Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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$300

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$300

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 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$350
Pets over 150 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 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$200
Pets over 150 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.

""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 was very compassionate and caring during the loss of Cody. Having her assistance during this difficult time made the situation just a little more bearable."

Deborah Hudson
Midlothian, Virginia

"Dr. Sarah Clarke, was absolutely great. So very caring and calming in such a sad time. She took the time to explain everything that would be done and assured me that my Tinkerbell would feel no pain. I had never heard of Lap of Love before and was on google searching and came across them, so very glad I did. This is the best way possible to have a furry family member leave you and they are superb at what they do! Awesome organization!"

Anita Lacasse
Fredericksburg, Virginia

"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

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
“I’ve been meaning for months to write my tribute to my dear Merry, but somehow I haven’t managed to do it until now. Maybe my heart hurt too much? Maybe I kept waiting until I found the perfect words? But are there ever words perfect enough to express love? Love is felt. We feel it in our hearts, our bones, our souls. It is personal and unique. It ...
Gloria Ruggeri
August 17, 2017
“Our little man was loved by all - family, friends, and neighbors. He was a little guy with a big spirit and very large pawprint. He gave us so much unconditional love and companionship. We so miss our little shadow. We are so grateful he spent his life with us. In one word, Cody was Love!!”
Deborah Hudson
August 9, 2017
“I lost my precious Tinkerbell today. She was such a great comfort and loyal friend to me. She gave it all she had until I just could not let her suffer anymore. Thought she was going to leave me several times throughout the last 6 months but she just was not ready to leave the good life that she has come to know within the last 4 years. People ...
Anita Lacasse
April 30, 2017
“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
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.

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

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