Dallas Ft. Worth & 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 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 by the crematory in a pet cemetery.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Joanna Harchut, DVM
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went to vet school at the University of Illinois. From as early as I can remember, I have loved animals. My parents were huge supporters and allowed me to have many pets growing up (dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish). I always felt a calling to be a veterinarian and help animals in any way that I could.
My favorite thing about being a vet is giving a voice to those who don't have one. My job is to advocate for the well-being of all animals and I take this very seriously. As a veterinarian, I have been blessed with the ability to relieve suffering. Even at the end of a pet's life, it is my duty to ensure that they are comfortable, pain-free, and loved. Saying goodbye to a pet is saying goodbye to a family member. I feel honored to be able to help families during this difficult time. It is my goal to be a source of guidance to these families and to make their last moments with their pets peaceful and free of stress.
I am also very passionate about helping rescue organizations and shelters. The animals in these situations are so eager to love and be loved. There are so many shelter animals that need and deserve homes...Please adopt, don't shop!
In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband Mike and our two dachshunds, Franklin and Frederick. I enjoy outdoor activities and love being in the water. Even though we are excited to live in the Dallas area, my husband and I will always be huge Chicago sports fans!
Erica Fry, DVM
Growing up, my family moved around very frequently (by the time I was a sophomore in high school, I had moved about 12 times) because my father served as an officer in the United States Army. Constantly being the “new kid” can be tough, but it certainly builds character and adaptability, which has served me well! It also led me to foster close relationships with the constants in my life: my family and my beloved childhood cats, Zoya and Lynx. Their unconditional love and affection was a source of joy, companionship, and comfort to me. The bond I shared with my pets coupled with a major interest in biological science made being a veterinarian a natural career choice for me.
I attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri (MIZ-ZOU!!) and graduated in 2005. Prior to joining Lap of Love, I worked in two different small animal clinics—one in northern Alabama, and the second in St. Louis, Missouri. I enjoyed many aspects of private practice, but always felt most fulfilled and helpful when I was interacting with clients, guiding them through making important health decisions for their pets, and witnessing the remarkable human-animal bond.
My family relocated to Texas in 2014 and shortly after we moved, we had to say goodbye to one of our cats. It was my first time experiencing pet loss from the other side and I was devastated. Simon had been with me through most of veterinary school, meeting my husband, several moves, the introduction of new pets, and the birth of two babies. He handled it all with as much grace as his goofy personality could muster, and he was an important member of our family. But amidst my grief, I was also relieved and grateful that Simon passed away peacefully at home, under the care of a hospice veterinarian. Although I had previously provided home euthanasia, experiencing it personally flipped a switch for me; I knew that I wanted to provide the best support possible to families going through the same inevitable phase with their own pets.
I live just outside of Ft. Worth, Texas with my husband, our two young children, and our four pets, three of which are seniors. It’s a busy (and admittedly, sometimes crazy!) household but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love watching my children with our pets and am grateful that they continually demonstrate their unconditional love for us as they age with grace. I’m inspired by my pets and the many pets and people I’ve interacted with through the years. It is my goal is to fully support families and their pets by providing professional care and compassionate guidance so that their pets can also age and die with grace and dignity.
Joanna Harchut, DVM
"Erica was an answer to our prayers. We had recently moved from Kentucky, and was having a hard time adjusting to the veterinary practices here. I was accustomed to having a compassionate, caring vet with a bedside manners. She sat in the floor with our family and other fur babies, and helped make us feel at peace with our decision and made sure we understood and knew when everything was happening. Its difficult for us to find such a compassionate friend for my animals.
When we needed to make the final decision, We searched and found Lap of Love. We were so happy to be able to let Smokey have his final breaths at home.
Erica was very empathetic, patient, compassionate and extremely professional. From the moment she arrived, she was supportive. At no point did she make us feel rushed. She gave us as much time as we needed to say our goodbye. And it was very helpful that she arranged for Smokeys journey to his resting place.
I will always remember our final moments with Smokey. He was comfortable, there was no pain or struggle for him at the end.
I am eternally thankful to Dr.Erica Fry and the her team at Lap of Love in the Dallas Texas area.
Their team is the most compassionate, empathic individuals when you are making the most difficult decision about our fur babies life.
Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts."
Mary KaiserDuncanville, Texas
"Our little Rocco was declining from terminal liver cancer. We called Lap of Love on New Year's Eve, knowing that our little boy was in pain and no longer needed to suffer. We called Lap of Love and were greeted in a very calm and reassuring peace by Rita. They were able to send a vet that day on a holiday eve. Dr. Joanna was the vet assigned to assist us with Rocco's transition. I cannot even praise Dr. Joanna enough. She was very calming and positive. She explained every step of the process.
We cannot even begin to thank her enough for her help and assistance in making Rocco's transition as comfortable as possible for both him and us.
