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.
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.
"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
"We couldn't ask for a better and more loving Vet than Dr. Clarke. As you can imagine this is an extremely stressful time and Dr. Sarah made us feel at ease, right at home. She literally became one of the family and we cannot thank her enough.
We knew we wanted to send Spanky off at home, the Vet's office is never a good place and always a place of apprehension for both us as pet parents and our parents. Having the option to bring in Dr. Sarah, helped us immensely. It allowed not only my wife and I the ability to be here at home with our boy but several friends who came to see Spanky over the Rainbow as well.
You can't go wrong with Lap of Love."
Matthew KimballRichmond, 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 RuggeriRichmond, 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