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.
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.
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
"We called Lap of Love for their assistance. They were so kind and caring. They quickly came to our need. Dr. Steven was so compassionate and sympathetic. He gently explained what to expect and went at our pace. I held my baby the whole time. The whole experience was very peaceful and as good as it could have been at such an emotionally sad time. I sincerely thank Dr. Steven and the organization for being able relieve the stress of having to take our indoor cat out of our house but instead letting her go peacefully in the comfort of our own home. We appreciate your service and will pass on any information to friends and family who may need it."
Chantal JohnsonNewfane, NY
"Our family can not express how grateful we are for the peaceful ending we were able to give our fur baby cat Sammie.
Starting with the staff at Lap of Love that took our phone call for the final arrangements, they were so kind and sympathetic.
On the day of Sammie's passing Dr. Steven Schultz was incredible, he talked us through every step of Sammie's final moments with us. He handled Sammie with compassion and respect from beginning to end.
Although it was heartbreaking to say good bye, we gave Sammie a beautiful peaceful ending. Sammie pasted surrounded by his family and in his own home with out stress or pain, just love and comfort. I truly hope we can give all our fur babies the peaceful ending Sammie had when there time comes.
Thank you Dr. Steven Sshultz, the services you provide are so compassionate. We are so grateful.
Lindsay & Matt Kasprzak"
Lindsay KasprzakWest Seneca, NY
"I want to thank Dr. Erin Gorney for being there for Ida Mae and me. Her personality and mannerisms had a calming effect on us. Ida was able to transition over so very peacefully because Dr. Gorney was so accommodating. I can't believe what a fantastic service Lap of Love provides to ease the mental stress and anxiety of our pets. Thank you Dr. Gorney for letting Ida complete her presence on earth with grace and dignity."
Elva ConteWest Seneca, NY
"Dr. Erin was great taking care of our pup in her last moments. So kind, gentle and patient. THANK YOU!"
Jennifer BoyceAlden, NY
"In my last testimonial about Emily I did not mention Dr. Erin, who helped me so very much to make the process the least painful as possible. She explained what was going to happen , answered my questions and gave me all of the time I needed with Emily. I want to thank her very, very much for everything that she did and for making this decision easier. If not for Dr. Erin, Emily's passing would have been so much harder."
Lisa UnherAmherst, NY
"I lost my most beloved cat, Emily, this past Thursday, April 19, 2018. I adopted my beautiful child when she was 6 months old from a rescue in Cleveland, Ohio. She lived to be 21 1/2 years. Emily taught me more about being brave and strong than any human has ever done. She saw me through good times and bad. She and I were extremely bonded. I am grateful for having had my precious child in my life for as long as I did and for Emily letting me share so much with her. I have a broken heart right now but I also know that she is at peace. I am very glad for that. Rest in peace my precious, brave Emily. I have learned so much from you. I love you always and will never forget you."
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