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. They can also be mailed to you for $20.
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.
Charlotte Hotchkiss, DVM
I grew up in the suburbs of Boston as the youngest of six children in a big old house with a big old barn. We always had animals around – dogs, cats, horses, and in high school I bred rabbits. When things got too loud in the house, I could escape and be with the animals. I guess that’s how I ended up in vet school.
I went to vet school at Cornell, but wasn’t really sure that I wanted to go into private practice, so I looked into doing research. After the cloudiness of Ithaca, NY, I needed some sunshine, and did graduate work at the University of Florida, earning a PhD in gastrointestinal physiology along with board certification in laboratory animal medicine. I then spent several years working as a clinical veterinarian – except my patients were mostly mice, rats, rabbits, and monkeys.
Working in research is rewarding in the long run, as we find treatments for human and animal diseases, but the process is slow, and it takes a long time to see the positive effects. I originally went to vet school to learn to help animals and people, and I missed that direct interaction when I was working in the lab. That’s when I started looking for opportunities to work with pets and their humans.
Over the years, I’ve had to take pets in to the clinic to be euthanized, and I know how stressful it can be. When my mother was in her final illness, we had a hospice nurse who came to our house, and it was so comforting for my mother to be at home in her own bed those final days. When I found out there was veterinary hospice, I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. I want to help people say goodbye to their beloved pets in familiar and comfortable surroundings, without distractions. And most importantly, I want the pet’s passing to be peaceful and without stress. We owe it to them for all the devotion they give to us.
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.
Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM
Thank you for being so sweet with us. I knew it was going to be difficult to say goodbye to our baby, you made it easier for us. Let us take our time, made everything clear to us so we knew what was happening. You gave me a hug when you left and you meant it. I know you have a hard and sensitive job and I'm grateful for you. Thank you again.
Mindi + Trip"
Mindi SkiddsEverett, Washington
"Thank you so much to Dr. Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM for being so amazing. Thank you for being so patient and kind. You were so gentle and sweet with our little boy and both Mark and I appreciate what you did for us. We feel very at peace with having you come to our home. You knew how much our little boy meant to us and we loved how you took the time to listen to the story of our little boy. This process is never an easy one, but you were truly amazing. We both want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making it a little less painful and stressful. We have already recommended Lap of Love to many of our friends and to our friends in our area, we have recommended you. Thanks so much for taking care of us and our little Samson."
Carrie BarakKent, Washington
"Dr. Ashleigh met with us on May 1st and we were not ready to lose our boy. We were supported and given very good tools to keep track of Finnegan's progress and analyze where we were. It was very clear over the next few days that he wasn't going to get better or more mobile, and Dr. Ashleigh returned on May 8. The process was very peaceful, and we fed Finnegan a new York steak (which he LOVED), snuggled him and loved him and set him free. She was amazing, compassionate, kind and I can't imagine how she does this every day. All I can say, is that it is a true calling and probably the most appreciated profession I could ever imagine. Thank you for making it just a tiny bit easier."
Joleen HughesSeattle, Washington
"They were just amazing. Hope I got the correct Ashley last name. She was gentle kind compassionate. Very patient. I have recommended her to others. Thanks you so much. God bless"
Gayle A AndersonhEdmonds Wa, Washington
"Ashleigh Rhoades was a Gift to Vishnu and Us,Can never Repay her, Amazing Vet. and Human Being."
Robert ArnouxAuburn, Washington
"Dr. Ashleigh was amazing. She allowed us to surround our sweet Mr. Biscuit with everyone who loved him as he went to sleep for the last time. Dr. Ashleigh was kind, loving and so gentle with our sweet sweet boy. I am so grateful that she is the person who was sent to us."
Kathryn LenhardtSeattle, 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 36PO Box 261Seattle, WA 98133