PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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 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 - 200 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 - 200 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

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.

"Saying good-bye to Dharma was the hardest thing I have had to do. She was such a part of our family. It has taken a while before I could even talk about it. I could not have chosen a better way for Dharma to leave this world. Dr. Julie was wonderful and we got to take our time to say good-bye. I know our fur babies look for their 'mom's and dad's' to be there as that is all they have ever needed in their lives. Anyone facing this difficult time in their pets lives needs Laps of Love to help them through this. Thank you all so much."

Kathleen Faery-Washburn
Newfane, New York

"We cannot say enough about Dr. Schultz who came to help our baby. He made a very sad situation bearable. He explained everything and was very patient and kind. We would recommend Lap of Love."

Lynette Tavano
Niagara Falls, New York

"Our Golden Boy Maverick... 10 yrs old, was diagnosed with cancer a little over 4 weeks ago. It showed no mercy and we had to make the painful decision that all of us pet lovers hate to make. But our last gift to him was to be able to end his pain and suffering in the most gentle and peaceful way possible. We didn't want to have his life end in a crisis situation...and he let me know he was ready. He gave us his final good day of enjoyment outdoors in the sunshine and catching his favorite orange orb that he faithfully returned to us for over 10 yrs! The next day he gave me the ok that it was time. Dr. Julie was amazing... gentle, caring, professional and attentive to our every need as our family said goodbye to one of the most loyal best friends that anyone could ever have! She listened to our stories about Maverick, watched the slideshow of pictures of him enjoying life, and asked questions to get to know him, while she quietly worked to put him at ease and end his suffering. It was very painful for us to let him go... but to do it in a peaceful loving way made all the difference in being able to accept the loss. Thank you Julie... we will always remember you and Maverick appreciates that you helped us all through a very difficult time!"

Dianne Button
Newfane, New York

"Words can not describe how wonderful Dr Julie was. She made a very difficult situation easier than we would have expected. No stress, calm end to our Beau's life. Thank you so much."

JoEllen Bounds-Sikorski
Williamsville, New York

"Dr. Julie was quick to respond to our call, and was equally as patient with us as we said our goodbyes.

Our family was stopping by to say their farewells, and Dr. Julie was engaging and encouraging with our grandchildren, who are between 6 and 8 years old. She responded appropriately to their questions and in doing so, eased their fears and covered topics that my husband and I were not able to address given our emotional state."

Shelly Seel
EAST AMHERST, New York

"I reviewed Dr. Julie on the Lap of Love website so I will just say this...

She was exceptionally professional while being supportive and validating at the same time. I felt less alone in this difficult time and will NEVER forget her presence. I am eternally grateful I was not alone."

Erin Richeal
Buffalo, 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 hardest thing we ever had to do was to say goodbye to you!
We know it was time, but our hearts hurt. We know you are running again in
heaven and you are not in pain anymore. We will always remember you and have
Wonderful memories of the time you spent with us. We were so lucky to have you in
Our lives! Love you Gingy!!!”
Lynette Tavano
December 5, 2019
“The boy we love so much ....our Beau ...forever in our hearts”
JoEllen Bounds-Sikorski
November 18, 2019
“When we realized that Nikki was sick we knew that we could not keep her alive with expensive treatments that would extend her life span without quality of life. We kept her happy, loved and comfortable until the day she was unable to eat or walk. This was our first experience with Lap of Love, through the recommendation of my son, who had also ...
Shelly Seel
November 4, 2019
“My beautiful girl who will always be remembered for loving many of my students with disabilities who wanted to love and be loved. The sweetest dog who helped me love through the trauma of all the children from foster care who came into our home and needed to be safe. Cali, you were exceptional in every way. Thank you for forgiving me when I was ...
Erin Richeal
October 22, 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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