COVID-19 information
Dr. Dawn is fully vaccinated and will not provide services if sick. Dr. Dawn will come in close contact with you if you wish to be close to your pet during his or her time of passing. She will wear a mask while in your home and respects your decision if you choose not to do so. It’s your home and you should be comfortable during this difficult time. Do let Dr. Dawn know if you have specific requests so she can come prepared.


Learn more about our fees below.


Our Fees

Payment by check or cash at the time of the visit is preferred. Alternatively, Dr. Dawn will send an invoice to your email shortly after the home visit so that you may mail a check or pay electronically by credit card or bank transfer. Note that there is a small fee (2.9%) for electronic payment.
If you are a veteran, active duty military, police or firefighter, or a senior citizen please let Dr. Dawn know.

Home Euthanasia Fee

Dawn Veterinary Care charges $300 for home euthanasia for appointments Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:30 pm. Appointments after 5:30 pm and on weekends or holidays are $350.

If you have a pocket pet please call Dr. Dawn for more information on price. Please also call me if your pet is in need of help and you require payments or other considerations for fees. Together we can work something out if cost is an obstacle to home euthanasia.

What does this include–This fee includes travel within the service area (45 minutes or less of travel time each way from the 21771 zip code) and it includes the sedation and euthanasia for a pet of any of the species that Dawn Veterinary Care provides home euthanasia for: dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, minipigs, sheep, goats.

Please call Dr. Dawn if you have a pet of another species that needs end-of-life care.

What is not included–What is not included in the home euthanasia fee is additional travel or late evening/holiday services and the cost of aftercare (cremation) services. Please see aftercare services for those fees.

You will receive an invoice from Dawn Veterinary Care by text or by email. Payment is requested within 14 days or prior to the return of your pet’s ashes. You may also prepare a check. If you prefer to pay in person with a credit card, that can be done as well. Please visit our payment options page for more information or call Dr. Dawn.

Travel Fees

If your home is outside of Dawn Veterinary Care’s primary service area of a 45-minute drive from Mount Airy, Maryland, (21771) there will be an additional travel fee of $50-$75.

Dr. Dawn provides home euthanasia for pets in Maryland and Pennsylvania but cannot provide home euthanasia in Virginia or in DC as she does not hold a veterinary license in VA or DC. Each state separately requires licensing.

Fee Summary

Home Euthanasia Only Within 45 Minutes of 21771

  • $300 Monday through Friday for appointments scheduled up to 5:30 pm. $350 for evenings, weekends, and holidays. For travel greater than 45 minutes, a travel fee of $25-50 will be added.

Home Euthanasia and Communal Cremation With Ashes Cared For by the Crematorium

  • Pets weighing up to 25 pounds: $375 Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm; $425 for evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Pets 26-100 pounds: $425 Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm; $475 for evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Pets weighing 101-125 pounds: $500 Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm; $550 for evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Pets weighing 126 pounds or more: Requires prior coordination; please contact Dr. Dawn

Home Euthanasia and Private Cremation With Return of Ashes in a Standard Wooden Urn bearing pet’s name & up to 2 more lines of text.

  • 24 pounds or less: $525 Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm; $575 for evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • 25-50 pounds: $575 Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm; $625 for evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • 51-100 pounds: $625 Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm; $675 for evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • 101-125 pounds: $675 Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm; $725 for evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • 126 pounds or more: Requires prior coordination; please contact Dr. Dawn for total


Note: Travel greater than 45 mins from 21771 incurs an additional fee of $50. Hand delivery of items is provided at no additional fee for Mount Airy, New Market, and Frederick. For other areas, urns will be shipped directly from the crematorium.

Memorial items such as pawprints and jewelry are available at additional costs.

Aftercare Services

You have several choices regarding the aftercare of your pet. Your choices include: remaining with you for home burial or for care at the crematorium of your choice, coming with Dr. Dawn for a communal or private cremation. Your pet may be privately cremated. Most pet owners prefer this option as they receive the cremains/ashes of their beloved pet. With private cremation, careful procedures are in place to ensure that only your faithful friend is returned to you. If you choose private cremation, your pet will be presented to you in a wooden urn with a plaque that has your pet’s name engraved. If you’d like more than your pet’s name to be engraved, this may result in an increased fee of up to $40.

Home care or burial is also an option. In these cases, the fee is only for the home visit. Note that burial may be prohibited in some areas, and the medications used may be dangerous to wildlife.

If your pet weighs 125 pounds or more, the crematorium may need to come directly to your home for pickup. This will result in an additional fee for the pickup and additional costs for cremation.

Note you may choose to work directly with the crematorium of your choice. In this case, Dawn Veterinary Care will provide home euthanasia. Your pet will then remain home with you for the care of your choice.


The Crematorium that Dr. Dawn works with is Valley Pet by Regency. They have additional options for urns, jewelry, and other memorial items. Their site is:

Special Considerations

Dr. Dawn Fitzhugh served 21 years and is retired from the Army Veterinary Corps. During her time of military service, many people provided support to Dr. Fitzhugh and her family in the form of discounts, anonymous paid lunches, free coffees, kind words, and other gestures. To help pay it forward, Dr. Dawn provides home euthanasia at a discounted rate for active duty military, police, and firefighters. Dr. Dawn also provides a discounted rate for police dogs, retired military working dogs, and certified service animals (those animals specially trained to provide a service to a human and protected under the law as such).
Please call or text Dr. Dawn (301-704-5796) or email at [email protected] if the above applies to you or your pet’s service.


Should you choose to bury your pet, please be sure this is acceptable in your county/city/township. There may be local regulations prohibiting burial. If you do choose to bury your pet, it’s important to be sure that wildlife will not reach them. The medications used for euthanasia are dangerous to wildlife.