Her compassion, kindness, patience, love and warmth during this very difficult time iwas most appreciated.
It takes such a special person to do this and we could not have been more pleased or more at peace with her expertise and services.
We're so very thankful we found Lap of Love and so very thankful for Dr. Joanna.
Thank you for coming New Years Eve.
We will never forget this moving experience of which she made so much more comforting.
With much sincereness and warmth always,
Ron, Rob and Cocco"
Ronald SmithDallas, Texas
"This past September we had to say goodbye to our beloved Miss Bubba. She had been with us for 19 years. As her health had begun to decline I spent a lot of time thinking and worrying about the end. She was always so stressed out when she went to the vet. My heart was breaking as I thought about how her last experience on earth would be frightening and uncomfortable. I began to do some internet research and found Lap Of Love. When the time came, I somehow found the courage to call and request in home euthanasia. The gentleman who answered the phone was very kind, compassionate and thorough as he helped me through the process of setting up an appointment for the next day. When Dr. Joanna arrived Bubba was sleeping on my lap. We visited for quite a while with Dr. Joanna as she explained the process, answered our questions and gave us all the time we needed. I have never met a veterinarian with such a compassionate, gentle and loving demeanor. Dr. Joanna was such a comforting presence that Bubba was not scared at all. She stayed warm and safe on my lap until she took her last breath. I will always be grateful for Dr. Joanna and Lap of Love......"
Vicki HammondFt Worth, Texas
"Taking our baby to the vet for the Euthanasia process was out of the question, we had our Blue Heeler over 13 years and We felt she deserved much more compassion than that would offer. Instead we chose to use Lap of Love. Dr Joanna came to our home for this heart wrenching process. Somehow with her gentleness and kindness we made it through. She was more than compassionate to us during this time. I would recommend using Lap of Love for Home Euthanasia, it somehow made it a little bit easier for a loved family member. We received our sweet Dog's ashes promptly, and in such a loving presentation that I felt only that I had made the right decision. I will always respect Lap of Love (Dr Joanna) for their loving manner in the way they do business. My Saddie is safely back home now where she belongs. I wrote a tribute poem to my sweet dog the day she was sent to Heaven that I want to share with Lap of Love.
"My Love will play ball in Heaven now"
My Love will play ball in Heaven now
and run and play and be free,
Oh God please hold her when she gets there
And send a special hug from me,
She was so much a part of my life
It will be hard to fill that gap,
Just tell her how much she was loved
While she sits gently on your lap,
There's lots of sweet little babies, you watch over every day,
But keep a special place open
My Love is on her way,
She's happy now I'm sure it's true
No pain or worldly woes,
I'm being pretty selfish, you'll think
to want to keep her here at home.
Just watch out for my baby
and keep her safe and sound
And always please remember,
My Love will play ball in Heaven now.
To our Love who will be greatly missed more every day."
Paul & Cathy PorterArlington, Texas
"Dr. Erica came to our house on December 23rd to help us help Lucy over the Rainbow Bridge. As Lucy aged and got closer to the end, my heart ached with an overwhelming dread about taking her on that horrible car ride to the vet. I didn’t want my baby girl to have to endure the stress and fear of going to the vet’s office only to never come back home to her safe comfortable home. Thank goodness for Lap of Love, and Dr. Erica Fry. She was the most compassionate person. She gently explained the process, she was so sweet and gentle with Lucy, she was so sweet to our other dog Maddie to help her understand, and she let us take our time saying goodbye. Dr. Erica’s compassion and sympathetic manner made the transition very calm and easy for Lucy, and she was able to pass laying on her soft bed in her home, surrounded by her family and favorite beanie baby. I thank God this was an option for us, and that Dr. Erica is such a sweet soul to do this for us and others. She is an angel to provide this comfort for people.
Thank you Dr. Erica for making this terribly hard day much more bearable."
Ginger KeysArlington, Texas
"I highly recommend Lap of Love for in home euthanasia. From the initial phone call to the end of life process the staff was professional and beyond kind and caring. Dr. Joanna was so nice and compassionate and explained exactly what was going to happen and gave us as much time as we needed with our pug Bevo before, during and after the euthanasia. Bevo was happy and relaxed and peaceful on his bed in front of the fireplace (his favorite spot in the entire world) and just drifted off to sleep. He was surrounded by people that loved him and his friend Vinny (a Chihuahua) that witnessed the entire thing and seemed to gain closure from it as well. It was so much nicer and less stressful than a trip to the vet with all the anxiety created by memories, smells and other dog noises. It's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet but this was by far the best experience I've ever had when doing so. Thank you again Dr. Joanna for all your kindness and compassionate care."
Stacie StanderferSouthlake, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
SPCA of Texas
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton 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 Love6387 Camp Bowie Blvd, B-405Ft. Worth TX 76116
The Dallas Morning News: Saying goodbye to a dying pet can be less painful