PRICING AND INFORMATION
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

VETERINARY HOSPICE$275

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.

EUTHANASIA$275

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.

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 Eve, 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, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$225
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$100
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$150
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$200

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.

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 7am-9pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-6pm Saturday-Sunday. 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. Dawnetta

Dawnetta Woodruff

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

 

Dr. Keri

Keri Morgan

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.

Dr. Christina

Christina Scudder

Since I was a child, I remember my mom telling stories of my grandfather’s veterinary practice and his compassion for animals in need. My parents soon recognized that same compassion in me and encouraged me to pursue my dream of following in his footsteps. Growing up around a small farm in northeast Missouri, I was able to experience firsthand the joy of sharing life with a variety of animals. My first love was a Quarter horse named Babe, who was my partner in crime, shoulder to cry on, and a little horse-crazy girl’s dream come true. She always greeted me with a nicker, especially if I came bearing treats. From her, I learned patience, perseverance, and above all, the power of the human-animal bond. 

The discovery of the impact of the human-animal bond made me determined to acquire the necessary skills to help others nurture and sustain that bond with their own pets. This determination to become a skilled and caring veterinarian led me to graduate in the top of my class from Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 and University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. 

Just weeks before graduation as a veterinarian, I suffered from sudden heart failure secondary to a previously undiagnosed adrenal tumor. An amazing team of doctors and a major surgery allowed me to walk across the stage and fulfill my dream, but the weeks of recovery to follow gave me time to reflect on my experiences and also a newfound empathy for pets suffering from similar chronic conditions.

Several months after graduation, I entered general practice in the St. Louis area with the goal of helping pets to live full and happy lives with the owners that love them. It was here that I first discovered my interest in end-of-life care. Watching families say goodbye to their scared and confused companions in an unfamiliar environment broke my heart, and I tried my utmost to improve the experience for those families when I could. When I discovered Lap of Love, I knew I had found the perfect way for me to help those families make their pets’ last moments as comfortable and loving as possible. Our bonds with our pets have a profound impact on our lives, and I strive every day to preserve that bond, especially throughout the difficult decision of saying goodbye.

About Dawnetta Woodruff

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

 

"Saturday was a very difficult day for our family as we said goodbye to our awesome 13 year old bulldog Sammy. We rescued him when he was 4 and we had 9 great years with this handsome, funny guy. He gave us unconditional love and snuggles and we returned with love, belly rubs and kisses. This was probably one of the hardest decisions we had to make, but as he declined, we knew it was the right thing to do for him.

Dr. Chris, from the time she came in the door until she left, made everything so peaceful. Her voice was soothing, she explained everything she was doing so we knew what was happening, and even made our other furbabies feel at ease. She allowed us to smother him with kisses, loves and be as close as we needed to be through the process. That meant so much. I would not have had it any other way. Dr. Chris was AMAZING. Thank you for everything you did to make it a peaceful experience for our Sammy, and calmed a bit of anxiety for us also.

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Amber Manning
Fenton, Missouri

"First of all, I can't thank Lap of Love enough. Bella, my 15 yo lab collie mix meant the world to me. I often said that I loved her with my whole heart and I meant it. I know she loved me with her whole heart as well. Making the decision to let Bella go was one I anguished over, unfortunately she began to deteriorate incredibly quickly this past Friday and I knew I had to do something.

From the moment I called Lap of Love I was met with kindness, understanding, sympathy and compassion. Each person I spoke with was incredible and even when I was a bit hesitant and or wishy washy on what I wanted and when, the staff showed complete and utter patience and empathized with the difficulty of the situation.

I didn't want Bella to suffer so I decided to have Lap of Love come out this past Monday Feb 10th 2020. I was so very fortunate that they sent Dr. Christina Scudder to work with me and my family. Dr. Chris made everything so very easy. From the moment she walked through the door until all was done she was loving, kind, compassionate, caring. I don't like to grieve (re cry) in front of others but Dr. Chris made it okay. I could tell she understood what I was going through and wanted to support me but more importantly than that, she understood what Bella was going through and wanted to help her. As I noted earlier I'd anguished over the decision to help Bella move on but Dr. Chris reinforced my thoughts then supported Bella and I throughout.

We played classical music, lit the fireplace then I got on the floor with Bella and loved her right through the end. Dr. Chris explained every step, every process, made sure that we were prepared for all we might face and only acted when I was ready to act. She let me love my dog and I know... I know for a fact that Bella's passing was made easier for Bella and I because Dr. Chris was there.

Dr. Chris, thank you so very much for you kindness and then gentle way you handled all of us that day. I wish the day had never come but you made it so much easier!!"

Burnis Chitwood
Creve Coeur, Missouri

"Dr. Chris was so kind, patient and gentle. Daisy was relaxed, and at peace. So were we. Her sister Riley was with her, and was able to see and smell when she was gone. It was a lovely ending to a very difficult time.

