Phoenix & Surrounding Areas

  (602) 996-4764

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.
PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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$100

Using phone or Skype, 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 39 pounds$300
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$330
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 a lovely cedar urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$180
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 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 on a private farm with no visitation. 

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
COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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. Danielle

Danielle Strohacker

I’m a rare Arizona native who grew up in the east valley. As a kid, I loved science and medicine and knew I wanted my career to be in a service to help others. I, like many kids, went through all the different ways I could help - I wanted to be a police officer, a firefighter, then a paramedic, then a pediatrician. It wasn’t until I was almost a teenager that I realized what I really wanted was to be a veterinarian. Animals are one of the best things in life, one of the most pure hearts and they need someone to have a voice for them. I knew with absolute certainty that I wanted to be that voice, and that was when I decided to pursue a career as a veterinarian. 

I attended Arizona State University for my undergraduate degree and then moved to the island of St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After vet school, I moved back to Arizona to do an internship in Emergency and Critical Care, and continued to practice in this niche of medicine for 7 years. It was through this practice that I realized how much I valued being there for families when it was time to say good-bye to their furry family members.

I’ve always been thankful for the gift of euthanasia. While never an easy decision, it is one we make out of love for our pets, to ease or prevent suffering and let them pass in peace. Being able to provide this service in the comfort of their own home is something I truly value and I’m grateful and honored to be able to help.

My husband and I have three cats and two dogs. Our most recent addition is our chihuahua, Daryl, who has a terminal illness. We are so happy to rescue this little guy and give him a forever home until it is time to say good-bye. In my spare time, besides hanging out with my hubby and fur babies, I love being outdoors and experiencing new food and cultures.

Dr. Elena

Elena Esparza

I grew up in Southern California and always had a general love for animals. During my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Pomona, I was very fortunate to experience working with animals hands-on, which is when I really developed my passion and understanding that I wanted to become a veterinarian.  I have so many unforgettable experiences during college from livestock, foal watch, exotic species, companion animals, and even spent a summer in South Africa learning about wildlife.  

I attended the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine with an open mind as to what future career path I would take, but I found myself gravitating towards emergency medicine. After earning my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health, I completed my internship focused on small animal emergency. While working in emergency medicine, I faced many challenging cases that have allowed me to utilize some amazing skills, but it was the times when I was able to help a family say goodbye to their best friend that I felt I was able to truly provide a service that was immensely meaningful and important.  

When it does come time to say goodbye, having the opportunity to bring peace to your family and special companion while in the comfort of your own home is something so special and truly an honor for me to be a part of. 

Dr. Scott

Scott Nichols

A lifelong Arizonan, my commitment to animals was fueled by exploring the diverse ecosystems of our local canyons, rivers, and mountains as a child. From these days, I learned to deeply respect and love nature, the bonds we share with animals, and the world that sustains and inspires us all.

I was raised in a small town by parents in the medical field. They instilled a philosophy that medicine is a career of service, of helping people and supporting a community. This was back in a time when family doctors in small towns made house calls to check on their patients and as a kid, I got to tag along. It was humbling to listen as families celebrated healing and talked openly about illness and aging. Sometimes my dad could help and sometimes all he could do was listen and give comfort. So, I learned early that it is an honor to be a guest in a person’s home and a privilege to lend a hand.

I attended veterinary school at Colorado State University, inspired to study the limitless bond we share with our pets and the loving homes we create for them. For love, a small bed, and a bowl of food, they give us all their joy and happiness and there is never a dull moment. How lucky we are to have and care for them!

For the past 20 years, I have happily served in animal welfare roles for universities and the government. Over the years, I have worked on projects pairing Veterans with PTSD to service dogs, breeding endangered species, tracking bats and skunks for rabies detection, and studying the health of Alaskan fishes. I’ve worked in animal emergency hospitals, volunteered in Mexico to reduce animal overpopulation and lectured to veterinary students. It’s been wonderfully rewarding, but an important part was missing.

I joined Lap of Love to answer a personal calling, a desire to spend the second half of my career helping people and their pets in their homes and to honor the old-fashioned way of making house calls. Our world is full of inspiring people and animals. Getting to help you both makes me thankful to be a veterinarian every day.

About Danielle Strohacker

I’m a rare Arizona native who grew up in the east valley. As a kid, I loved science and medicine and knew I wanted my career to be in a service to help others. I, like many kids, went through all the different ways I could help - I wanted to be a police officer, a firefighter, then a paramedic, then a pediatrician. It wasn’t until I was almost a teenager that I realized what I really wanted was to be a veterinarian. Animals are one of the best things in life, one of the most pure hearts and they need someone to have a voice for them. I knew with absolute certainty that I wanted to be that voice, and that was when I decided to pursue a career as a veterinarian. 

