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. Schultz and Lap of Love made Bailey’s passing easier to bear. Dr. Schultz took so much time with us to explain the procedure and what we’d be seeing. It was a peaceful and comforting process, although heartbreaking. We miss her so much but are grateful for the opportunity to have it done at home, with her family around her. Thank you so much for this service."

Kathleen Taber
Town of Tonawanda, NY

"Lap of Love was recommended by our vet because we wanted our whole family to be comfortable if & when the time came to say goodbye to our girl. It was the hardest thing we've ever had to go through. It was also the best choice. All of the people, Tina & Dr. Erin were amazing. With us, my boys and most definitely Rylee. I couldn't be more grateful."

Jennifer Sinatra
Amherst, NY

"You know that they care when the Veterinarian sheds tears when your beloved pet passes away."

Donna Toepfer
Springville, NY

"Recently, our awesome C.J., a 14 year old chihuahua, became terminally ill. Being no hope, we used the services of Lap of Love. Dr. Erin came to our home. This lady is an absolute credit to her profession. She allowed us time alone with Chunky to say our good-byes. Her compassion and kindness were greatly appreciated. As it was, earlier in the week, I lost a dear friend of 40 years. Dr. Erin proved to be a strong source of comfort during an especially difficult time for my wife and I. Thank you Lap of Love, and Dr. Erin.

Jim Truscio April 7, 2019"

James Truscio
Lockport, NY

"Dr. Steven was so caring and wonderful. He made euthanizing my sweet baby, a little less painful by being so compassionate. He explained exactly what would happen in a very loving way."

Katie Ambrose
Buffalo, NY

"What I really needed was confirmation that our choice to let Tigger go, before he experienced abject suffering or discomfort, was the right one. Dr. Gorney was very kind and compassionate, and I am glad she was able to help us through this."

sarah stern
lockport, 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
“The best friend, girl, sister & daughter you could have ever wished for. We will love you forever and miss you always. See you, Abby and Harley at the Rainbow bridge my angel.”
Jennifer Sinatra
April 17, 2019
“I will always have a special place in my heart and memories of you, I know you are free of pain and running with all the other beautiful animals that called our house a Home.”
Donna Toepfer
April 9, 2019
“My dear sweet cat of 17.5 years, Sake, passed away this week. Thank you to Lap of Love for helping her transition in peace and in the comfort of our home. Sake made my life so very beautiful and made my house a real home. She was so incredibly loving and sweet, with a gentle touch. She was always extra affectionate. She will be missed by me, and ...
Katie Ambrose
March 15, 2019
“We have no idea where Tigger was born or what his life circumstances were. The shelter told us he was twelve, that he had been abandoned by his family because their child was allergic to cats, and that he seemed to be in good health...he was just old. And mean. But my husband wanted him and so home with us he came.

He wasn't a mean cat. It ...
sarah stern
March 7, 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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