My family is so very grateful to have had access to this service. I highly recommend Lap of Love when the time comes."


SAINT LOUIS, Missouri

"Dr Chris was amazing. I want to thank her for the service she provided for our beloved Syd. Putting him to rest was on of the most difficult decisions to make. Dr. Chris's compassionate and loving spirit helped to make this an easier situation and gain acceptance with our decision.

The memorial she eloquently posted was captured after only spending a few minutes with the family. This really shows that Dr. Chris has been gifted and blessed with extraordinary compassion and attentiveness to our feelings and grief.

God Bless you Dr. Chris."

Rene Lanier
Saint Louis, Missouri

"Dawnetta, thank you so much for being there for me and Honey. Honey was so comfortable with you, she thought I had one of my girlfriends over. During your visit, you were our friend. ❤ I cannot thank you enough for the support you gave me before, during, and after your time with us. Thank you for the gift that I was able to wrap and send home with Charlotte today. You made one of the hardest days of my life so much less painful and for that I am forever grateful for you. I am struggling to talk about my feelings about Honey being gone today, but it has been so easy to speak about how wonderful your services were. Thank you for sharing your heart with pets and people who are hurting. You and your team are truly angels. With all my heart, thank you. ❤❤"

J S
St. Louis, Missouri

"It was a very difficult decision to euthanize our sweet Chase, but Dr. Chris made it go as smoothly as it possibly could have. She was so kind to us and to Chase and really cared about creating a compassionate, painless end to our boy's life. It was a huge relief to us to see that he was in good hands once she arrived. She listened to our stories about him, genuinely connected with us and with him during the process, and made a difficult moment for us much easier. Thanks to her, our boy passed very easily and peacefully, and we had the peace of mind of knowing that he had the most dignified end he could have."

Blair Hopkins
St Louis, Missouri

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (314) 822-7600

St Louis: Animal Emergency Clinic South (Big Bend & 141)

Emergency Clinic

  (636) 240-5496

St Louis: Animal Emergency Clinic O'Fallon

Emergency Clinic

  (314) 739-1510

St Louis: Associated Veterinary Specialists (Bridgeton)

Emergency Clinic

  (636) 536-4991

St Louis: Midwest Veterinary Referral Clinic (Chesterfield)

Emergency Clinic

  (636) 227-9400

St Louis: Veterinary Specialty Services (Manchester)

Emergency Clinic

  (618) 346-1843

Illinois: Animal Emergency Center (Collinsville)

  (314) 608-6150

Christine Corrigan Mendez, M.Ed., PLPC

  (314) 602-1854

Allison White (licensed social worker)

Baue Pet Services - grief class & pet loss support group

  (636) 284-4747

Paws Forever Pet Loss Support Group

Forever In My Heart Pet Loss Group - Franklin Co Humane Society

SERVICE AREA

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 
 
Proudly serving the IL / Metro East areas including: 
Belleville, Columbia, Dupo, Fairview Heights, Millstadt, Swansea, Waterloo

Extended MO Travel Areas (additional $50 charge applies to these areas):
Defiance, Ferguson, Florissant, Hazelwood, High Ridge, House Springs, Lake St Louis, O’Fallon, Pacific, Spanish Lake, St. Ann, St. Charles, St. Peters, Wentzville, Wildwood
 
Extended IL Travel Areas (additional $50 charge applies to these areas):
Caseyville, Collinsville, Granite City, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Mascoutah
Pet Memorials
“We first met Sawyer when he was 4 years old & was a new resident at Five Acres Animal Shelter where we had just started volunteering. We worked a mobile adoption event, & he was one of the pets brought that day. I thought he was adorable with his smooshie puggle face & curly tail. His body was tri-colored & his legs were long like a beagle. He ...
Amy Kunze
January 31, 2020
“Roscoe this house is empty without you. You gave us so much joy for your 16 years with us. Saying goodbye was so hard, but I know you just couldn't fight anymore. I hope we made you as happy, as you made us. We love you buddy.”
Debbie Arnold
January 23, 2020
“In loving memory of my sweet Lucy. You were the most beautiful and caring spirit. Always by my side or waiting for me around the corner. You loved chasing , catching and playing with the tennis ball and you were really good at it! Then you would always love to jump into your kiddie pool for a quick dip. I love you so very much and will have a ...
Tammy Ginn
January 17, 2020
“Duke was a big sweet, silly, furry boy, He rescued us just as much as we rescued him. He came into our lives shortly after we lost another beloved Golden named Soldier. Duke had big shoes to fill and he more than did so in his own wonderful way. When we first adopted him he was wild, un-neutered, flea-infested and pretty sick overall. He ...
Candace Flynn
January 2, 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.


Mailing Address

Lap of Love
5640 B Telegraph Rd
#238
St. Louis , Missouri 63129

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This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff.

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