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..
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
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!
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 Clarke was so patient with me and with Jaxson in his passing. While I was crying she immediately stepped in and handled everything very professionally with ease, and I will forever be grateful for this. This was a hard decision to make but Dr. Clarke made it easy and never judged me for my decision to put him down. If I ever have to do this again I will definitely be calling her to come back because she's worth it. Jaxson's passing was done with dignity and respect in the comfort of our home."
Bridgette Williams WilliamsSpotsylvania, Virginia
"Harris was a Rescue guy, basically Blind & Deaf and they said he was 8 but we think he was older. Only with us for a year and and a half but quickly became a part of the family. When I came home with him everyone thought I was crazy. He was a great dog and we're going to miss him - Dr. Clarke was as calming and friendly as she could be and helped us send Ole Harry off with dignity and respect. Very professionally done in a clinical way and smooth and painless, at least for ole Harry ;-) A special thanks to her for helping Harry and Us get through it. It's never easy but when we bring them home, we know someday we'll have to let go."
Kenneth JonesRichmodn, Virginia
"Dr. Sarah was extremely kind and compassionate. When faced with a decision such as this, it's nice to feel you have someone that understands and does all she can to ease the pain of this process."
Joanne HowellMechanicsville, Virginia
"Dr. Sarah Clarke was a great comfort for us during this time. We are so glad she was able to help us during this difficult time."
Paul RuoccoMaidens, Virginia
"Simply, I met Dr. Clarke the first day I brought Kiwi into the vet. Dr. Powell spoke with me, then Dr. Lucas, then Dr. Clarke. All shared their expertise. Dr. Clarke had a way with words, making me feel that any decision I made would be a good one because Kiwi was so loved.
Five weeks later I called her through Lap of Love even though she is one of my vets. The Swift Creek Vet Clinic all spoke highly of her hospice. My vet tech Alex shared her kind words, she had spent five weeks helping me with Kiwi, and when it happened so fast I knew who I was going to call. She truly was a blessing."
Marianne BarnhardtChesterfield, Virginia
"Dr. Sarah was the best comfort I could possibly ask for during this unbearable experience. I am so grateful for her compassionate care!"
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.
To make the experience as peacful 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.
Lap of LovePO Box 2942Glen Allen, VA 23058-2942