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
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
"Choosing to do the best thing and the right thing for my sweet little baby was one the hardest decision I've ever had to make. Charlie was a part of our family for almost 18 years and he had a personality and swagger, yes SWAGGER!, like no other. He was there for our family to celebrate some of the best days of our luves and he was there to live us unconditionally and help us through some of the worst. The last time I took him to the doctor he was terrified because he knew there was something wrong with him and I know in my heart he sensed he may not be coming back home with us. We were given medication which worked and we we were blessed to have our sweet boy for 3 more weeks. A friend referred me to Dr. Dawnetta and I will forever be thankful. We were dreading Dr. Dawnetta's arrival at our home like the plague but as soon as she walked through our door I knew everything would be okay. Charlie had been unable to get up and walk for a few hours but as soon as she sat on the floor by us he got up and went to her and gave her kisses. He knew she was there to help him and he was thankful as well. I couldn't have taken him to the vet because he would have been so scared and I didn't want him to leave us like that. But being on his blankets in his favorite spot in his home with everyone he loved was the way our precious boy deserved to go. It was so peaceful and Dr. Dawnetta's compassion and demeanor helped us through. She allowed us time to love on him before he was laid to rest and she also gave us time alone with him after he was gone. She is an absolute angel and I cannot thank her enough. It took me all day to gather the courage to make that call and when I finally did I spoke with Donna. She is a sweet lady and a blessing as well. Her kind compassionate way meade me at peace with the decision I had made. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart. You made the unthinkable bearable 🐾💕"
Kim AubuchonFlorissant, Missouri
"Dr. Carrie was wonderful when we had to let our sweet Gracie cross over the rainbow bridge. She is very caring and compassionate and she took the time to explain everything that she was doing and what we should expect the effect to have been on our dog. Gracie remained very calm throughout the entire procedure and Dr. Carrie took her time wither and us so we felt at ease as well. The kind folks at Lap of Love are certainly the best that we know of for these difficult times. I remain grateful that Gracie's last moments were easy for her. That gives me and my family great comfort."
Dave MalekSaint Louis, Missouri
"I am so grateful that Dawnetta and lap of love was recommended to me. Dawnetta was the most wonderful, compassionate and genuine person I could have had do this. She came to my home and sat on the floor and on my bed beside Grendle and I. She explained everything so well that I was able to have confidence that I was making the right decision. She is a very good woman for this job. I applaud her bravery and ability to be able to sit comfortably with me during such an intimate and difficult time. Thank you so much, you have really helped me through this difficult process."
Sheeran MeatteSt louis, Missouri
"We are so thankful for Dr. Dawnetta and Lap of Love for giving us the gift of being with our 18 year old cat, Emmylou, at home at the end of her life. Everyone in the family got to say goodbye in their own way. Emmylou was not stressed by a trip to the vet, which she always disliked. I also appreciate that my kids had the experience of being part of compassionate care for an elderly family member. Our experience from calling to set up the appointment to the arrival of Dr. Dawnetta and our last moments with Emmylou were respectful, kind, and caring. Thank you to all."
Katy Friedman MillerSt. Louis, Missouri
"We were so fortunate to learn about Lap of Love from our vet when our cat, Winston, took a turn for the worst, having diabetes and other health issues that began to mount. Although he was a trooper (he was 18 years old), it was obvious his health was faltering and it was time to say farewell, a very difficult but necessary decision. Dr. Dawnetta came to our home and immediately established a bond with us. She was so kind to our beloved pet, so sensitive and reassuring to us. She prepared us well for the procedure, and listened intently to our stories about Winston. She never hurried, and sensed when it was time for our final goodbyes. She handled him delicately and his passing was very peaceful. She left us with precious mementoes -- a lock of his beautiful hair, a soft stuffed cat with wings, his paw print in clay. That very evening we received another wonderful keepsake via email, a memorial of Winston. It was amazing how she captured his life and uniqueness, remembering all we had told her.
Dr. Dawnetta, we will never forget what you did for our precious pet and for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jan and Ron Pennington"
Jan PenningtonGlendale, Missouri
"Dawnetta was a amazing with Sissy. She really understood and cared about the tough decision we had to make to let Sissy be free. Dawnetta was compassionate, kind, empathetic and explained everything she was going to do to help my girl go in peace. She also made a paw print which was something very special for me. Thank you for providing a service that lets our animals be set free in their home."
Sherri StanleyHighland, Illinois
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