I attended Arizona State University for my undergraduate degree and then moved to the island of St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After vet school, I moved back to Arizona to do an internship in Emergency and Critical Care, and continued to practice in this niche of medicine for 7 years. It was through this practice that I realized how much I valued being there for families when it was time to say good-bye to their furry family members.

I’ve always been thankful for the gift of euthanasia. While never an easy decision, it is one we make out of love for our pets, to ease or prevent suffering and let them pass in peace. Being able to provide this service in the comfort of their own home is something I truly value and I’m grateful and honored to be able to help.

My husband and I have three cats and two dogs. Our most recent addition is our chihuahua, Daryl, who has a terminal illness. We are so happy to rescue this little guy and give him a forever home until it is time to say good-bye. In my spare time, besides hanging out with my hubby and fur babies, I love being outdoors and experiencing new food and cultures.

"Dr Scott is one of the most soft spoke, kindest and caring individuals we have had the pleasure of meeting. He walked us through one of the most difficult times of our lives. He will never be forgotten."

Alan Tripp
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Scott Nichols was so kind and gentle and informative during this difficult time. I want to thank him and the entire lap of love staff for being so kind to us throughout all of this. I will remember kindness and I am at peace knowing that our doggy was able to be comfortable at home when she went to heaven. Thank you for the kindness we will never forget it."

Lindsey Minero
Chandler, Arizona

"Dr Scott Nichols was awesome. I’m grateful he was able to come take Wolfe on his final journey."

Toni and Lee Thomas
Maricopa, Arizona

"Dr. Elena was truly amazing. One cannot even fathom how hard it is to lose a pet family member - especially one that's been with you for so long, but she was kind, compassionate and loving. The experience was so much better because of her. I know Chester felt nothing but peace."


Maricopa, Arizona

"Thank you SO MUCH Dr. Elena for being so compassionate, understanding, patient, & loving. You made our last moments with our sweet Hanky so beautiful. Thank you Lap of Love for truly making the hardest thing ever an easier & loving process. I'm so grateful 🙏 💛"

Hayley Kizer
Gilbert, Arizona

"Thank you for your efforts to help me understand the hardest decision of my life for my loyal little companion. Though I did my best to maintain my composure, I respect your kindness. Knowledge and understanding. You were genuinely compassionate, and did your best to deliver a lesser painful ending for my baby on this earth for his transition.

Thank you kindly,

David Esqueda"

David Esqueda
Tempe, Arizona

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (602) 995-3757

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Phoenix

  (602) 995-5885

Pet Loss Support Group Phoenix Companion Animal Association of AZ

  (623) 974-1520

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, West Valley/Peoria

  (602) 750-8051

Deer Valley Counseling Pet Loss Counseling

  (480) 898-0001

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of AZ, East Valley/Mesa

  (602) 866-0713

Pets Unlimited Grief Support (P.U.G.S.)

  (480) 991-1845

VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital

  (480) 382-4320

Paws Bereavement, Pet Grief Therapy
Dennily Lerner, LCSW

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Phoenix area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be an additional drive fee of $50-$75 depending on your location. Please call for more information. 

Pet Memorials
“Our Dear Sasha, you came into our lives so very, very unexpectedly and the mark you left will stay forever. Mom and Dad were simply going down to Yuma to celebrate Uncle Walters birthday for the weekend. On Sunday, after attending worship services, Mom and Dad returned to Walters house to visit a little more and then head back to Phoenix. Walter ...
Alan Tripp
January 11, 2021
“Oreo we will love you forever! You were the best dog in the world! I truly believe you were heaven sent and meant for our family! We are so blessed you were a part of our lives! You are always with us in our hearts! Oreo girl I know you are running around the rainbow bridge out of pain and happy! Your buddy Toby misses you too! We love you so ...
Lindsey Minero
December 31, 2020
“Wolfe was so cute and funny. His ears did not stand as most German Shepards. In fact he had a floppy ear and we loved him so much. Wolfe is dearly missed by both my husband and myself as well as other family members and friends. He was very affectionate and loved to jump on you and take a kiss.”
Toni and Lee Thomad Thomas
November 25, 2020
“Chester was with us just over 20 years - through my son's grade school, high school and college years, 2 marriages, 1 divorce, 11 moves, (2 of those across the country) and countless life events. He was a constant and always happy to see us, always cheerful no matter what. The hole he has left will never be filled but our love for him will be ...
October 22, 2020
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
P.O. Box 84562
Phoenix, Arizona 85071

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