Dr. Katie Stender offers in-home euthanasia for pets in NE Florida.
Please, call or text 904-521-3440, or fill out the request form below. We'll be happy to talk before you decide.
QUALITY OF LIFE CONSULTATION $350
When you're not sure the time has come for euthanasia, the doctor will perform a physical examination of your pet and complete assessment of quality of life in the home, as well as guidance for future care.
If the time is right, Dr. Katie can proceed with euthanasia. If not, the doctor will make a plan for comfort care and an end of life plan customized to your pets needs.
Up to 25 pounds: $225
26 to 99 pounds: $250
Over 100 pounds: $300
This option includes a wooden urn with custom engraving of your choice. Private cremation is performed by local crematory, and your pets cremains can be picked up directly at the crematory, or we can arrange delivery back to your regular veterinarian's office.
Up to 99 pounds: $100
Over 100 pounds: $150
This option is for families who do not prefer a home burial, but need their pet to be cremated and do not wish to have cremains returned.
Please let the doctor know your zip code to discuss possible drive fees. Because of the expansive area we cover, this fee may range from $50-$100 depending on where you live. There may also be additional fees for pets over 100 lbs, aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Dr. Katie will provide a peaceful passing for your pet in the comfort of your home. This includes all medications, a paw print impression and a locket of fur. Please don't hesitate to ask for any other requests - We are happy to accommodate as best we can. Additional costs for cremation services are listed below in Aftercare Section.
DR KATIE STENDER
Dr. Katie Stender is a veterinarian based out of Northeastern Florida. In addition to her important role as a hospice veterinarian, Dr. Katie is an active member of her community. Dr. Katie finds great privilege in being able to connect with families in their homes. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, for both her undergraduate studies, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she worked in a traditional vet clinic while also working with a group of veterinarians providing in-home euthanasia. It quickly became clear what her calling was, and she started exclusively practicing in-home end of life care with Lap of Love. For seven years she proudly served Jacksonville and the surrounding community, helping thousands of families, learning and growing with Lap of Love. After the birth of her second son, Dr. Katie knew it was time to start her own practice. Today, Dr. Katie is excited about forming local community partnerships and serving clients more directly.
Dr. Katie loves spending time with her family. Her favorite day would be a day doing anything with her husband and two sons. She has a Labrador and three cats, and understands the difficulties of owning senior pets – she has four of them! She loves doing house projects, hiking adventures in the mountains, trying new restaurants, sailing, and watching a good TV show after a long day.
Dr. Katie is so grateful to be able to continue the work she loves, sharing what she believes to be the most sacred space, as a family parts with their pet, in the comfort of their home. It is with great care that she performs this service for our pets and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
A Word from Dr. Katie
I am often asked, “How do you do this everyday?” And my most sincere and candid response is, “How could I not?” After my first home visit with a family, I knew this kind of work was what I was meant to do as a veterinarian. She was a yellow Labrador, who couldn’t get up anymore. It was a scenario I was all too familiar with, as I had grown up with labs and had to say goodbye to my Daisy just 3 years prior. The time I was able to spend with my first family at their home was unforgettable. We smiled about the bad puppy stories, and they proudly told me all the things she ate on her last day. I felt as though I had become part of their family. Lots of tears were shed, and I remembered the sadness I had felt saying goodbye to my own yellow lab, but it was different for me this time. I saw the relief I was able to provide to their sweet old girl, comfortable at home in her bed. I wanted to do this for everybody’s pet. Nearly a decade later, and with immense amounts of gratitude to the thousands of families I have shared couches, and floors, closets and beds, front yards and back yards with - I will continue to help as many as I can. How could I not?
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"She did a wonderful job under very sad circumstances."
— S.V, Yulee, FL
Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas
Regularly servicing Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau County - (please check with Doctor for availability)
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