PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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$250
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$275
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$300
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$400

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in an engraved cherry wood urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks or mailed directly to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$175
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$225
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$250

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 by the crematory at the Cascade Mountains. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  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. 

AVAILABILITY

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 5am - 8pm. 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, but cannot guarantee that.

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
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Christina

Christina Howard

I always had a love for animals. Growing up in rural New Jersey, I spent every moment I could at a local stable mucking stalls, grooming horses, and riding. I started out taking lessons and soon ended up with two horses of my own. My desire to provide top-notch care to them inspired me to learn more about veterinary medicine, and, by age 12, I had quite a collection of veterinary textbooks and magazines. Whenever our veterinarian visited, I asked him all sorts of questions about what I read and he patiently answered every single one of them. His huge wealth of knowledge and ability to positively impact my horse’s well-being inspired me to pursue veterinary medicine as my lifelong career. 
 
Once I decided veterinary medicine was my desired profession, I sought out any animal experience I could find. In high school and college, I spent time at a mixed animal veterinary practice and worked at numerous horse farms. I even spent two months at a sea turtle rehabilitation center in Athens, Greece. After attending veterinary school at North Carolina State University and completing an internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, my husband and I relocated to the Pacific Northwest where I worked for several years as an equine ambulatory veterinarian. I also became certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic care, expanding the level of care I can offer to my clients and patients. 
 
As a veterinarian, I have the privilege of walking into other people’s homes and lives and helping them make important decisions about their family member. I love being a veterinarian because, by sharing my knowledge with owners, I positively impact the bond between my clients and their four-legged family members. I particularly love geriatric medicine because there is nothing more satisfying than having a positive impact on helping these patients. And while I love so many aspects of veterinary medicine, I often find that the most meaningful appointments are those in which an owner has to say goodbye to their best friend and confidant. 
 
Now, as a member of Lap of Love, I help families enrich the lives of their older pet, and, when the time comes, help them pass peacefully at home surrounded by those who love them the most.  
 
When I am not helping pets and their families, I spend my free time traveling and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with my husband, Chris. I also spent time riding Sampson, a lovely warmblood gelding at a local eventing barn.

 

Dr. Ashleigh

Ashleigh Rhoades

I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona with my dogs, cats, guinea pigs, snakes and even a rat here and there.  As long as I can remember, I have loved animals and needed them to be a part of my life. Even though Phoenix was a large city, we were very close to the desert environment which meant different types of wildlife animals.  Helping wildlife animals in need also became a big part of my childhood and helped drive me toward a career with animals.

However, that career didn’t start in veterinary medicine. I spent a lot of time working with zoo animals and wildlife before deciding that being a veterinarian was my calling.  I attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in hopes of one day becoming a wildlife veterinarian.  However, during my internship working with cats and dogs, I was reminded of how important our household pets can be. Every animal in the world is special, but our pets are a huge part of our FAMILY.

The hardest part starting out in the veterinary profession was the thought of putting an animal to sleep.  I quickly learned that this task was not a burden, but a gift.  As an emergency veterinarian for many years, I have had the privilege of helping lots of animals and this includes helping end an animal’s suffering in the last moments of their life.  The struggle to make the tough decision in the final moments will always be the hardest part of the human animal bond.  It is not something that gets easier with time and it is my honor to be able to help families say goodbye when this time comes.

Dr. Hannah

Hannah Moloney

I grew up in Western Australia with a number of pets including dogs, chickens, rats, guinea pigs and small birds. Most of my childhood was spent running around outside with my Border Collie, Jessie. At an early age, I began to appreciate the special connection that we have with our pets. They become our family members and our best friends. 

I pursued a career in veterinary medicine to help people care for their animals and foster the beautiful connection they have. Upon graduation from veterinary school, I moved abroad and practiced for four years as a small animal veterinarian in Canada before moving to Washington State. Working as a general practice veterinarian had both its challenges and rewards. I adored all my patients but truly enjoyed working with geriatric pets. I found it very rewarding to be able to improve their quality of life and ease suffering as they battled chronic conditions and illness. 

