Kingsport Times News

New business gives pet owners another way to say goodbye

Francis said she got the idea for the business after her mother was searching for a veterinarian to provide euthanasia services in her home.   “My mother lives in Virginia Beach and she had been struggling with putting her own dog to sleep. My mom was so bonded with the dog and she was so upset at the thought of bringing the dog into a clinic, and having such an emotional time in such a public setting,” Francis said.   By searching online, Francis was able to find a veterinarian in Virginia Beach who went to her mother’s house to provide services.   Then she started researching the idea in the Tri-Cities area, “and nobody was offering the service,” she said.   She started Loving Hands Home Euthanasia, and now travels throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to provide services.   “A home euthanasia can be especially helpful if you are homebound or if your pet is large, fearful, or immobile. Our desire is to help make the difficult time of euthanasia a little easier for both you and your pet,” she said.   In-home pet euthanasia is the only veterinary service Loving Hands Home Euthanasia provides, so Francis is able to travel to your home and spend the necessary time to allow your entire family to say goodbye to your pet in a comfortable private atmosphere.   “Our goal is to provide peaceful and dignified in-home end-of-life care,” she said.   After arriving at the home, Francis performs an examination of the animal, and explains the euthanasia process to all family members who choose to be present.   “We will then sedate your pet in its favorite location, allowing you to stay with your pet as he or she falls asleep. It typically takes between 5 to 10 minutes for the sedative to take effect. Once fully asleep, a second injection of an anesthesia drug will be administered while you hold your pet,” Francis said.   Following the pet’s passing, a hair clipping will be provided as a keepsake, along with a sympathy brochure to help with the loss of the pet. If desired, a personalized paw print may be made at that time.   If the owner chooses to have his pet cremated, Loving Hands will handle the transportation to Faithful Pets Cremation. Following cremation, the pet’s ashes will be delivered to the owner’s regular veterinarian’s office.   As a professional courtesy to your veterinarian, Loving Hands will notify him or her of the pet’s passing within 24 hours.   Please see NEW FIRM, PA G E 7A    “We will also notify other pet professionals such as your groomer or pet sitter, should you wish,” Francis said.   Loving Hands Home Euthanasia only performs euthanasia on pets with an unmanageable disease or those with a poor quality of life. Francis reserves the right to refuse euthanasia if she feels it is being requested as a convenience option.   “Wanting a new pet, having a baby, inheriting an unwanted pet from a family member, or simply being old are not valid reasons for requesting euthanasia of a pet,” she said.   In addition, Loving Hands Home Euthanasia does not perform euthanasia on pets with a manageable or treatable condition such as arthritis, blindness, deafness, untreated diarrhea, etc.   At this time, Loving Hands Home Euthanasia only provides services for dogs and cats.   Services are available 24 hours a day by appointment. For more information including fees, contact Francis at   or call (423) 742-1422. Individualized estimates are based on your location, your pet’s weight, and your family’s after-care choices.