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.
Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM
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
Keri Morgan, DVM, MPH
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.
Carrie Roberts, DVM
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
"Dr Morgan is gentle, sweet, informative and clearly compassionate about the gentle passing of your pet.
This is the second time I have invited Lap of Love into my home to euthanise a pet. My dog Carter was 13 and 80lbs he had a lot of senior ailments over the last 6 months including severe arthritis and joint pain which was starting to effect his ability to stand and get up off the floor plus he had a lot of internal digestive issues which resulted in constant diarrhoea . After a lot of trial and error meds it just seemed apparent that his body was hurting and I didn’t want to see him struggle with not only the humiliation of not being able to make it outside to go to relieve himself , but also see him walking in such pain. It’s always a hard decision to call a vet and mentally prepare to make the decision to end the life of your wonderful pet companion but I wouldn’t do it any other way than have a vet from Lap of Love come into my home to perform the task.
It can be so traumatic taking a sick or frail pet out of its comfort zone , creating more anxiety by driving to your vet office, waiting in the waiting room etc if you call in Lap of Love it’s a gift of “gentle sleep” for your pet.. Dr Morgan has a quiet and calm demeanour , she walked into my home and immediately joined me on my floor with my sick boy, her voice was calm and reassuring , and there was no extra stress for my 2 dogs and young son. It’s a blessing to be able to euthanise your pet in your home and if you’re worried about the relatively small extra amount of cash it may cost it is well worth spending a little more because 1) your pet deserves it 2) the final menory you and your family will have is being at home with your pet as s/he passes peaceful as if going to sleep, calmly as is possible in their familiar territory with you holding them.
Dr Morgan is gentle, sweet, informative and clearly compassionate about the gentle passing of your pet. Thank you Dr Morgan."
Kira SomachSt. Louis, Missouri
"My wife and I can’t thank Dr. Morgan enough for the thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion shown to us during a very emotional and devastating time. We were so thankful we were able to spend our last moments with our Bailey at home, with a fire in the fireplace (a favorite of Bailey’s) and a comfortable setting for her. Dr. Morgan and Lap of Love provide a very valuable and appreciated service."
Barry KlinckhardtSt. Louis, Missouri
"We are so grateful to Dr. Dawnetta and Laps of Love for letting us say goodbye to Henry in our own home. Dr. Dawnetta made the process as gentle as possible, and let us take our time grieving and saying goodbye. She reaffirmed our decision to give Henry a gentle passing, instead of making him suffer with his disease. It was a tough decision, but the right decision. Thank you Laps of Love."
Nancy NighCrestwood, Missouri
"I would highly recommend Dr. Carrie. She was extremely gentle, explained everything thoroughly and helped us through a very difficult time."
Kristy KniestSt Charles, Missouri
"I would HIGHLY recommend Lap-of-Love services for any small animals that are sick. Dr. Roberts came to our home and made the whole process so peaceful and respectful. She did not rush anything. Dr. Roberts kept us informed every step of the way of what she was doing. She gave Lucy the BEST send off that I could have imagined. Lucy was in her home and comfortable with all of us including Marko around her. Within days we received a sympathy card from Dr. Roberts with the kindest words about Lucy. Enclosed in that card was also a donation card on behalf of Lucy to the Senior Dog Project. Perfect! Thank you Dr. Roberts and Lap of Love for your great service!"
Kristine SchmittgensSt. Louis, Missouri
"We are so grateful!! The vet was so kind, and caring towards our family and our cat. We had ample time with him, he was comfortable, and the kids have keepsakes, and were able to be part of the process. Nothing could make us ready to lose our feline friend, but it was such a blessing to have him in such good hands! I'm also so grateful for the long phone hours. It enabled us to make a tough decision in a time that we felt was right for our cat, and fit our work schedules so we could have time together. Dr. Carrie was amazing, as were both people I spoke with on the phone."
L. W.St. Louis, 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