Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275
Evening and Weekends$325

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.

Euthanasia$275
Evening and Weekends$325

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275
Evening and Weekends$325

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.

Additional 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 19 pounds$225
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 125 pounds$350
Pets over 125 pounds will be quoted

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 49 pounds$75
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 125 pounds$175
Pets over 125 pounds will be quoted

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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

Availability

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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

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 Doctor

Sarah Clarke, DVM

I’ve known I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was about 8 years old- and still have a 3rd grade school paper to prove it!  I grew up in Albany, NY, Baltimore, MD and Jacksonville, FL before attending the College of William and Mary in Viriginia for my undergraduate degree in Biology and then returning to Florida to obtain my veterinary degree at the University of Florida. 

I grew up always having a mix of animals in the house- cats, dogs, fish, pet mice, and even an occasional rescued baby bird.  I loved learning about all these pets almost as much as caring for them, so veterinary school was a perfect fit.  After 1 year in small animal general practice in New Jersey after graduating, I took a position at a feline only clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.  I remained there for nearly 11 years and formed close bonds with many clients through those years- seeing numerous cats from early in their lives until it was time to guide their owners through the tough decisions at the end.  While at that practice I occasionally had the opportunity to make home visits for euthanasia and was always struck by what a different, calmer, and more personal experience it was.  It really made a difference to the owners to have their pets in their favorite spot, surrounded by the people and things they love.  

I’m very happy to have recently settled in Richmond with my family - my husband Jeff (a veterinary neurologist and fellow UF graduate) our son Andrew, daughter Katie, and our beloved shelter dog Hammie.  I hope to be able to help families in this area by making one of the most difficult times they’ll face as pet owners a bit easier and more peaceful.

"Dr. Sarah,

I've never lost a pet and Fenway was our girl all 14 years of her full life. In the moment when we needed reassurance, comfort and a kind spirit - there was no one better suited to help us with Fenway's transition than you.

Thank you for your kind words and for getting to know our pup in such a short amount of time to capture what you wrote on the Lap of Love site.

Your compassion, sincerity & gentle presence in those final moments were a true gift to us- including Fenway, as we said

our goodbye to our girl.

Thank you for taking such good care of her"

Shelbi Tabler
Ashland, Virginia

"Joel and I can not express our full debt to Dr. Sarah! What she provides to families during a difficult and emotional time is her quiet, calming empathy. We requested especially that she return this year, and help us usher another loved one along. Sarah shares her love and respect for our pets, and we are eternally grateful that she is called to her specialty. We know her but briefly, but she means so much to this family. Thank you Dr. Sarah."

Sally Russell
Richmond, Virginia

"I am not sure I can find enough words to show my gratitude to Lap of Love for the work they do. Death is hard, in every form. I have witnessed unexpected death, long lingering deaths, painful death. Death is not easy, no matter how it comes, or how prepared you think you are. Yet, here are people who manage to find a way to ease the horrible pain associated with the death of a beloved pet. Dr. Sarah is truly touched by angels. You can feel that the minute she walks into your house. She helped ease the passage of our beloved dog, Merry, as he made his way over the Rainbow Bridge. She cares. Every single person you interact with when you start dealing with Lap of Love cares. You can feel it. And Dr. Sarah has opened her heart and allowed herself to care even as she is doing this difficult work that could easily make someone numb or burnt out. She has an amazing combination of professionalism, care, gentleness, intelligence, and empathy. She manages to move things along without ever making you feel pushed or rushed. Because of Dr. Sarah and Lap of Love, my baby was able to move over the Rainbow Bridge in as gentle, respectful, and loving way possible. And Dr. Sarah also managed to cradle his distraught loved ones in her capable hands as well. I can not thank Dr. Sarah or the Lap of Love staff enough."

Gloria Ruggeri
Richmond, Virginia

"Dr. Sarah has such a lovely disposition and her calm nature and the way she lead us through the process was very much appreciated. She showed such great compassion for our girl Gabby as well as for our whole family. She was such a warm presence during an incredibly difficult time."

Ashley Young
Richmond, Virginia

"Dr. Clarke was amazing! We can't begin to thank her enough! She came into our home and took her time with us and explained everything in great detail. She didn't rush anything, made sure that Jamie was as comfortable as possible before euthanizing her. She was very careful loading her into her vehicle as well. She is very caring, compassionate and has an outstanding bedside manner!

I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Clarke to anyone facing the difficult decision of having to put a pet/family member down. It's a very difficult time/decision and doing it in your home vs having to go through the trouble of bringing your pet to the clinic is so much more comfortable for everyone! Thank you again for your great service and kindness! It is appreciated more than you know!

Most Sincerely,

Scott & Paige Roberts"

Scott Roberts
Richmond, Virginia

"I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Sarah. It takes someone special to provide end of life care and she is one of those people. Her kindness and caring helped us through one of the hardest days of our lives. She arrived at our home, impeccably groomed, to find our sweet boy on a bed on the floor where we had slept with him overnight. She immediately knelt down beside him and us. She somehow got to know Chester and us in a short amount of time and was so compassionate. She gave us the gift of knowing we were doing the right thing. We cherish the paw print she made and appreciated that she took fur from three different spots. We weren't sure about doing this at home, but our boy could not walk and we didn't want to add stress for him. Home was the right choice, made that way by Dr. Sarah. We will forever be grateful that she was the one who was with us. Everything she did was done in a caring, respectful, professional way, aimed at making things easier for us and our boy. I do not wish this experience on anyone but highly recommend Lap of Love, and Dr. Sarah, to anyone who has to walk this path."

Melissa Warner
Glen Allen, Virginia

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Support

  (800) 332-7738

IAMS Pet Loss Support Resource Center at VCU

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 353-9000

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 784-8722

Veterinary Referral and Critical Care

Pet Loss Support

  (804) 827-7297

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

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
“Fenway girl ~ we hold your love & memories in our hearts forever & your sweet soul surrounds our family. I am truly grateful for the 14 years we shared with our beautiful pup and simply heartbroken over our final goodbye. We love you, Fenway. Rest easy, sweet girl.”
Shelbi Tabler
April 26, 2017
“Yesterday morning we had to say goodbye to Mr. Spike. He is with the Lord now and there is no more pain. We are going to miss our Super Spike, our TV star. We will miss his sweet purrs, his 4 am (sometimes earlier) wake up calls, and his sweet face and pink ears. He was deaf and a little blind too but he was a tough old man. He is going to be ...
Heather Rice
March 15, 2017
“In Memory of Buttercup

Words can't adequately express the heartbreak of letting her go. Through the years, we get a feeling that they will always be with us, and it's gut wrenching when we realize it isn't the case. She represented comfort, and home. Even if she and I(we,) didn't interact through the day, since we all know cats sleep a good ...
Nancy Kilkeary
February 22, 2017
“Last evening, Pati and I had to make a tough decision to help our sweet cat Sienna through a difficult step in her journey. She was struggling to breath, and after many diagnostic tests and attempts at a remedy, we had to help her find peace.
From the moment we are all born, we know with certainty that we each will have a moment where we exit ...
Rich Krafcik
February 21, 2017
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Payment Options

Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.


Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 2942
Glen Allen, VA 23058-2942