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.
Dr. Dawnetta has limited availability until the end of January. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment based on her schedule.
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
Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM
"I would like to advise anyone considering Dawnetta and the service Lap of Love provides to please take my high recommendation and to look no further. Our Winston was our family member of almost 16 years and we discovered that we needed to put him to rest by the weekend we were devastated. From the moment she walked in the door I knew we had someone who cares, who had compassion for our situation and even her voice was soothing. I cant imagine anyone or any experience being more loving, gentle and professional. I really had no idea what to expect but it felt like her coming was exactly what I would have wrote down word for word If I could have it done my way and lots of time to prepare. It takes the thinking out when your heart is breaking and for that and all the other reasons I listed Im very grateful. I told her "Its amazing what you do, thank you".
Till were together again Winston,I love you and miss you every moment of everyday, you will always be right in the center of my heart,
Jenny Babb CriterGodfrey, Illinois
We really appreciate the way you helped free our little Josie from her suffering. We miss her a lot. But we know she is with her sister Lucy now. Your memorial is so touching....... Thank you so much for coming right away when we called, and providing your obvious love and care when helping us to decide the best way to take care of our JoJo. You were wonderful--so professional and yet full of concern, caring, and knowledge that helped us through that day. Thank you so much, and thank you for the wonderful memorial.
Carol, Bill, and Rachel Dettleff"
Carol DettleffSt. Louis, Missouri
"The decision was made, we were wanting to grow some roots so we separated from the military life and settled back home in Saint Louis. Connie was thrilled. She was around her grandparents, and back to the Midwest where she was from. Two and a half short years of being back and settled, we had the Christmas we will never forget. Connie gained her angel wings, and our sweet well traveled fur baby was called to doggy heaven. The decision to help her gain these wings was the hardest, yet most comforting decision we made. Lap of love made this nightmare a truly peaceful experience. Dr. Woodruff said all the right things from educating us about what was happening to Connie and why. And what our choices were and why. To treating Connie like her own from the moment she arrived. My husband and I could not speak, Dr. Woodruff knew and felt our sorrow. Held Connie with us until the very end, and for that we feel she is also an angel that arrived at our doorstep that day. We would not have had Connies last moments any other way, and for that we are thankful for lap of love. The paw print you made us, the fur you kept for us, the letter you wrote about Connie for us. All show us you are truly an angel that helped us get through one of the most dreaded times in our lives. May Connie rest in peace, and we will continue to miss our girl every single day."
Liz LehmuthSaint Louis, Missouri
"This was one of the hardest things I have ever done. However, Dr. Dawnetta was the most wonderful DR DOG ANGEL I could have ever asked for. She was so compassionate and helpful for the last week I had with my dogter, Maddy.
From the 1st time she emailed me to the final good-by, I couldn't have asked for a better way to say good-by to my baby.
Even though it was the saddest moment, Dr. Dawnetta was so comforting to both of us and it was if she had known my dog for a very long time. She listened to my every word about my Maddy.
It sounds strange to say that she is excellent at what she does---due to the nature of the situation---but I would HIGHLY recommend this way to say good-bye to your 4 legged family member.
She has such a heart for what she does, that she continued to check on me for a little while after my good-bye.
God bless Dr. Dawnetta for what she does.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
frrom Maddy and Theresa"
theresa Bartonist. louis, Missouri
"AMAZING! Lap of Love was incredible! I filled out the form online and Carrie quickly called me to confirm my info. Carrie was very sincere and easy to talk to. Then on the day of the event Dr. Dawnetta came out and made us and our dog Pepper feel at ease. Dr. Dawnetta made it as peaceful as possible. I would never put a pet down another way!
Eric, Amy and Alexander Zuzack."
Eric ZuzackCrestwood, Missouri
"Dr. Dawnetta was extremely helpful from the very first time I contacted her a couple months before our need materialized. All the way through up to and including our appointment today, she provided loving care with every contact. She sent excellent information that I had not found online, on more than one occasion and she kept in touch along the way. Dr. Dawnetta is sensitive to the trauma pet owners face as the loss of beloved fur baby becomes a reality. She was very kind and gentle with our sweet old boy as well as with us. She did not rush the process and explained things along the way, patiently guiding us through the procedure. Her compassion and loving heart put us at ease. Dr Dawnetta confirmed that we were doing the right thing and that this was the right time. I'm certain that question haunts every pet parent.
Cheryl Wyatt was also kind and supportive on the phone. Her kind heart and loving words helped during the difficult time. I appreciated Cheryl's soothing voice and the warmth she shared with me while assisting with setting our appointment.
Both of these tender-hearted ladies are a gift to their patients. My gratitude to both. Your ministry is a blessing to animals and their parents. Thank you for being there in our time of need."
Jan Hutchinson-RoederManchester, Missouri
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