The Twin Cities: Minneapolis & St. Paul 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 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 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 on private property on northern Minnesota prairie land.
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.
Kara Fuchs, DVM
I grew up in the Twin Cities metro area and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I didn’t take the most direct route to veterinary medicine but I have really enjoyed the journey. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in natural resources based tourism and worked as a Corporate Meeting and Event Planner following graduation. After a few years I realized that I needed to follow my heart and returned to the University of Minnesota for veterinary school. I currently live in the west metro with my husband, 1 dog (pug named Winston) and 1 cat (named Doc).
Growing up, I had as many animals in the house as my parents would allow. Pets included fish, birds, hamsters and dogs. When I was 8, my parents brought a pug puppy home and we named him Mugsie. He was the center of my world from that day on. He was my best friend and confidante for almost sixteen years. He taught me the importance of the bond between pets and their humans and I carry that lesson with me to this day. As Mugsie entered his geriatric years, he lost his sight, became intermittently incontinent and confused and seemed to slowly lose his spark. My family began the heart-breaking end of life discussion. All of us had different ideas as far as when was the right time and because of that, we waited too long. I will never forget the guilt I felt watching my best friend suffer but being unable to let go.
As a Lap of Love veterinarian, my mission is to help families like mine navigate these difficult emotions and come to a place of peace. Sometimes the best gift we can give to our loyal companions is a peaceful and painless end and I feel honored to be a part of it each and every time.
"Kara, you are just an amazing person. To do what you do really takes lots of compassion and you most certainly have a lot. Murphy was so calm and he almost seemed to know that he wanted go and that it was time. I felt like you were feeling most of our pain as well, which really humbles me. You were very gentle with him and respectful of our wishes. Thank you for your kindness, gentleness, your compassion and your friendly words and the hugs.
Thank you for all that you do each day to help people like us get through this difficult time.
We know it will take time to heal. We will never forget you!
The Jann Family"
Rebecca JannEagan, Minnesota
We thank you for all you did to help us ease the sadness of letting our Chili go. You were so kind, genuinely cared for all of us and we thank you for that. We are sad of course but know we made the right decision and grateful we discovered your services. Will highly recommend you to friends and family.
Wishing you the best in 2017!
Karin and Dave….and our parrot Gizzy:)"
Dave FerrisRidchfield, Minnesota
"On Saturday, January 8th our family had to make one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, that was to say goodbye to our sweet Boy Baxter. Baxter Joined our family almost 12 years ago at the age of 3 months old. He was a cute little chubby pup who pick our oldest son who was 11 at the time. Baxter was just one of my boys. My youngest son was one year younger than Baxter and is described by him as his "best pal". The two of them were inseparable and they loved each other so we spent the weekend as a family loving our boy who was now incontinent of his bladder, unable to walk up stairs and barely able to walk often loosing strength and falling over, eating was hard and food would fall out of his mouth. He looked at us with sad blood shot eyes that appeared to say help me. Within 15 minutes of contacting the lap of love some one called us and was so very kind, I was so upset I could not speak. Dr. Kara arrived right on time the next day, from the moment she came into our home she appeared to know Baxter, appeared so interested in knowing about him and when she met the family including 3 kids ages 22, 20 and 10, she said "hi everyone, I'm Dr. Kara and I'm hear to help Baxter. We took all the time we needed, we told silly Baxter stories and when we were ready we fed Baxter his favorite food, salami, as he slipped into a deep sleep, exactly as described by Dr. Kara as we pet, hugged and was told Baxter how much he is loved, that he is not alone and that he is the best hound dog anyone could be lucky enough to have in their lives. Dr. Kara helped us to know how to help our two cats who were also present, one of which was his best friend and was visibly upset. Dr. Kara made a a terrible, very sad day into a positive experience for all of us, including our 10 year old son who just lost his best friend. We cannot thank you enough Dr. Kara, you are an angel. I will tell everyone I know about this wonderful organization Lap of Love. Our sweet boy was able to sleep away, while eating salami, in his own bed, in his favorite place, in the home surrounded by his whole family.
Thank you from our entire family and I am sure Baxter thanks you to!"
Linda SauveEagan, Minnesota
"We had our Daisy (Basset hound) for 3 years and 4 months and loved every minute with her. We got her as a rescue from an animal shelter. She was our baby. Christmas 2016 we had say goodbye to her unexpectedly. I can't tell you the guilt we felt making the decision that we had to make. Never heard of someone making house calls until I found Lap of Love on google. From the minute I called lap of love they made me feel more at ease for the decision I had to make.
Up until the time Dr. Kara called I was wondering if we were doing the right thing. She came out on time for the appointment, and from the time she arrived we felt better about our s decision. Dr. Kara was so caring and was not in any kind of hurry. The process was sooooo much easier on Daisy. She did not like going to the vet and would get scared. Daisy just laid on my wife's lap (eating doggie treats getting petted and pampered) When Dr Kara asked us if we were ready and started the process. she told us what was going to happen and Daisy left this world being loved. It was so much easier not only on Daisy but us also. Dr. Kara took the best care of our little girl when they left to be creamated. After Daisy was creamated Dr. Kara even personally delivered Daisy back to us. I Would recommend Lap of Love and especially Dr. Kara to anyone having to make this decision, she could not have been more loving and compassionate to or little girl, Daisy. Thank you Dr. Kara."
George BoehmerInver Grove Heights, Minnesota
"Dr. Kara was kind and competent and cared for our sweet old pup in her final hours. We are so thankful that such a caring professional was there for Chai when she needed her. She answered any and all questions, told us exactly how things would happen and had an incredible bedside manner. We can't thank her enough."
"Dr. Kara was one of the kindest people that I have ever met. She was so gentle with my beloved cat, and I can’t say enough about her. I am so grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Kara for making such a difficult time a little more tolerable. Dr. Kara is the best."
Allison CurtisDelano, Minnesota
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Companion Animal Love, Loss and Memories Group (CALLM) Group, St. Paul
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service (AEVS), Eden Prairie
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service (AEVS), Blaine
Animal Emergency & Referral Center (AERC), Oakdale
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service Pet Loss & Grief Support Group, Eden Prairie
Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group, Golden Valley
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Minneapolis St. Paul metropolitan area, including all or parts of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington and Wright Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location.
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 354Excelsior, MN 55331