Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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.

Euthanasia$275

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

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.

Additional Appointment 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.

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$245
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 199 pounds$375
Pets 200 pounds and over
(pre-arrangement required)

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$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 199 pounds$255
Pets 200 pounds and over
(pre-arrangement required)

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.

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 Doctors

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

Dr. Steven

Steven Schultz, DVM

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 recently sold the practice (April 2012) and took some time to travel and visit friends and family around the country. My non-veterinary activities include regular exercise, recumbent bicycling, yoga, meditation, hiking-camping-backpacking, and travel.

I have been married for more than thirty years to Sara and have three adult children: Matthew, Jonathan, and Laura. My animal friends include Ella, a short-haired miniature daschund, and Mel, a wire-haired miniature daschund. Their favorite activities are eating and napping in warm sunny spots. Their next favorite activities are also eating and napping in warm sunny spots.

Dr. Erin

Erin Gorney, BVMS

I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania though I was raised in Florida.  Animals have always been a fascination of mine from an extremely young age.  While I cannot recall one specific event that fueled my desire to become a veterinarian, I have been working towards that goal for as long as I can remember.  Dogs, cats, horses; you name the animal and I wanted to know everything about them.  Coupled with this love of animals was an affinity for science.  I have to know how things work! 

I attended veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in Scotland from 2007-2012.  Upon graduating, I started my career at a small animal clinic back home in Erie.  In addition to the clinical setting, I have also enjoyed working with the horses at the Presque Isle Downs as one of the State Veterinarians. Zoo medicine was also an exciting avenue to explore.  Even though I have enjoyed all of these areas of practice, I still felt like I had not found my niche. 

The first time I heard about Lap of Love, I thought it was an incredible idea and an invaluable service.  A few months later, I had the privilege of sitting through continuing education provided by Dr. Dani McVety and Dr. Mary Gardner.  After hearing about their work and passion for Lap of Love, I knew this was the niche for me.  Being able to provide hospice and in home euthanasia services for my patients and their families is an honor.  

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my two furry children, Liam and Jethro.  I enjoy a wide range of interests, including woodworking, cooking, and exercising, just to name a few. 

About Steven Schultz, DVM

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 recently sold the practice (April 2012) and took some time to travel and visit friends and family around the country. My non-veterinary activities include regular exercise, recumbent bicycling, yoga, meditation, hiking-camping-backpacking, and travel.

I have been married for more than thirty years to Sara and have three adult children: Matthew, Jonathan, and Laura. My animal friends include Ella, a short-haired miniature daschund, and Mel, a wire-haired miniature daschund. Their favorite activities are eating and napping in warm sunny spots. Their next favorite activities are also eating and napping in warm sunny spots.

"Dr. Steven demonstrated such compassion and care to my family and especially our sweet Tucker during the most difficult process we have ever had to go through. He made a devastating reality as endurable as possible and for that we are truly grateful."

Carrie Sentz
North Collins, NY

"We met Dr. Schultz under very sad circumstances. He came to our home to assist us with saying farewell to our wonderful cat Jibs. He could not have been more understanding, patient, and kind through the whole process. He explained everything that would happen. He took his time and we never felt rushed . He made me feel confident we were making the right choice to help Jibs be at peace. If and when the time comes that we have to go through this process again, there would be no question in my mind that we would choose Dr. Schultz and Lap of Love to help us see it through . This is an amazing organization filled with loving, caring people. Thank you so much."

Tracey Pici
Grand Island, NY

"Dr. Steve, Your love for animals and your kindness to others allowed us to experience Derringer's passing with respect, kindness, and faith. You coached us through the process and helped us during a very emotional time. The service Lap of Love provides is one of passion, love, understanding, and commitment to quality of life. As Derringer got sick and the realization of losing him was presented to us we feared taking him to the vet. He was timid and afraid whenever we took him and we did not want him to have that experience during the end of life.

Lap of love allowed us to say goodbye in our home with love, tears and compassion.

Thank you Dr. Steven and everyone at Lap of Love for what you do. GOD bless all of you for your service to the pet community.

Bonnie"

Bonnie Swanson
Tonawanda, NY

"We had the opportunity to meet both Dr Erin and Dr Steven through Tina’s progress. Both doctors were very helpful and caring."

Mike and Sue Hutchison
Lockport, NY

"On Monday, January 14, 2019 we unfortunately had to make the very hard decision to put our precious sweet dog, Luca, to rest. We learned about Lap of Love through the veterinary office when it was clear that Luca was not improving. Dr. Steven made a special visit on his day off so that Luca would not suffer another day. We did not want to take him to the Vet because he hated going there and we did not want that to be his last memory. Dr. Steven was very kind and compassionate and I was comforted knowing that I was able to sit by Luca and comfort him in his last moments. Luca gave us a wonderful 8 almost 9 years and fell ill well before his time. He was the perfect pet and he will be missed everyday. Thanks to Lap of Love his last memory is being with his family, in his home, in his bed. We will forever be grateful. Thank you."

Joelyn Quigliano
Wheatfield, NY

"The agonizing pain that accompanied the decision to euthanize my beloved black lab, Freddie, was compassionately eased by Dr. Steven Schultz.

He gently guided him to a place where people food is on the menu, all the cars are convertibles, and everyone is allowed on the furniture.

Thank you, Dr. Schultz. Your calm and patient presence gave me the confidence to put Fred's comfort before my own.

RIP Freddie 11/19/2004 - 1/7/2019"

Lemoyne Rhoades
Williamsville, NY

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (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
“Tucker loved life to the very end. He loved his family, being wherever we were, lounging outside in the pool in the summer, chasing leaves while daddy ran the leaf blower in the fall and catching snowballs in the winter. He was our loyal protector and friend. We did not have enough time with him and the hardest thing we ever did was let him go. We ...
Carrie Sentz
February 13, 2019
“We had to say goodbye to our beloved Jibs. He was the best cat, almost like a dog in that he’d follow me everywhere. He was my lap buddy at night when I watched TV. He was a talker and had a purr you could hear across the room. I love you Jibs and will miss you forever.”
Tracey Pici
January 25, 2019
“Derringer, our little pistol everyone who ever met you and you "kissed" it was love at first site. You made us smile when we walked through the door and you were always there to lick our tears during the tough times. You couldn't wait to wake up to start your day and asked to go to bed at the end of it. Your kind gentle spirit taught us all so ...
Bonnie Swanson
January 25, 2019
“Tina we love you and miss you. You brought love and laughter to our home. You were a quiet beagle and near the end your newly developed howl made us laugh. Will miss your cuddles that we enjoyed these last few months.”
Mike and Sue Hutchison
January 20, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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, NY 14231

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