Buffalo / Niagara Region

  (716) 320-0187

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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$295
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$330
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$345
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$420

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$200
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$230
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$315

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 Doctors

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

Dr. Caitlin

Caitlin Rizzo

I grew up in Islip Terrace, NY and always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. My path in school directed me straight toward a career in veterinary medicine. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology and Animal Science at Cornell University then my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Through my career I have worked in small animal medicine as an Army veterinarian and as a large animal veterinarian making on-farm visits in Western New York.

My favorite part about being a veterinarian, regardless of the species, is experiencing the human-animal bond. This bond that is fostered throughout the years between a pet and their family is incredibly beautiful and fascinating. It shows how unique and special each relationship truly is. As a veterinarian, I play a pivotal role in the human animal bond with the ability to provide the appropriate care to keep animals healthy and allow them to be a part of their family for as long as possible.  

The decision to euthanize a pet is very delicate and personal. I’ve been in the position of helping families through the process as a veterinarian and have also had to personally make this decision as a pet parent. I’ve always been thankful for the peaceful experiences provided to my pets and our entire family through their final moments and am honored to have the opportunity to help families through this time. Providing the gift of a peaceful passing to a beloved pet is a small offering for the years of devotion, love, and loyalty they provide us.

Dr. Jen

Jen Gilbert

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo and, like any Buffalonian, I enjoy winter storms and the lake-effect snow phenomenon of which our region is so famous. I obtained my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from our northern neighbors at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2020, I will obtain my Masters in Public Health in Community Health and Health Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I was always fascinated with science, animals, and the weather. Originally, I wanted to be a meteorologist until I found out about veterinary medicine. Since pets have always been important to me, and have contributed to my life in positive ways, I decided that being a veterinarian was the best way I could contribute to the lives of pets that so selflessly live alongside us and bring us such joy.

Recently, I had to manage the end of life care of my 15 year-old dog, Daffy. She had a painful disc pressing on her spinal column in her neck that affected her gait and she also developed kidney disease. With a new diet and pain medication, Daffy managed very well for an extended period of time but ultimately her pain worsened, and medications were no longer effective. The day she wasn’t interested in going for a walk and wasn’t at the door waiting for me, I knew that she was not doing the things she loved to do. It was such a hard decision, but I could see she was suffering. This experience, and the loss of many other pets in my lifetime, reinforced the importance of providing a pain-free, end-of-life experience for our furry companions. Working for Lap of Love allows me to help our beloved companions by making their last moments comfortable while surrounded by their families.

I enjoy learning, reading, and walking in the park and eating at Buffalo’s restaurants with my husband. My cat, Miss B, enjoys watching the weather from her sunny window when she is not napping.

Dr. Kathy

Kathy Kivi

For the past few years, I’ve lived in Buffalo, New York, and before that, have lived all over. I was born in San Diego, California and spent my years “growing up” in Colorado, Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee. After graduating with honors from high school, I attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. In pursuit of my veterinary goals, I ended up in Toronto, Ontario and acquired my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.  

After graduation, I spent 14 years working in small animal practice in Toronto. During that time, I also ran my own mobile horse practice and worked as a relief veterinarian at a few local emergency clinics. My experience extends beyond dogs, cats and horses, to also include rabbits, pocket pets, and some reptiles, too! My affinity for all animals, their welfare, and the people who love them is strong and enduring.

The interaction with patients and their families is my favorite part of veterinary medicine. As an advocate for animals, the ability to be a source of knowledge and compassionate care was a main reason I pursued a career in veterinary medicine. Enhancing the human-animal bond by providing dedicated care, quality medicine, knowledge, and a deep understanding of families and their pet’s needs is my ultimate goal. I understand firsthand how difficult the loss of a pet can be, and how very important it is to provide our fur babies a peaceful passing in the arms of their family. It is an honor to be a source of strength, stability, and compassion for families at such an important moment in their lives. 

Outside of my time in Buffalo, I have a daughter, Allison, and son, Matthew, that both still live in the Toronto area. We are together every chance we get, usually at the hockey arena. I also have four furry kids of my own, “Nemo” (a tripod golden retriever), “Crush” (a crazy sleek coated Australian shepherd), “Gigi”, (a sassy Pomeranian), and a rabbit named “Nugget.” 