Saying goodbye to a beloved animal is never easy. Through Lap of Love, I feel honored and privileged to be able to provide care in these difficult moments; care not only to the animals that I see, but also to the people who have made them feel loved and cherished their entire lives. By focusing on end of life care, I can provide the peaceful passing that every pet deserves and offer unconditional support to families during this delicate moment.

About Christina Howard

I always had a love for animals. Growing up in rural New Jersey, I spent every moment I could at a local stable mucking stalls, grooming horses, and riding. I started out taking lessons and soon ended up with two horses of my own. My desire to provide top-notch care to them inspired me to learn more about veterinary medicine, and, by age 12, I had quite a collection of veterinary textbooks and magazines. Whenever our veterinarian visited, I asked him all sorts of questions about what I read and he patiently answered every single one of them. His huge wealth of knowledge and ability to positively impact my horse’s well-being inspired me to pursue veterinary medicine as my lifelong career. 
 
Once I decided veterinary medicine was my desired profession, I sought out any animal experience I could find. In high school and college, I spent time at a mixed animal veterinary practice and worked at numerous horse farms. I even spent two months at a sea turtle rehabilitation center in Athens, Greece. After attending veterinary school at North Carolina State University and completing an internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, my husband and I relocated to the Pacific Northwest where I worked for several years as an equine ambulatory veterinarian. I also became certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic care, expanding the level of care I can offer to my clients and patients. 
 
As a veterinarian, I have the privilege of walking into other people’s homes and lives and helping them make important decisions about their family member. I love being a veterinarian because, by sharing my knowledge with owners, I positively impact the bond between my clients and their four-legged family members. I particularly love geriatric medicine because there is nothing more satisfying than having a positive impact on helping these patients. And while I love so many aspects of veterinary medicine, I often find that the most meaningful appointments are those in which an owner has to say goodbye to their best friend and confidant. 
 
Now, as a member of Lap of Love, I help families enrich the lives of their older pet, and, when the time comes, help them pass peacefully at home surrounded by those who love them the most.  
 
When I am not helping pets and their families, I spend my free time traveling and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with my husband, Chris. I also spent time riding Sampson, a lovely warmblood gelding at a local eventing barn.

 

"Dr. Howard was professional and calm. After gathering some information, she reassured us of our decision and talked us through the process. We were able to say goodbye to our cat in my lap, next to the warmth of our fireplace. We are very thankful for this service."

Ben Starnes
Seattle, Washington

"Dr. Maloney was very caring and respectful of Angel and myself. She helped me feel better about the decision that I had made to end Angel's life because I was so torn up inside. She let me have my time with her to say goodbye along with her buddy Gizmo which was very precious !"

Laurel Hartley
Lake Stevens, Washington

"The Lap of Love staff were all so helpful and sweet and Dr Ashleigh was so wonderful. She allowed us to do everything in our time frame and was great at giving us answers to any of our questions that came up throughout the process."

Chelise Simmons
Puyallup, Washington

"I am so thankful to Kiki’s veterinarian for recommending Dr. Rhoades and Lap of Love. It meant so much to us that when Kiki made it clear that she was ready to be let go, that we could do this for her in the comfort of our own home without the struggle and stress of a vet visit. Kiki’s health took a turn for the worse late on a Sunday. I contacted Lap of Love late that night. We are so thankful that Dr. Rhoades had time in her schedule to be there for Kiki on Monday morning. She was so calm and comforting, to both us and Kiki throughout the process. She patiently explained what was going to happen and when it was over she shared some kind words and made a lovely clay paw print impression for us to keep. Thank you, Dr. Rhoades!"

