Seattle & 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 an engraved cherry wood urn 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 the crematory at the Cascade Mountains.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM
I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona with my dogs, cats, guinea pigs, snakes and even a rat here and there. As long as I can remember, I have loved animals and needed them to be a part of my life. Even though Phoenix was a large city, we were very close to the desert environment which meant different types of wildlife animals. Helping wildlife animals in need also became a big part of my childhood and helped drive me toward a career with animals.
However, that career didn’t start in veterinary medicine. I spent a lot of time working with zoo animals and wildlife before deciding that being a veterinarian was my calling. I attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in hopes of one day becoming a wildlife veterinarian. However, during my internship working with cats and dogs, I was reminded of how important our household pets can be. Every animal in the world is special, but our pets are a huge part of our FAMILY.
The hardest part starting out in the veterinary profession was the thought of putting an animal to sleep. I quickly learned that this task was not a burden, but a gift. As an emergency veterinarian for many years, I have had the privilege of helping lots of animals and this includes helping end an animal’s suffering in the last moments of their life. The struggle to make the tough decision in the final moments will always be the hardest part of the human animal bond. It is not something that gets easier with time and it is my honor to be able to help families say goodbye when this time comes.
Charlotte Hotchkiss, DVM
I grew up in the suburbs of Boston as the youngest of six children in a big old house with a big old barn. We always had animals around – dogs, cats, horses, and in high school I bred rabbits. When things got too loud in the house, I could escape and be with the animals. I guess that’s how I ended up in vet school.
I went to vet school at Cornell, but wasn’t really sure that I wanted to go into private practice, so I looked into doing research. After the cloudiness of Ithaca, NY, I needed some sunshine, and did graduate work at the University of Florida, earning a PhD in gastrointestinal physiology along with board certification in laboratory animal medicine. I then spent several years working as a clinical veterinarian – except my patients were mostly mice, rats, rabbits, and monkeys.
Working in research is rewarding in the long run, as we find treatments for human and animal diseases, but the process is slow, and it takes a long time to see the positive effects. I originally went to vet school to learn to help animals and people, and I missed that direct interaction when I was working in the lab. That’s when I started looking for opportunities to work with pets and their humans.
Over the years, I’ve had to take pets in to the clinic to be euthanized, and I know how stressful it can be. When my mother was in her final illness, we had a hospice nurse who came to our house, and it was so comforting for my mother to be at home in her own bed those final days. When I found out there was veterinary hospice, I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. I want to help people say goodbye to their beloved pets in familiar and comfortable surroundings, without distractions. And most importantly, I want the pet’s passing to be peaceful and without stress. We owe it to them for all the devotion they give to us.
Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM
"I could not have imagined a kinder, more compassionate, patient, thoughtful person to come be with us at one of the hardest moments of our lives. Thank you, Dr. Charlotte. You're an angel."
Cassandra HunterTukwila, Washington
"Dr. Charlotte Hotchkiss was wonderful and I thank her for taking care of Peru with respect and love. I cannot imagine how I could have accepted this devastating loss without Dr. Charlotte. Thank you for being kind and loving to Peru. Thank you for making my special request happen and I was able to gain some comfort."
Aram LeeMountlake Terrace, Washington
"Dr Ashleigh was kind and gentle. She shared our pain in Bowie's passing and helped talk us through the difficult transition. She laughed as we shared stories together and just helped make saying good just a tiny bit easier. Thank you for all you do."
"Dr. Ashleigh you were a gift to us. Your kindness and gentleness helped us cope as we let our sweet girl go. Thank you so much and we will never forget you."
Kathy HoltAuburn, Washington
"I am so grateful to Lap of Love for the tender care Dr. Ashleigh and Dr. Charlotte showed to us. This was one the hardest things I have ever had to do and I thank you for making it something that could be at home where Max was not scared and we could all be with him and hold him as he let go."
Claire LeBeauSeattle, Washington
"Dr. Hotchkiss was amazing. She was so kind and gentle. She assured us that Shinji would find the peace that he and we were looking for for him. Dr. Hotchkiss' gentle voice and demeanor really helped us, me especially, to feel that Shinji wouldn't and didn't feel a thing and that we made the right decision. I do not think that without her, we would have been able to help Shinji ease his pain and suffering in such a peaceful way."
Tracy CSeattle, Washington
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Bellevue - Humane Society and SPCA of Seattle/King County
Seattle Veterinary Specialists: Kirkland
Sumner Veterinary Hospital
Edmonds - Letitia H. Gray, MA, LMHC
Issaquah - Airone Counseling
ACCES (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) Renton
Kent - Jennifer Streit, LMHC
Lacey - Human Animal Solutions
Mercer Island - Susan J. Perry, MSW
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly assist families in the greater Seattle area. There may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on the time and distance from our 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 Love10002 Aurora Ave North Suite 36PO Box 261Seattle, WA 98133