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), and aggressive pets.
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 an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory.
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 the crematory.
There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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.
Jen Bansel, DVM
I don’t remember when I started wanting to be a Veterinarian, but I do know it’s the only thing I thought about while growing up. I loved reading James Herriot books as well as anything I could find related to horses and dogs. My favorite times where playing with our family dogs and spending as much time as possible at the barn. I even remember trading work for riding lessons. Working on my undergrad degree, I became deeply interested in science and briefly forgot about being a veterinarian.
That all changed after attending the vet school’s open house during my senior year. I realized how envious I was of the vet students and wanted to do what they were doing and studying. I once again changed my career focus and immediately applied to veterinary college. While attending veterinary college I found my passion was working with animal rescue and behavior. The two are very closely linked and many times behavior is the main reason animals are abandoned at shelters. Upon graduating, I began working in private practice and truly enjoyed the close connections I made with many of the pet owners and their beloved family companions.
I found that one of the most important and difficult tasks was assisting owners with the decision to euthanize their pet as well as performing the Euthanasia. We tend to remember those last moments with our pets very clearly; they can remain with us for a long time. Helping to make the process as calm and stress-free was very important to me. I began to make a few house calls for euthanasia and noticed a significant difference in how calming it was for both the pets and their owners to be in the familiar surroundings of their own home instead of anxiously waiting in the veterinarian’s office. I am very pleased to be able to provide in-home hospice and euthanasia. My goal is to make this difficult time as stress-free as possible, so that you can always remember your pet’s last moments surrounded by peace and love.
Selena Tinga, DVM
The first few years of my life were spent living in the rainforest of Australia, watching wallabies and echidnas in my backyard. My mom tells me I started saying that I wanted to be a veterinarian soon after I started speaking, which surely stemmed from my rural upbringing, surrounded by wildlife. My mom and I spent the rest of my “growing up years” in rural Hawaii, where there is far less wildlife. But we kept our own menagerie of beloved pets and my determination to become a veterinarian continued to grow. I moved across the USA to upstate New York to pursue my undergraduate and veterinary degrees at Cornell University. My shelter cat, Spud, then landed with me in Florida where we both enjoyed the virtually non-existent winters!
Funny enough, even with such staunch determination during all 29 years of dreaming and training, I really did not understand what it meant to be a veterinarian. I’m definitely still figuring it out, but I have found that this title bestowed upon me is so much more than just the knowledge and skills gained in school. I have felt the most fulfilled, simply from the relationships that I have developed with my patients and their owners. And maybe even more so from observing the love exchanged between my patients and their owners.
The most delicate moment in this relationship, I believe, comes at the end of life, when a great veterinarian can provide counseling and help to ease the transition from life for both pet and owner. I am constantly working on becoming this great veterinarian.
Jen Bansel, DVM
"We are so greatful to Dr. Jen Bansel of Gainesville, Florida for making this most difficult day as peaceful a passing as could be possible for our beloved 20-year old dog, Roxie. Jen Bansel came out to our home, and was totally caring with her highest priority being to comfort and guide us during this most difficult time."
Ken Grauer Catherine DuncanGainesville, Florida
"Dr Jen was wonderful with our boy. She showed patience with us, and was very kind and gentle with Sargent. I love this company and all the staff that I have spoken to for the two months prior to his passing. Everyone is wonderful and I can't imagine any other way now. Dr Jen really cares. It was very comforting to have her with us at this very hard time in our lives. We appreciate her and all the staff greatly."
Heather VaughnGainesville, Florida
"Dr. Jen is an angel of mercy.
This past weekend we had to make a very difficult decision.
Our regular vet advised us that our sweet 10-year old Labrador, Dixie, was in kidney failure and that we had about a week left with her. Despite the fact that she hadn't eaten for five solid days, she was still drinking water, and was eager to go for walks and runs with her older brother. By Day 6 it was evident that the end was approaching as she grew weaker, slept more, vomiting on occassion and was losing weight quickly. I was hoping for a miracle. My girl had a history of survival and I thought if I prayed and tried hard enough we could beat this. When I called our normal vet on Friday for advice she suggested we contact Dr. Jen with Lap of Love animal hospice. In my life I had never heard of hospice for animals so I was eager to consider this option. After having read the testimonials I grew stronger in my ability to make the tough and unimaginable decision. My husband called Dr. Jen and together they gently made a plan.
