PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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.

TELEADVICE$150

Using phone or Zoom, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 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 49 pounds$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 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 49 pounds$175
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 Doctors
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. Evin

Evin Luehrs

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs but have come to call many places home over the last two decades. I went to boarding school located on a working cow farm in Vermont, attended undergrad at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, spent a gap year in Wyoming and Colorado, followed by vet school at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts. I spent my first three years in small animal general practice in British Columbia, Canada and I’ve been in the Seattle area since 2018.

I first considered veterinary medicine after a summer job working at a small animal clinic as a kennel attendant. I decided for sure on this career path after volunteering on a few week-long trips with Rural Area Veterinary Services, an organization which provides spay/neuter & wellness services to underserved rural communities in the United States. These experiences continue to shape my practice philosophy, as I am passionate about helping both individual pets as well as the community at large.

I lost my 9-year-old cat Winston after an unexpected cancer diagnosis and, for the first time since becoming a vet, I experienced being a grieving owner myself. I will never forget the kindness and compassion provided to me and my cat by the emergency veterinarian helping us. That care and compassion is what drew me to Lap of Love. My goal is to provide the same level of compassion and reassurance to owners that I received with Winston and I see my ability to help pets with their final transition as a gift and a privilege.

In addition to my DVM, I also recently earned my MPH degree from the University of Iowa’s distance-based program. I grew up with two wonderful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, but as an adult, I have morphed into more of a cat person and currently own a feisty male tuxedo cat named Thomas. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, playing oboe in community orchestra, and getting outdoors to go hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

Dr. Jason

Jason Laramore

I have lived in the greater Seattle area for the majority of my life and currently reside in Issaquah, Washington. I graduated from Seattle Preparatory School and went on to patronize three state universities during the course of my education. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Washington University, completed two years of pre-veterinary requirements at the University of Washington, and then attended veterinary school at Washington State University. I am a firm believer in supporting state universities!

The decision to become a veterinarian was made early in life. I grew-up in a medical family as my father is a practicing physician specializing in head and neck cancer at the University of Washington. Personally, I cared for a number of different animals during childhood: dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, rats, snakes, and even a tarantula. In addition, I helped rehabilitate injured wildlife such as squirrels and various birds. This background, coupled with an affinity for the sciences and life-long love of animals, made veterinary medicine an easy and natural choice for my profession. 

Since graduation from veterinary school, I have worked at small animal practices in Washington and Arizona. This included a nine-year stint owning and operating a feline-exclusive practice. After selling my practice, I decided to explore other facets of the veterinary profession beyond small animal practice. Two such jobs included processing insurance claims and appeals as well as providing clinical medical care for non-human primates at the Washington National Primate Research Center.

I am happy and grateful for the opportunity to specialize in end-of-life services for Lap of Love.  Hospice care and humane euthanasia are emotionally demanding areas of veterinary medicine, and I have found that providing these services for terminally ill pets and their grieving owners is vitally important and meaningful for all involved. I am honored and humbled to be able to devote myself full-time to providing end-of-life services for the greater Seattle community.

Dr. Jen

Jen Bush

I was born in Alaska, but I have lived in multiple states throughout the US. I chose to settle in the Pacific Northwest because of the beautiful scenery and easily accessible outdoor activities. I also love the rain, though I enjoy some sun when it comes out. I was a vet assistant for many years before deciding to go to vet school at Oregon State University and, while in school, I traveled to Nicaragua to help care for pets in a village on a small island. This was an amazing experience and gave me a greater appreciation for the bond we share with our pets. After graduation from vet school, I completed a rotating small animal internship at a specialty hospital. 

Veterinary work fulfills me because at the end of the day, no matter what, I get to say that I spend my life helping animals and the families who love them. I have worked in shelter medicine, general practices, eastern/alternative medicine practices, and emergency medicine throughout my career. During the years, I’ve realized that my passion is hospice and palliative care. I love older animals and knowing that they have provided a lifetime of love to their families. I love the challenge of trying to make their lives easier in whatever ways I can, whether that be pain control, creative feeding, adapting the living environment, or walk assistive devices and guidance. I’m grateful for the ability to help where I can, especially when the time comes to help a beloved pet pass peacefully and painlessly. I believe that a peaceful passing at home, surrounded by loving family, is the best last gift we can give to our pets. I have shared my life with many animals and have had to say goodbye to many of them. I know what a special bond our pets have with us and how important it is to make that final memory as special as possible. 

