love will be part of our memories with our babies. When you said “safe travels" to Max, it touched me and helped me to realize that he was going on to something more wonderful. We appreciate you very much and I will take every opportunity to let all of my friends and family know that when their time of need arises, you guys are the perfect solution. I know my sweet Max is in a much better place and his little legs are working just fine now. Thank you again.

- Keith and Dawn"

Dawn Wise
Chesterfield, Virginia

"Thank you to Dr. Laura - she is very kind and carries an empathy that I wish was more common in others! We sincerely appreciated her helping us and Louie through the end of his journey!"


Richmond, Virginia

"Dr. Kiley did an absolutely wonderful job helping us with Willy. She put him at ease and had him giving her his paw for more pets and treats. She made such a hard decision easier on Willy and us. Thank you again for your kind and compassionate treatment of Willy."

Stuart & Susan Allen
Midlothian, Virginia

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Support

  (800) 332-7738

IAMS Pet Loss Support Resource Center at VCU

  (804) 525-2193

FETCH Pet Loss Support Group

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 353-9000

Virginia Veterinary Centers

  (804) 716-4700

Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

Pet Loss Support

  (804) 827-7297

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction, VCU School of Medicine, Dr. Sandra Baker

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 784-8722

Veterinary Referral and Critical Care

  (703) 746-4774

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Greater Richmond Area including the following counties: Richmond, Goochland, Henrico, and Hanover Counties.

Pet Memorials
“We love you Morris. I hope you are rolling in catnip and eating tuna and salmon fillets up in heaven.”
Katy McManus
October 29, 2020
“You will always be in our hearts. You brought so much joy and laughter to our home. You were 225 Lbs. of love and we were blessed to have you in our family. Be a good boy until we see you again. Bella, Ziggy and Bijou miss you and send their love.”
Stuart & Susan Allen
October 11, 2020
“Dear Sweet Oliver,

Its been 1 week since we said goodbye. There are no words to describe the grip that the loss of you has on my heart. My sorrow comes in waves, some are like gentle reminders and others threaten to drown me. For the last 8 years, we navigated this world together and you were my constant reminder to live in the moment. ...
Wanda Castelvecchi
August 30, 2020
“Gennie was my child, and I will miss her so much. RIP my baby butterfly, mama loves you SO MUCH!

thank you, LOL for making the experience not so painful.”
Melissa Meeks
August 25, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 42051
Richmond, Virginia 23224

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