The morning of her passing, Dr. Jen came to our home.It was on a Sunday. But the time Dr Jen arrived we were able to have our darling Dixie outside on her favorite blankets on her favorite part of her patio where she could enjoy her favorite things (cool air, sun on her face, birds chirping). We talked about Dixie with Dr Jen: she was gentle, kind and patient with us. She assured us that we were making the right decision. Waiting longer would have presented a situation that could have been bad for all of us. Dixie deserved a dignified, peaceful, and beautiful exit from this life. Being in a cold office or God forbid an emergency room would have been horrible for all of us.
There is no doubt that making a decision to end the life of the love of your life is the hardest thing one can ever do. However, in our case, we knew she would not win this fight and to let it go beyond our control would have been horribly unfair to her. She didn't deserve that.
We are left with the sad but beautiful memory of a wonderful life in the end. We thank Dr. Jen for being with us and helping us through our darkest hour."
Donna BurdgeNewberry, Florida
"Dr. Jen was amazing. Although meeting her wasn't under the best circumstances by any means, she made one of my hardest days so much easier. She was so kind and loving to Tequila which I know made her more relaxed during the process. She took her time with us and never made it feel rushed. I'm forever greatful for her and the job her and the other vets do."
Christina LawsonKeystone Heights, Florida
"I had a male Tabby for 16 years. He had decompensated significantly and was suffering. He had arthritis and suffered from urinary issues which did not respond to multiple treatments. He was unhappy, stressed and urinated on everything he came in contact with. He had a terrible limp as he had diffuse arthritis. Although he was "the only child I ever had" I felt it was time for me to say good bye to LEO.
His regular vet would not euthanize him. She wanted more abx meds, scans and possible surgeries. I felt this was inhumane particularly for a cat Leo's age. I called Dr. Jen and told her the situation. She did not judge me or push for alternate care. She came to my house. I was able to sit with LEO while she gave a sedative that totally relaxed him. He was able to be in his own environment. Later she gave an injection that worked immediately. I have peace that this was the best decision I could have made for Leo. He was in his home and did not suffer at all. It was peaceful.
Although I miss Leo as he was one of a kind....I have tremendous peace knowing that I did the right thing by him . Dr. Jen was everything you could want in a vet. Calm, kind, nonjudgmental and empathetic. She was also skillful in her practice. If you need to have a pet euthanized, this is the way to go."
Alicia FinchGainesville, Florida
"My Buddy was just that! we rescued him from abusive home 6 years ago, he was shot in the face with bbs which we had removed. he was left in a field with 4 starving horses and another dog that was also neglected. he was finally dumped at the local kill shelter. where i rescued him shaking , flea infested , scared out of his mind and caked on feces and urine. he was a mess! i took him home and he has never left my side from the moment I got him.GENTLE SOUL , NEVER tried to be aggressive even with the grandbabies climbing all around him. he was very afraid of strangers and would shake and hide he did get better but never would be whole again. BUT WE LOVED THAT GUY. AND WERE devestated to have to lose him. I was recommended by my vet to Lap of Love. Dr Jen came and Buddies sister dixie the chiuhua usually gets possed when the door bell rings and strangers come and Buddy runs and hides. well it was strangly calm when Dr. Jen came Dixie didnt bark and BUddy didnt hide. the house was quiet and peaceful which is never the case in this crazy house LOL ( new yorkers !!) even the Kitten Stinky which Buddy helped to raise when she was just 2 weeks old was sitting on the couch. BUddy never shook once!! Dr Jen sat and spoke with buddy and loved on him as DIxie and stinky watched. she had a calming spirit and Buddy was resting comfortably with me by his side. she did not rush and waited till we were all ready he just went to sleep so peaceful and she gently took his paw print, hair lock and put him on the stretcher covered in a blanket. THis is the only way to ever let your loved one Cross Rainbow Bridge I know he left here in peace and not terrified on a cold table at the vets office. It had given me the peace i needed to know Buddy is Safe.! and we will find another Buddy that needs to take over his bed in Honor of the Amazing Soul he had after his 1st 5 years of Hell. THank you LAPS OF LOVE for this wonderful tribute to our Fur Babies. if only our Human loved ones could experience this type of Crossing when they are suffering in pain. !!"
DIANE MARCHANDWilliston, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Affiliated Pet Emergency Services
UF Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in towns in and around Alachua county including the following listed below. Travel fees may be assessed based on distance from veterinarian's home: 11-20 miles - $30, 21-30 miles - $60, over 30 miles - will be quoted by veterinarian.
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 LovePO BOX 358944Gainesville, FL 32635
Drs. Jeniifer Bansel and Selena Tinga