About Caitlin Rizzo

I grew up in Islip Terrace, NY and always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. My path in school directed me straight toward a career in veterinary medicine. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology and Animal Science at Cornell University then my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Through my career I have worked in small animal medicine as an Army veterinarian and as a large animal veterinarian making on-farm visits in Western New York.

My favorite part about being a veterinarian, regardless of the species, is experiencing the human-animal bond. This bond that is fostered throughout the years between a pet and their family is incredibly beautiful and fascinating. It shows how unique and special each relationship truly is. As a veterinarian, I play a pivotal role in the human animal bond with the ability to provide the appropriate care to keep animals healthy and allow them to be a part of their family for as long as possible.  

The decision to euthanize a pet is very delicate and personal. I’ve been in the position of helping families through the process as a veterinarian and have also had to personally make this decision as a pet parent. I’ve always been thankful for the peaceful experiences provided to my pets and our entire family through their final moments and am honored to have the opportunity to help families through this time. Providing the gift of a peaceful passing to a beloved pet is a small offering for the years of devotion, love, and loyalty they provide us.

"Dr. Kathy couldn't have been better."

Anne Fanelli
Elma, New York

"Dr. Kathy was so loving and compassionate. She thoroughly explained the entire process. She made sure he passed with his dignity in tact. She was such a blessing during this very difficult time."

JILLINA KWIATKOWSKI
DEPEW, New York

"Dr Kathy was incredible. I’m glad God brought her to us in our time of need. She was so kind and patient. She explained everything thoroughly. She let us talk about how wonderful Maggie was and she patiently listened. She guided us through the whole process. She came right in sat down on the floor with us near Maggie like she was just part of our family. I can’t express my appreciation enough for Dr Kathy Kivi. Thank you for your kindness, God Bless."

Donna Wieczorek
Cheektowaga, New York

"There are not enough ways to say "thank you" to Dr. Kathy. She showed such kindness and compassion towards our family at this most difficult time. Dr. Kathy explained everything from beginning to end and never rushed the process. She didn't begin until we were ready to begin and let us go at our pace. She allowed our family to have as much time alone with Frankie as we needed. Thank you for allowing us to carry Frankie out to your car. That meant so much to us.

We can't say enough about Lap of Love. They are an amazing and wonderful organization. From the first inquiry to the phone call to say it was time, they were wonderful. They were so comforting and even referred to Frankie by name in the conversation. Right from the beginning we felt that we mattered. Although it was the hardest decision to say goodbye to Frankie, we know it was the best thing for him."

Lori Campanella
Grand Island, New York

"Kathy, thank you for giving Oso a peaceful passing. I cannot even begin to express how beautiful it was and how happy I am that he went so easily. I commend you for doing what you do and making the babies and families so comfortable. Thank you again."

Nicole Mokhiber
Niagara Falls, New York

"Dr. Kathy Kivi, we are grateful for the comfort, love, and compassion you not only gave Bogie but our family as well during this very difficult time. How lucky for us that you answered the "calling" to join Lap of Love! Bogie passed in peace and with dignity, in comfort and an abundance of love. Thank you, for the special person you are - we will be forever grateful!"

Sue Krizancic
HAMBURG, New York

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
“Missed so much from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.”
Anne Fanelli
January 14, 2021
“Oh, Sammy. The house is quieter without you. All of your brothers and sisters have been looking for you. I walked down to the kitchen this morning and realized I will never see the cupboard door open again after you decided to hide in there. Dad and I miss you every second. I pray that you've met up with Magic and Dakota by now, and you're ...
JILLINA KWIATKOWSKI
January 14, 2021
“Maggie was our beautiful German Shepard. She blessed our lives for nearly 13 years. She was the gentlest giant. She was also the Best protector of Dad, Mom, and kids. She was a good “little” sister to her pupper sisters- Princess our Beagle and Zsu Zsu our Chihuahua. She loved all her little Chihuahua friends that would climb all over her ...
Donna Wieczorek
January 11, 2021
“Frankie (AKA Beast, One good looking dude, Mr. Frank, Franklin, Mama's monkey, Crazy dog, Mommy's sweet angel),

As we sit here writing this, tears pouring down our face, we would give anything to have you back even for one more day. But that would be selfish, we never wanted you to suffer. So we did the unselfish thing and we let you go to ...
Lori Campanella
January 9, 2021
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
PO Box 186
Buffalo, New York 14215

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