In my free time I enjoy hiking, gardening, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with my cats. My hobby goals are to start quilting and learn more about permaculture gardening. 

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.

 

"It was very hard to say goodbye to our beloved Pushkin but we knew she was suffering and her health and vitality were going fast. She had multiple cancerous tumors. We miss her terribly but know we did the right thing. It was important to us that Pushy not be put in a crate - she hated that! - and taken to the vet's office to die. Her last moments would have been stressful. Instead, they were peaceful and she experienced them in familiar surroundings. Dr. Evin was gentle and kind, and we were able to hold her, say goodbye, and let her go."

Margaret Ganong
Burien, Washington

"Jasper had enjoyed a healthy life until the last 6 months of 2020 when his 14 years of age caught up with him. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the visit to the vet involved the tech arriving at your car to bring your pet into the clinic. Jasper had spent 3 days at the vet clinic over Labor Day, not his favorite place to be. We decided to keep him home for his final day. Lap of Love and Dr. Evin Luehrs provided us with a private, non traumatic, in home way to say goodbye to our Jasper. Dr. Luehrs introduced himself to us and explained everything to come. Jasper came to meet Dr, Luehrs and thought he was pretty cool offering him treats. And he was a veterinarian, too! Jasper retired to his bed while we reminiscence about his life with us. Thank you Lap of Love for our special finale moment with Jasper."

Carol Tebow
Burien, Washington

"Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades was very compassionate and professional. She explained the procedure to us very thoroughly. She followed up with us the next day. Thank you so much for being there for us. This service is one we would definitely recommend! We did not have to endure that last ride to the Vet."

Samantha Campbell
Auburn, Washington

"Dr. Howard helped make our loss of Picasso as bearable as it could be. We are so grateful for her supporting us in taking the time we needed and space to include our kids (ages 4 and 6). We’ll always be grateful that they got to experience his death as a normal rather than scary process. We're also grateful we got to be with him all the way until she drove away with his body, and to know he was in caring hands. He has been an anchor for so long, and it will be some time before the house doesn’t feel empty and quiet. Thank you for helping us give Picasso dignity and comfort (and to allow him to enjoy favorite cheese right at the very end!) on his last day with us. We are grateful."

Megan Slade
Seattle, Washington

"Ali was a sweet old boy, and at 19 years his little body was just too tired. We knew we wanted him to pass peacefully in his own home, surrounded by love and cozy blankets. Lap of Love was highly recommended to us, and our experience with them could not have been any better, given the circumstances. Dr. Christina was the perfect match for us; she was warm, authentic, and compassionate. We are so very grateful..."

Elizabeth Bennetto
Seattle, Washington

"Lap of Love truly honored and supported our family in this heart-breaking time. They offered a safe place to share memories and feelings. They answered all questions with empathy and patience. They provided information for how to help our kids work through loss. Dr. Evin was attentive, caring, and loving to Gracie and our family in Gracie's final hour. I really cannot imagine a better way to let go of our beloved family dog. I'm so grateful for this service."

Andrea Calhoun
Seattle, 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
“If Tears Could Built A Stairway,
And Memories A Lane,
I'd Walk Right Up To Heaven And
Bring You Home Again.
In loving memory of our Jasper, devoted pet and determined working dog.”
Carol Tebow
February 21, 2021
“We miss our special little Josie so much! She was one month shy of her 16th birthday. Josie had a heart murmur, which was managed by several different meds. The meds then affected her kidneys. She was almost completely deaf, as well as blind in left eye, and almost completely blind in the right eye. But she still had joy! Lately, her most ...
Samantha Campbell
February 9, 2021
“Saying goodbye to Picasso was one of the most difficult and comforting experiences we have had as a family. In true fashion, he patiently and lovingly let us know that he was ready to be relieved of his aging and worn down body. The most important thing to him was to be close to us, and we were grateful that we got to be with him for his last few ...
Megan Slade
February 7, 2021
“Our beloved ‘Gracie Girl’ passed peacefully last night at home surrounded in love by her family, Todd, Andrea, Maggie (10) and Roxie (7). She also received a loving, goodbye visit with her grandparents, Curt and Sissel, yesterday.

Gracie was a central part of our family life for 14 years. She was our family’s first and only fur baby; and she ...
Andrea Calhoun
February 4, 2021
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.

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Lap of Love
PO Box 2111
Everett, Washington 98213

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