Buffalo / Niagara Region
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
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.
Steven Schultz, DVM
"This was one of the worst times of my life and from the first phone call to the end I felt like me and my kitty were cared for and treated with sympathy and respect. I spoke with Shannon, Rachel and Dana and they were amazing in setting up for Dr Erin to come out. They were so sweet and comforting at such a difficult time. They couldn't have had sweeter people to help me arrange for this difficult time . The phone call is so hard to make and they were supportive and amazing and even made me smile and laugh a time when I didn't think that was possible. I can really tell that lap of love goes out of their way to hand pick the best, most sincere, loving people to help their callers handle their loss. During the call we scheduled for Dr Erin to come out, she was great as well. . She was sincere, gentle, understanding and professional from the minute she introduced herself. She let me take as long as I needed to say my goodbyes. It's a hefty price but I wouldn't do it any other way. I contemplated taking my trouble to the vet and immediately dismissed the idea. Trouble hated going to the vet and waiting in the waiting room would be torture for me. To look at all the other people in the waiting room taking their pets for regular checkups when I'm there to put my baby to sleep would have been awful. I just couldn't do it. I wanted her home with me, as comfortable as she could be. Dr Erin was respectful and so kind to my baby girl. I can't say enough about her. I'm so glad I made this choice. Saying goodbye is so very hard but with Dr Erin it went as easy as something like this could go. Trouble was able to rest on my bed comfortably while I pet and soothed her before the sedation. She waited for her to be sedated, asleep and comfortable before we said goodbye. She then wrapped up my baby girl so gently and respectfully and put her into a wicker basket. The little things mean so much at a time like this. We were given a paw print momento and a clipping of her hair and that meant a lot too. Thank you Dr. Erin for taking good care of my baby girl. I made the right choice for her. You really made a difference in her passing. I'm so glad that you are out there to help people through this horribly difficult time. Thanks again from , Maureen and Trouble NDombe"
Maureen NDombeOrchard Park, NY
"Dr. Steven was great, my mostly feral cat Figaro was very sick and Dr Steven was kind and gentle. Dr. Steven helped Figaro pass calmly & peacefully."
Pam HoffmanWilliamsville, NY
"It was the hardest call I have ever had to make in my life. Elsje lived a wonderful life of 17 ½ years. I was there when she was born, and I am so grateful I was there when she passed. I am very grateful for Dr. Schultz to help her pass peacefully and knowing how much she was loved. Elsje got the dignity and care that she deserved after a life of giving. Thank you, that was a gift."
Marieke JonkmanAkron, NY
"Dr. Schultz was compassionate, gentle and patient. He spent much time with us, discussing Zachary's quality of life and his illness. Our conversation helped us make the difficult decision. Zachary's passing was done in stages to allow for a peaceful and calm experience for all of us. Thank you, Dr. Schultz for helping all of us but most importantly, our precious boy, Zachary, pass peacefully."
melanie cooperWilliamsville, NY
"Today Dr. Steven came and gave us a beautiful gift. We were able to say goodbye to our 15 1/2 year old Terrier Joya. You couldn't ask for a more loving pet. She did everything with us. We will miss her terribly but never forget her.
Lap of Love and Dr. Steven are the most wonderful things we could have done for her."
Jo Ann MoranBuffalo, NY
"Dr. Schultz was so kind, caring and gentle. After examining Brogan he determined that he was in a great deal of pain. Dr. Schultz explained the euthanasia process, patiently answering any questions. He showed care and dignity throughout the process. He took care of Brogan and me. Dr. Schultz carefully shaved some hair and made a paw impression. After Brogan had passed, Dr. Schultz wrapped him carefully in a warm fuzzy blanket. I assisted and Dr. Schultz even made sure I I did not let Brogan's head lag. We carefully placed him in the car. Dr. Schultz was professional and compassionate. Making this process a bit easier. I would recommend this service and Dr. Schultz to anyone."
Catharine UllenbruchAmherst, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
"Empty Leash" Pet Loss Grief Support Group
Veterinary Emergency Clinic: Cheektowaga, NY
Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center:Orchard Park, NY
Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline
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.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 85Buffalo, NY 14231
The Buffalo News: Lap of Love Brings End-of-Life Care to Pet Owners' Homes
Niagara Gazette: Lockport Vet Offers Pets In-Home Euthanasia & Hospice
ABC 7 WKBW Buffalo News: Saying Good-Bye To A Pet