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.
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
"I cannot thank you all enough for having this service available to the public. Dr. Sarah came and was compassionate and professional with her services. I got several hugs which I needed and she even got kisses from Truffles before she eased her pain. She was very tender and caring in her approach which sure did comfort me as her MOM. Thank you so much Dr. Sarah, I will recommend this service to all of my family and friends"
Lorrie BrooksNorth Chesterfield, Virginia
"Dr. Sarah helped our Angel pass peacefully a few days ago. It was so hard to say goodbye but she was very compassionate and understanding during this time. She listened to everything we had to say about Angel and wrote a beautiful message about him on Facebook."
Heather RiceNorth Chesterfield, Virginia
"Our beautiful boy Kitty was 17 years old and diagnosed with cancer and kidney disease. We knew his days were numbered and didn't want him to spend those days at the vet's office which he despised, being poked, handled etc. We want him to enjoy his last days as much as possible, in peace.
I was so glad I found Lap of Love. Everybody I talked to was warm and sincere and gave me the comfort I needed to deal with a very difficult situation. Dr. Sarah was wonderful. She was so personable and supportive. After the consultation, she was always there to answer any questions we had, checking in on Kitty and supporting us in this very difficult journey.
After comfortably coasting on pain pills for about a month, our dear Kitty took a turn a sudden turn for the worse. All of a sudden, he was in so much pain, we knew we had to do it right there and then. I called Dr. Sarah in early in the morning and she came very quickly to take this last step of the journey with us. I so appreciated the fact that she could come so quickly so Kitty didn't have to suffer in pain any longer.
Thank you, Dr. Sarah and thank you Lap of Love for supporting not just our pets, but us, the owners as well."
Olga HuxollRichmond, Virginia
"I write this with a broken heart, but also with great peace knowing that our beloved Annie passed ahead of us here at our Lake Anna home. Annie left us without fear or anxiety and in an atmosphere of love and concern. Dr, Sarah arrived on time and entered our home in a friendly caring way, acknowledging our obvious grief and trepidation about what was to come. Her first priority was to reassure and comfort us, and then met Annie and with a few treats and a gentle touch made friends with her too. She reassured us that we were doing the best thing for Annie, as she could readily see Annie's pain. In this kind, gentle, and dignified atmosphere she led Annie from pain to sleep and then to her final rest. We cannot thank Dr Sarah and Lap of Love enough for helping us through this very difficult time.
If you are wondering how, when, what is best, as we were, please call them. The staff is as kind and compassionate as Dr Sarah and will help you make the right decision. We are grieving our loss, but are at peace that we ended her pain and avoided more painful days and possibly an emergency visit for her euthanasia."
Nancy KomatzMineral, Virginia
"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
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