PRICING AND INFORMATION


APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$255
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$285
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 199 pounds$375

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. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$160
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$185
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$235
Pets 150 - 199 pounds$265

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 on a private farm. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.


Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.


If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet The Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Julie

Julie Zalenka

I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and adults were frequently asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was always “I’m not sure, but I know I want to help people.” I didn’t know exactly how I would accomplish this as I also was interested in science. I graduated from Hollins University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Afterwards, I recognized my desire to become a veterinarian, so I said goodbye to Charlottesville and moved down to Blacksburg, VA to attend Virgina Tech. After graduation, I worked in a mixed animal practice in Western NY for several years helping all kinds of animals, big and small. That is where I developed a passion for our beloved companion animals and began to yearn for the opportunity to help them in the home where they’re most comfortable.   

Thankfully, Lap of Love exists in the Buffalo area where I can provide in-home care when it is most important for animals and their humans to be as comfortable as possible, near and at the end of life. I am privileged to call myself a Lap of Love veterinarian and am honored to help bring comfort to treasured pets and their loving family, sometimes for the first time and lasting several days or weeks, sometimes for the final goodbye. I love helping people understand the processes going on in their pet as I believe understanding helps saying goodbye less painful when the time comes.  

I've lost four of my personal pets since becoming an adult. Most recently, I had to say goodbye to my 18½ year old black and white long-haired kitty, Cherie. I had been managing her kidney failure for years, but she started to quickly decline her last few weeks. I had to compare her good moments against her bad and determine when was the best time for her. It's never an easy process, but I saw in her face that she was ready. In that moment, I worked in a clinic, so I brought her with me to say goodbye. She loved her carrier (she was a traveling kitty), but I know she would have been more comfortable staying at home. I’m now thankful to have the opportunity to provide that gift; to help pets and the humans that love them in the comfort of their home. 

When I'm not helping animals and their people, I'm living my life with my 3 kitties and my son. We enjoy spending time outside, walking, and riding bikes. When it's just me, I spend free time teaching myself to play the violin, playing pub trivia, or making an occasional karaoke outing.

Dr. Steven

Steven Schultz

I was a late bloomer, not deciding that I wanted to become a veterinarian until I was in college. I took the appropriate and necessary pre-veterinary courses and lived and worked on several farms because I had little experience with farm animals. Then I went to Cornell University and graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1978. I took my first job as an associate veterinarian in New Jersey because my future wife was in graduate school in nearby New York City at that time. While there, I was enlisted to be the show veterinarian for the national show of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of America, a job that I did for several years while living in New Jersey.

I eventually moved back to my home town of Buffalo, NY and took over a practice in nearby Lockport, NY. For the next thirty years I owned and operated a multi-veterinarian companion animal hospital. One of my favorite aspects of practice was hospice and palliative care. Helping elderly pets to live as comfortably and pain free as possible in their latter part of life was most gratifying, and I always enjoyed the interaction with the caregiver/guardians of elderly pets. I sold that practice in 2012 and took some time to travel around the country to visit family and friends. Then, in 2013 I discovered "Lap of Love" and joined the fledgling company. I have been practicing in-home hospice/palliative care, and in-home euthanasia ever since.

I have been married for 40 years to lovely Sara, and we have three grown children and five grandchildren, all arriving in the last five years. Our last remaining "child" is Mel, our almost sixteen year-old wire-haired miniature Dachshund. Sara and I like to travel, hike, and backpack around the country. We recently backpacked for 10 days in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, which was an awesome experience. We have also traveled to Yellowstone several times for wolf and large mammal observation.

About Julie Zalenka

I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and adults were frequently asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was always “I’m not sure, but I know I want to help people.” I didn’t know exactly how I would accomplish this as I also was interested in science. I graduated from Hollins University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Afterwards, I recognized my desire to become a veterinarian, so I said goodbye to Charlottesville and moved down to Blacksburg, VA to attend Virgina Tech. After graduation, I worked in a mixed animal practice in Western NY for several years helping all kinds of animals, big and small. That is where I developed a passion for our beloved companion animals and began to yearn for the opportunity to help them in the home where they’re most comfortable.   

Thankfully, Lap of Love exists in the Buffalo area where I can provide in-home care when it is most important for animals and their humans to be as comfortable as possible, near and at the end of life. I am privileged to call myself a Lap of Love veterinarian and am honored to help bring comfort to treasured pets and their loving family, sometimes for the first time and lasting several days or weeks, sometimes for the final goodbye. I love helping people understand the processes going on in their pet as I believe understanding helps saying goodbye less painful when the time comes.  

