Seattle & Surrounding Areas
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 an engraved cherry wood urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks or mailed directly to you.
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.
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 5am - 8pm. 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.
Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM
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.
Tara Mudry, DVM
I grew up in a large family as the youngest of 6 kids. We lived in rural America and my family spent a tremendous amount of time outdoors camping and hiking. A love and appreciation for nature and all creatures was instilled in us from a very young age. We were taught to be kind and compassionate to all living things, so rescuing and adopting homeless animals was just a way of life for my family. I can’t remember a day when the love and companionship of pets was missing from my family.
Becoming a veterinarian to help animals and their families was a natural career choice for me. I earned both my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. I’ve worked in private practice caring for large and small animals. I’ve enjoyed the rewards and challenges unique to the different species. As an Army Reserve veterinarian, I have cared for military working dogs as well as the valued pets of service members. I also had the opportunity to participate in humanitarian missions providing preventative medicine and animal care to a vast array of species in under-developed areas around the world.
I feel so fortunate to work with such a compassionate and dedicated team of professionals. I am honored to provide exceptional care and support to pets and families who need us. I am humbled to offer some peace of mind and comfort to families during a time filled with such heartache. For no matter how long our pets are part of our lives, it’s never long enough. It’s a privilege in the veterinary profession to prevent unnecessary suffering of beloved pets by offering the choice of a peaceful passing.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of their soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France.
Our furry companions teach us invaluable life lessons since they don’t judge, hate, discriminate, hold grudges or care about money. They love unconditionally and that’s all they want in return. To thank them for this gift, I do this in loving memory of all those I have loved and lost, but not forgotten. Cherished memories of them will always brighten my day and bring a smile to my face.
“Life in not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Vicki Corona
My family strives to live by this motto. We are outdoor enthusiasts, so we love living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and appreciate all it has to offer. We invest our time in creating memories and checking off adventures. We believe in finding happiness through experiences and nature offers endless possibilities.
Christina Howard, DVM, CVA
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.
Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM
"Words cannot express how grateful I am to Christina for helping the family through this tough time. Her kindness and caring for my boy was amazing. Thank you for the professionalism, but more importantly, the tenderness shown through the process. Hemi is at peace now."
Kerry HillLake Stevens, Washington
"Dr. Christina truly helped us make such a difficult task special. She was full of grace and comfort for my wife and I and I feel like Clyde was treated with the honor and respect he deserved."
Scott LewisMaple Valley, Washington
"Dr Ashleigh Rhoades was incredibly professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. She gave me the information and medications I needed to make Sara's last month with me as comfortable as possible. She also provided the tools for me to know when it was time to let go. When that time came she was there and Sara's transition as painfree and peaceful. I will be forever grateful."
Cathy JessupSeattle, Washington
"Thank you so much Dr. Tara! You made a bad situation and happy and remembered experience. I appreciate your patience and letting us spend the last few moments with our precious Oreo."
Jason BakerLynnwood, Washington
"Thank you Dr Tara for helping Bella pass. You were so gentle, kind & patient. You let myself & my daughter Sara cuddle and hold her & cry our hearts out and let my wife & son (who were unfortunately out of town) watch on FaceTime & cry away. You were respectful of our pain, and were so good to our sweet dog. I've done this before at a vets office & it though they were kind & gentle, being in our own home was so much better for all of us
Your service is such a gift."
Michael LippmanSeattle, Washington
"We were so pleased to have Dr. Howard assisting us with Cooper. It was very difficult for our whole family to say goodbye.
Cooper never really liked going to the vet clinic. He always had anxiety once we arrived. So it was a relief to be able to have Cooper at home and at peace. Dr. Howard quickly developed a rapport with Cooper. her acknowledgement that it was the "right" time for this gave us comfort.
Dr. Howard was very patient and kind.She clearly explained what was going to happen. She listened to our stories and allowed us say goodbye at our own pace. We are so grateful!
Not only was this a difficult decision but it was so hard to let him go - she gifted us with her calm presence. Thank you!"
Julie JohnsonRenton, Washington
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Bellevue - Humane Society and SPCA of Seattle/King County
Seattle Veterinary Specialists: Kirkland
Sumner Veterinary Hospital
Edmonds - Letitia H. Gray, MA, LMHC
Issaquah - Airone Counseling
ACCES (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) Renton
Kent - Jennifer Streit, LMHC
Lacey - Human Animal Solutions
Mercer Island - Susan J. Perry, MSW
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.
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 Love10002 Aurora Ave North Suite 36PMB 261Seattle, WA 98133