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. Kiley arrived on time, and well prepared. Her compassion was equaled by her quiet skill, and peaceful manner. She put us and our kitty at ease immediately. As Django dozed peacefully, Dr. Kiley explained the process carefully. We felt included in all phases of the euthanasia, and she asked permission with each part of the process. She is exceptional. And we were so blessed to have her bring peace to our dear, old friend. We were all left in peace, and understanding thanks to Dr. Kiley. We are so very grateful."

Katherine Smith
Glen Allen, Virginia

"Dr. Kiley is an extremely compassionate person, who understands animals, and their caregivers. From the time I made the call until our Django had slipped on, the organization, from the receptionist and especially to Dr. Kiley, the experience was miraculous. We felt instantly at home with her, and she professionally took care of every detail, and explanation with the greatest respect for our cat, and ourselves. Giving the gift of life is a special miracle, but giving the gift of a peaceful, easy, quiet death is also a miracle in its own way. We thank Dr. Kiley for caring for our little fellow, and for us. Do not hesitate to patronize this organization. It will make an enormous difference in being able to say goodbye to an old friend."

Katherine Smith
Glen Allen, Virginia

"We cannot say enough about the amazing gift Dr. Laura gave our family in assisting us with the end of life of our beloved dog. She treated our pet, our family, and the situation with so much respect, patience, and kindness. She was able to help us find peace in an otherwise terrible event. We appreciate her service so very much and would recommend her to anyone seeking assistance with end of life care for their pet."

Dan & Celia King
Richmond, Virginia

"Thank you to Dr. Laura for her compassion and professionalism in helping us relieve our sweet girl from her suffering. Dr. Laura is one of the most caring, organized and knowledgeable veterinarians my wife and I have met; and please know this is no small number having needed veterinary support on many rescues in the past 15 years. We truly appreciated her thoughtful service, and she will always be highly recommended by our family."


Richmond, Virginia

"Thanks to Dr. Kiley, our 15 year old Yorkie, Callie, could not have had a better last moment. Dr. Kiley gave all of us a very special gift. She was just wonderful with my three young children, who absolutely loved her. She did so much to make them feel comfortable and at ease, and included in the process. Dr. Kiley has such a beautiful energy, I could see if from the moment I meant her. Thanks to her, I’ll always remember our goodbye as peaceful, warm and filled with love. I had been dreading this event for a long time, and I feel so lucky that when that time came, she made it a beautiful one. Thank you Dr. Kiley for taking care of us, and for taking care of Callie, from beginning to end."

Carolyn Coppersmith
Mechanicsville, Virginia

"Dr. Laura is a smart, lovely , gifted individual; so accomplished and so kind. I can’t stop singing her praises to others about how she helped me with Maybelline. When checking on me, Dr. Laura suggested I create a memorial for Maybelline; I guess great minds think alike in that I already sent a picture with a memorial out to all who knew Maybelline and am receiving lots of warm heartfelt responses. Dr. Laura brings joy to lift sadness in others and that is a special calling."

Kathleen Stanco
Richmond, 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
“Django, we miss you every minute. We miss your curiosity, your supervision (we needed a lot!), your wonderful companionship, and especially your singing the Songs of Your People at odd hours. You were a delight. The source of understanding and comfort. And your outdoor kitty and doggie pals still look for you. But life had gotten to be less fun ...
Katherine Smith
January 6, 2021
“The house is very lonely without you. While we don't know your actual birthdate, when you chose us to be your forever family you were estimated to be 3 or 4. We have had the best 14 years with you Sugar Bear. Please protect us from up there. We can't wait to be reunited with you again someday. We love you furever!”
Amye B
November 11, 2020
“Bella Birdsong peacefully passed into eternal rest on November 8, 2020. Bella was a resolute and strong willed girl that, underneath her assertive exterior, had a heart full of love. She was talkative, spunky, and adored both her daddies. We loved her too, so very much.. She shared a special bond with Brandon, one of her dads... her favorite ...
Benjamin L
November 10, 2020
“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
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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