St. Louis & 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 a lovely cherry wooden urn with an engraved tag 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.
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 a pond in the country.
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 6am - 10pm. 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.
From the age of 7, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up on a farm, our family had many dogs and cats - but as with most animal lovers, there is frequently one that touches your heart more than the rest. For me, that one was Whitey, my Great Pyrenees. She was by my side every day as I did chores at the barn, as I played outside, and even as I waited at the bus stop. She was a gentle soul, and always seemed to sense my mood. When I was happy she wanted to play, when I was sad she would sit with her head in my lap giving me comfort and companionship - but when I moved away to college, Whitey got sick. My parents called to tell me that Whitey may not be able to hang on until I returned home. I went home that weekend to see her one last time, and I felt blessed that during Whitey's last minutes, we were both at home and she was able to lay her head in my lap and pass away with dignity and in peace.
During my career as a veterinarian, I have worked in a mixed animal hospital, in an emergency clinic, and in a small animal hospital. The experiences have been very different, however my favorite aspect of the job remains the same; I love interacting with clients and witnessing the bond that they have with their pets. A pet loves unconditionally and brings joy to the family. I believe it is the same kind of unconditional love that allows us, as veterinarians and pet owners, to make the difficult decision of when to say goodbye to our beloved companions.
We are never truly ready to let go, and euthanasia is never an easy decision - however a familiar, comfortable environment can make the process less stressful and more peaceful for everyone. My hope is that I can provide a listening ear, professional advice, and a compassionate experience for you and your pet when the time comes to say goodbye and allow them move on to a better place.
Photo Courtesy of St. Louis Post Dispatch
As a small child, I spent most summer days convincing my friends to help me scour the neighborhood to find and save all of the fuzzy caterpillars. No matter the species, every animal I saw had a special place in my heart. My first pet was a cute, white rabbit I craftily acquired for “free” on Easter Day when my parents were conveniently out of town. Before too long, I got an additional rabbit friend by presenting a well-thought-out PowerPoint on why rabbits need companions. In addition to rabbits, we had three wonderful cats. Naturally, in my mind the next project was a dog. In middle school, my family adopted a Collie named Charlie from an animal rescue. Charlie was found abandoned on the side of the highway with two other puppies. Despite his tough beginnings, Charlie was a patient, gentle dog that touched everyone in my family. Unfortunately, Charlie’s last day with my family was abrupt. My dad and I rushed him to the emergency room one night for respiratory distress, but he was never able to recover. Even though the end to Charlie’s life was difficult, I will forever cherish the bond we shared.
As a pet owner and a veterinarian, I understand how leaving the comfortable, safe home environment lends a level of anxiety for most pets. During my time at Mizzou Veterinary Medical School, I focused my interest on animal behavior. In my final year, I become Fear-Free certified so that I could minimize the stress of every animal I treated. Working for Lap of Love, the anxiety of leaving the house is eliminated. With gentle handling, I can focus on every pet’s individual needs, whether that is making the last months comfortable or making those final moments as peaceful as possible.
Very early in life, I learned the value of the human-animal bond. Rabbit, cat, dog – the connection we make with each of our pets is unique and special. I am honored to work with a group of veterinarians with so much care for each and every life.
I wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age and consider myself lucky to have grown up in a family of medical professionals. My parents helped me nurse several injured animals (wild and domestic) back to health throughout my childhood. It was incredibly rewarding to watch those animals thrive, and it solidified my decision to pursue veterinary medicine.
Our family dog was an amazing Labrador named Shadow. She was an incredibly smart and loving dog. She was our shadow, always following us around to be part of our activities. She seemed to be able to sense and react to human emotions in a very special way, which made me feel even closer to her. When she fell ill suddenly, we were devastated. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and we were informed that surgery would not extend her life. We made the difficult decision that day to let her pass peacefully. It was incredibly painful to lose her, but I am thankful that she didn’t have to suffer. I will always be grateful for the time that we shared and all of the wonderful memories of Shadow that I keep close to my heart.
I grew up on the West Coast, and graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Since graduation, I have worked in small animal practices caring for dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rodents, and other small pets. I especially enjoy working with senior pets and assisting them with their unique needs. I recognize that a lot of pets are fearful upon entering a veterinary hospital and assisting with end of life care surrounded by their family with treats, toys, blankets can ease their distress.
I consider it a privilege to work with pets in the comfort of their own home. I enjoy hearing stories about each pet and how they have touched the hearts of their loving owners. The human-animal bond is truly beautiful and special. Helping pets pass peacefully is one way I can help honor that bond.
My husband and recently moved to the St. Louis area with our four cats: JB, Wyatt, Izzy and Baker. We enjoy volunteering with rescue organizations to help find forever homes for pets.
Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM
"We would like to thank Dr. Morgan for her compassion and support. Making the decision to set Cooper free of his pain and losing his presence as a part of our family was such a heart wrenching decision, but Dr. Morgan was wonderful. She was always responsive and supportive during our phone calls and offered so much comfort. We are forever grateful for her and Lap of Love."
Cindy GSt. Louis, Missouri
"One month ago, I had to say goodbye to one of the best friends anyone could have asked for - Kura Lou. Kura was just LIFE and LOVE and I'm so grateful for the 13.5 years we walked this planet together.