I've lost four of my personal pets since becoming an adult. Most recently, I had to say goodbye to my 18½ year old black and white long-haired kitty, Cherie. I had been managing her kidney failure for years, but she started to quickly decline her last few weeks. I had to compare her good moments against her bad and determine when was the best time for her. It's never an easy process, but I saw in her face that she was ready. In that moment, I worked in a clinic, so I brought her with me to say goodbye. She loved her carrier (she was a traveling kitty), but I know she would have been more comfortable staying at home. I’m now thankful to have the opportunity to provide that gift; to help pets and the humans that love them in the comfort of their home. 

When I'm not helping animals and their people, I'm living my life with my 3 kitties and my son. We enjoy spending time outside, walking, and riding bikes. When it's just me, I spend free time teaching myself to play the violin, playing pub trivia, or making an occasional karaoke outing.

"My 14 year old mini , long-haired dauchshund (Layla) was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure almost a year ago. The vet told me she had about a year to live, but I thought for sure she would live another 2 years. The weekend before we had to put her to sleep, she was running around the yard and acting like a puppy. Then 4 days later she began throwing up and acting disorientated. By Friday night I was calling Lap of Love crying on the phone and making an appointment. The woman on the phone was beyond supportive and compassionate. Sunday morning Dr. Julie came to my house and couldn't have been kinder. Layla and I sat in the backyard on a blanket listening to the birds chirp while Dr. Julie took all Layla's pain away. Every day I miss my soft and loving Layla and she'll always have a piece of my heart."

Elizabeth Johannes
North Tonawanda, New York

"Dr. Julie was wonderful, taking all the time we needed for the process. It was the first time I had done this at home and was so much less stressful for me and for Schmitty not having to go there. I highly recommend it when you have to perform that last act of love."

Janice Jaskowiak
Lancaster, New York

"Dr. Julie,

Thank you so much for your compassion in our family's time of need. While it was so unbelievably difficult for us, you were able to give our Sammy the gift of peace. Because of you, he got to pass away peacefully at home, in his own bed surrounded by his loved ones. We are grateful to you for taking away his pain and suffering. Sammy is finally at peace now."

Tiffany Hozdic
Williamsville, New York

"Little did we realize that the last Saturday in June would be the last time we would have the treasure of our beloved Titus to hold and care for. We were faced with the only way we could express our love for him in his time of severe distress. Just a short time ago he was all play and gleeful. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy and despite our attempts to circumvent the inevitable, we called Lap of Love. They had been highly recommended by a friend, who had endured the same need to say good bye to their pet. Calling them was the only bright moment in such a dark time for us. From the outset, they were absolutely the kindest and most respectful group we could have hoped for. Their set up staff, contact staff, and Veterinarian were all just wonderful. It certainly went a long way in helping us cope with the situation. Our interaction with Dr. Julie became very personal and I will not recant it here. She was amazing, thoughtful, professional and as I said had the persona to immediately become part of our home and the process we had to engage in. We will be forever thankful to her and I would never think of having this enormous challenge of saying good bye to our Titus end with such a calm, serene, respectful, and touching memory that we now have. Thank you Dr. Julie and your staff ......... forevermore!"

Richard Ralyea
2016, New York

"This is to thank Dr Julie. She was so kind, made Muffin's transition easier for us. Thank you so much"

Pat McGann
Tonawanda, New York

"Dr. Julie words of thanks can not say enough about the compassion and love

that we felt during our goodbye. You are a very special person.. You made this journey for us a little easier.

We will never be able to tell you in words how much we appreciated you. Thank You from Connie,Steve and Oakie"

Connie & Steve De Santo
Fredonia, New York

LOCAL RESOURCES


  (716) 839-4043

Veterinary Emergency Clinic: Cheektowaga, NY

Pet Loss Hotline

  (607) 253-3932

Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline

Emergency Clinic

  (716) 662-6660

Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center:Orchard Park, NY

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly assist families in Buffalo, the Southtowns, and the Northtowns. A travel fee ranging from $30-$120 may apply to homes over 20 miles from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“The house is emptier without my Schmitty. He had some tough breaks in life physically but his little tail never stopped, right up till his last day. I loved you from the moment I saw you on PetFinder and will love you always and forever.”
Janice Jaskowiak
July 25, 2019
“Sammy was the sweetest, most loving dog in the whole world. Sammy was my child. He was my calming presence for ten years and was always by my side. When I met my husband Joe 5 years ago, Sammy finally got a daddy and he was so happy. Joe always wanted a dog, and Sammy always wanted a dad. We had so many wonderful times together. I'm going to miss ...
Tiffany Hozdic
July 16, 2019
“In memory of our beautiful cat muffin, aka Princess Kitty, Queen Cat, Muffmuff, etc”
Pat McGann
July 5, 2019
“Oakie--you brought more joy and love to us then you'll ever know.”
Connie & Steve De Santo
June 4, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 85
Buffalo, New York 14231

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