Sarah Valluzzi
Seattle, Washington

"Dr. Hannah was incredibly kind and compassionate during the most difficult time of my life. I was a mess and she was completely understanding and considerate with what I was feeling. She calmly walked me through the process of what she was going to do, even though I have used Lap of Love before. She made sure I had plenty of time with my precious boy before gently wrapping him in a blanket. The care these people take with your precious babies even after they pass is so thoughtful. Thank you, Dr. Hannah, for being there for me and my boy. I am still grieving horribly for my boy but you really helped reassure me that I was making the right choice for Dakota."

Heather Phelps
Lake Stevens, Washington

"We would like to thank Dr. Christina for making a very difficult day as beautiful as possible. She helped us to give our 15-year-old precious dog, Blossom a loving end of life experience. Our journey with Laps of Love has been amazing. From the moment we contacted Laps of Love to our first meeting with Dr. Christina the compassion and kindness was much appreciated.

During the most difficult decision we had to make for our girl, Dr. Christina provided us with comfort and love. Dr. Christina first provided Blossom with a warm touch and smile. Blossom appeared so relaxed and at ease with Dr. Christina. This provided us with such comfort.

She was so loving, comforting, understanding. She answered all our concerns and helped us with all our anxieties about the process. She took her time and allowed us all the time we needed. She loving encouraged us to move at our own pace. She allowed us to spend our last moments with Blossom. She was with us as we each said our goodbyes, kissed Blossom and made sure we were all ready. She was very discrete with the procedure so that we could focus on Blossom rather than what she was doing. Blossom’s journey to the rainbow bridge was peaceful and without pain. We are forever grateful to Dr. Christina for helping us through this difficult time.

Having Blossom make her journey in her own home with her family members around her was exactly what she deserved after 15 years of wonderful moments with us. We feel very blessed to have had this experience with Dr. Christina.

With much love and gratitude.

Helen, Joe, Michelle and Joseph"

Helen Chauvin
Sammamish, Washington

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Support

  (425) 641-0080

Bellevue - Humane Society and SPCA of Seattle/King County

Emergency Clinic

  (425) 823-9111

Seattle Veterinary Specialists: Kirkland

Pet Loss Support

  (425) 745-2750

Edmonds - Letitia H. Gray, MA, LMHC

Emergency Clinic

  (253) 863-2258

Sumner Veterinary Hospital

Pet Loss Support

  (425) 557-7898

Issaquah - Airone Counseling

Emergency Clinic

  (206) 364-1660

ACCES (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) Renton

Pet Loss Support

  (206) 938-8538

Kent - Jennifer Streit, LMHC

Pet Loss Support

  (360) 493-2586

Lacey - Human Animal Solutions

Pet Loss Support

  (206) 236-1544

Mercer Island - Susan J. Perry, MSW

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly assist families in the greater Seattle area. There may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on the time and distance from our veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“We lost our little Buddy yesterday. I’m thankful we were able to spare him the pain of a cancer that came on suddenly and aggressively. As a kitten, he purred in my lap on the journey to his new home and at the distinguished age of 15, he purred in my lap until he took his last breath. His was a complete and fulfilled life that brought our ...
Ben Starnes
December 6, 2019
“My heart is broken my precious Angel, when I come home you aren't meowing for me to touch you because that is all you wanted, just my touch. Your sweet head bumps and the way you put your paw on my leg when we would sit on the couch was the best thing you could do, we were always touching ! I miss your little body next to me in my bed and the way ...
Laurel Hartley
December 5, 2019
“Last night we put our gorgeous Betty Page to sleep. It was one of the most difficult choices that we have ever had to make. We chose to do this at home so Betty would not be stressed and so that our other dog, Foxy Brown, could be there. It was very peaceful and she looked so cute the entire time. RIP Betty Page.”
Chelise Simmons
December 3, 2019
“It has been two months since I last heard your squeaky little meows, or your crazy night time yowls, or your too long claws skittering down the hall. I miss the most your cuddles, my champion of coziness. I miss watching you become less fearful and more social. I miss chatting with you every morning and saying goodnight to you every evening. I ...
Sarah Valluzzi
November 26, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 2111
Everett, Washington 98213

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