In the end, Kura was very sick and it was time to say goodbye. From the first phone call I made to Lap of Love, I experienced nothing but kindness, gentleness, and understanding. Dr. Morgan was so kind and respectful of the situation.
These moments are so hard to go through but Dr. Morgan and the Lap of Love team were there to support Kura and our family every step of the way. I am so appreciative of the kindness and caring they've shown. They are very thoughtful in every thing they do.
I will forever miss my Kura Lou."
Lindsay LaySt. Louis, Missouri
"Within the last few months, we have had to make the decision to euthanize 2 of our 3 elderly pets - our dog Faye and our cat Twiggy. In both cases, Dr. Carrie provided caring guidance and expertise before, during and after their final moments with us. In addition, each time I spoke with anyone on the phone, they were so understanding and helpful.
Everything about each experience was gentle. Dr. Carrie connected with us, listened, and also took the time to connect with Faye and Twiggy. Upon her arrival to our house the first time, Faye spotted her sweetness right away - being full of sweetness herself, Faye sidled right up to her and had some face to face time! It meant so much to us that, with Dr. Carrie's support, we were able to help our two sweet girls pass gently, surrounded by our love. We loved them so dearly and provided them with the best life we could, so I can't express how important it was to us that they experience a "good death." Dr. Carrie's memorials were so kind and perceptive, and we loved reading them. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Carrie and Lap of Love."
Jenny MorrisonSt. Louis, Missouri
"As I write this testimonial, my emotions are still very raw. Less than 24 hours ago, Dr. Dawnetta came into our home and helped set our sweet little mini-schnauzer, Pepper, free from his earthly discomfort. I can't begin to explain the peace and serenity our entire family felt throughout her visit. Having the opportunity to lovingly let our little buddy go in the comfort and safety of his own home, on his own couch, with his own blankie and with everyone who cherished him present, is something you can't put a price tag on. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our special baby, but our hearts are so very grateful for Lap of Love and Dr. Dawnetta. Her compassion, kindness and respect for our sweet Pepper will never be forgotten. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Jessica MizellSt. Louis, Missouri
"It's been almost 3 weeks since Dr. Dawnetta came to our house and assisted with the passing of our sweet Libby. It is still very hard for me to think or speak about; I miss her so. The house feels empty and quiet, and I still turn around hoping to see her there, but it was her time to leave us, and I'm grateful for the sixteen years we had with her. I want to thank Dr. Dawnetta for her compassion, understanding, and most of all, gentle handling of our precious pup. We found out about Lap of Love by a casual conversation with an individual (talking about our pets) in a physician's waiting room, which I now think must have been divine intervention. Libby's health had been on a more rapid decline than expected in the last few months, and my biggest fear was that I would have to take her into a clinic on her last day and cause her undue stress and discomfort. I am so lucky to have found Lap of Love; this service was a blessing, and I am very grateful to Dr. Dawnetta. Thank you."
Karla HowellOFALLON, Missouri
"Dr. Morgan was incredibly compassionate and caring for our dog’s in-home service. She was so kind and patient with Cocoa and with us and made our entire experience very beautiful and comfortable. She remembered everything that we told her about Cocoa, and within just a few short hours, had already written and sent us a beautiful memorial to our girl. She was very informative throughout the entire procedure, which made it very comforting for us. For being such a difficult time for our family, Dr. Morgan truly made this the best experience possible, given the circumstances. We could not have asked for a better vet to come into our home! We would wholeheartedly recommend her without hesitation!"
Gary PhillipsChesterfield, Missouri
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
St Louis: Animal Emergency Clinic South (Big Bend & 141)
St Louis: Animal Emergency Clinic O'Fallon
St Louis: Associated Veterinary Specialists (Bridgeton)
St Louis: Midwest Veterinary Referral Clinic (Chesterfield)
St Louis: Veterinary Specialty Services (Manchester)
Illinois: Animal Emergency Center (Collinsville)
Christine Corrigan Mendez, M.Ed., PLPC
Allison White (licensed social worker)
Baue Pet Services - grief class & pet loss support group
Paws Forever Pet Loss Support Group
Forever In My Heart Pet Loss Group - Franklin Co Humane Society
Helping families in the following areas:
Proudly serving the St. Louis / St. Louis Metro areas including:
Affton, Arnold, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clayton, Fenton, Frontenac, Kirkwood, Lemay, Maryland Heights, Mehlville, Oakville, St Louis City, Sunset Hills, Town & Country, University City, Valley Park, Wildwood
Proudly serving the IL / Metro East areas including:
Belleville, Columbia, Dupo, Fairview Heights, Millstadt, Swansea, Waterloo
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 Love5640 B Telegraph Rd, #238St. Louis, MO 63129
Nine Network: Pet Hospice Home
Tails Pet Magazine: Conscious Living: Understanding Veterinary Hospice
Tails Pet Magazine: Caring Beyong a Cure: a Look at Veterinary Hospice
Metropet Magazine: Canine Grief - When Our Furry Friends Lose Their Buddy
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Pet Owners Say Goodbye at Home
St. Louis KPLR 11: Pet Hospice
St. Louis Fox 2: Pet Hospice Care
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff