San Francisco North Bay Area
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 wooden urn with a printed name label. They will be made available directly from the crematory within two weeks or mailed to your home or office for an additional fee of $25.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned or wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and the ashes are buried in a private location with no visitation.
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 5am - 8pm. 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.
Rene Butler, DVM
I grew up in Southern California, a city girl. My pets were mice, small birds, a rabbit and lots and lots of goldfish. Neighbors would often bring me orphan baby birds and kittens to nurse back to health. My mother's family were farmers in South Dakota, and we would visit in the summer. I was the crazy cousin from California out playing with the barn cats and the calves!
I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a veterinarian. I was always very focused, studied hard and graduated from UC Davis Veterinary school in 1989. I have worked at several small animal practices in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while the majority of my patients are cats and dogs, I also enjoy treating birds, reptiles and pocket pets.
I have done many euthanasias over the years, primarily in a clinic, but also have gone to the clients home,when possible. Home euthanasia is so much preferable, providing a calm and stress-free environment. My goal is to help both owners and their pets through a very difficult decision. I hope that providing this service with Lap of Love, I can help you honor and cherish your pets life when saying goodbye.
"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are." Henry Scott Holland
"I did not know such a hospice service would exist at YOUR HOME for our most love companions - our pets.
I am intensive care unit medical director. Life and death is a daily things for me to see in the hospital. However, I never knew that PETS can have the same treatments as us human if not better.
Dr. Renee made the experience very beautiful. I would recommend this service to anyone who loves their pets until the last moment. I dreaded the day that I may have to bring my Bella - German Sheperd- to a VET office. Thank you one of my ICU RN recommendation of Dr. Renee service, I decided to give it a trial.
Dr Renee came right on time as scheduled. She walks in and play with Bella. She makes her feel more at ease.
Then when we are ready, she injected Bella with a sedative followed by anesthetics. Bella appeared pain free and very relaxed. The whole process from start of injection to heavenly escort of Bella took less than 6 min. Bella has never appeared so much at peace and happy toward the seconds of her life.
Dr Renee did a lot more than just injection. There is a paw prints and she will help handle all cremation if requested.
i would not hesitate to use Dr Renee service again and again and again.
Please choose home euthanasia when the time comes and PETS do not ever want to leave us even in the last breath.
Best wishes to all that ever have pets !! they are our children forever."
Michael LuuAmerican canyon, California
"Dr Rene was truly wonderful. I felt at ease- she explained everything in detail and was so gentle and loving with our precious girl. This was such a Heartbreaking necessity but Dr. Rene was so patient and kind, letting me spend as much time with Montana as I needed and making sure she was comfortable the entire time. She did a beautiful paw print for us- we will keep forever. ❤❤❤"
Melyna & Andrew Huff HuffNapa Valley, California
"This past Sunday we said goodbye to our sweet and loved dog Abby. Dr. Rene helped to make this a peaceful event. I am so grateful that our beloved puppy (14+ years old) passed in such a humane way. We would not have had it any other way. Dr. Rene helped our son understand why it was time. He told me afterward that that was very helpful for him. Abby was such a huge part of our lives and I am grateful that we could give her a compassionate goodbye. Thank you, thank you, for the help you provided us, Dr. Rene. We will never forget this experience. We are still grieving but with the knowledge that it was the right way and the right time.
With gratitude, the Joslyn Family"
Sara JoslynSanta Rosa, California
"Unlike my other beloved pet, Dakota, who lived for 16 years and was only ill for the last 2 weeks of his life, my dear 10 year old Mokai fell ill yesterday morning and by early that afternoon had no hope of living much past the following day. Dakota was lovingly ushered into the next life by a very carrying vet and I knew I wanted Mokai to have this same experience.
Before leaving the clinic, I was told that Dr. Rene would be contacting me soon. Numb from head to toe, I took Mokai back home, not sure how I could say goodbye to this precious soul in just 2 hours. My vet said he would be fine until the morning, but there was some uncertainty his pain medication would last that long since he would not eat a pill. Just as promised, I received an email from Dr. Rene, followed by an initial phone call verifying her arrival time at my house.
Once she arrived, I knew my Mokai would be in good hands. Dr. Rene explained each step of the process, allowing me to ask questions and treating my dog with the utmost care and dignity. She gave me plenty of space and time to say my last goodbye, so nothing felt rushed or pressured. I thought the little plaster pad made with the impression of Mokai's paw print was a beautiful gift...I wish I had one of dear Dakota's!
I want to thank Dr. Rene and all of the other caring vets of Lap of Love, for helping to guide our dear fur babies onto the paths leading to their next journeys. My heart is broken, but eventually it will heal...I only pray that God will bless me with another angel when it's time. Until then, be well and safe my dear boys...and little kitty girl...please, may I see you again...whole and happy, and forever young."
Tina SchlaileFairfield, California
"Dr. Rene was so great with us and our furbaby, Emma. It was definitely a hard time, but Dr. Rene was lighthearted and sympathetic, explaining the entire process and making us feel very confident in and comfortable with our decision. We sat outside by Emma's favorite spot and had lots of yummy treats. We are so grateful we were able to provide this peace for Emma and our gratitude is endless for Dr. Rene and Lap of Love."
Lauren TyburskiLafayette, California
"Dr Rene Butler's help was what we needed to make an informed decision about our dog Lola. Her professional guidance and hands on approach eased our minds. Dr. Rene walked us through every scenario of our aging pet so we were able to gain a clearer picture of our options. In the end our family was in agreement that is was Lola's time to be with the angels. Dr. Butler guided us gently and with utmost care and concern for Lola. She passed peacefully in my arms. Dr. Rene placed her in a beautiful basket with a pink blanket over her. The entire experience comforted our family and for that we are grateful to Dr Rene."
Lori LottMartinez, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Solano-Napa Pet Emergency Clinic: Fairfield
SAGE Emergency Care: Concord
Animal Care Center: Rohnert Park
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve our neighbors in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo. Extended service areas are over 25 miles from veterinarian's home and can be quoted upon request.
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 Love2401-A Waterman Blvd Ste 4Fairfield, CA 94533