Greater Richmond Area
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
Sarah Clarke, DVM
"Dr. Sarah helped my baby pass peacefully into the Rainbow Bridge. I was having a very difficult time and Dr. Sarah was so compassionate and loving. She listened to everything we had to say. I felt like she understood what I was going through and was very comforting throughout the whole process."
Kristin LakeyChesterfield, Virginia
"First off, thank you to Lap of Love for providing this service. Nothing is more gut-wrenching than taking your beloved pet to a place where they typically don't like to go, to die on a cold, metal table and then having to carry them back home (we have a nice place on our farm to keep them with us forever). Having a special person like Dr. Sarah Clarke come to our home (at night and out in the boondocks where she did not know the area) and help our beloved Annie cross over the Rainbow Bridge while laying on our living room floor in front of a nice fire made a difficult event so much easier. Dr. Clarke is an amazing human being, as well as a good vet. She was kind, warm, caring and sympathetic. If she is typical of the vets that you employ, you truly have an amazing organization. Even Lisa, who first took my phone call, came across the phone line as a deeply caring and sympathetic person. Again, thank you for being there for us. We will be eternally grateful for what you do for us."
Ed & Lisa GoodingMontpelier, Virginia
"So grateful I received your information through a friend of mine at the gym. She highly recommended you and she was ever so right. From the moment of my first call I felt the compassion and care. I was not sure if I could handle it all but wanted "my baby" to pass calmly in her own loving home. Dr. Sarah was so professional and loving and I am truly amazed by the extreme level of care. The clay imprint of her paw as well as the fur clipping are such a comfort to have . I really appreciate all she has done and please use her service if that heartbreaking moment arrives."
Sonja van der DriftMidlothian, Virginia
"Dr. Sarah made me feel at ease making the most difficult decision of my life. Her compassion is amazing!"
Lisa PetersenRichmond, Virginia
"Dr. Sarah was amazing and it is easy to tell how much she cares about her clients and their furry friends. Wouldn't have done it any other way."
Tom HinkesRichmond, Virginia
"Thank you, Dr Sarah, for answering all my questions and for helping Harry pass peacefully, at home in his favorite spot on the deck, surrounded by loved ones."
Stephanie MehargRichmond, Virginia
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
IAMS Pet Loss Support Resource Center at VCU
Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
Veterinary Referral and Critical Care
The Center for Human-Animal Interaction, VCU School of Medicine, Dr. Sandra Baker
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the Greater Richmond Area including the following counties: Richmond, Goochland, Henrico, and Hanover Counties.
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.
Lap of LovePO Box 2942Glen Allen, VA 23058-2942