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
"Dr. Schultz was very informative and very kind in his care with our family and Princess went peacefully."
Janet BreedenNiagara Falls, NY
"Thank you Dr. Erin for being so kind and gentle with my baby girl. I am forever grateful to you that she could find peace and pass in the comfort of her familiar surroundings. I could not save her from the cancer but I could help her pass peacefully and thank you for helping me do that."
Kari-anne ToyEast Aurora, NY
"Dr. Gorney was amazing, and did an excellent job of making this a painless process. It was very important to us that it was done this way and she exceeded expectations."
Paul WoupioClarence, NY
"Dr. Steven was amazing, he made one of the most difficult times in our lives a peaceful one. I am grateful that we had the ability to have home be the final resting pace for our beloved Milo. Dr. Steven's care and compassion towards animals and families is unbelievable. Thank you for this service."
Kristen TowerCheektowaga, NY
"Very compassionate and professional. Dr. Schultz explained the process thoroughly and gave us the time and our pet the dignity of peace during the difficult time. Highly recommend Dr. Schultz and this organization."
Tammy Bartendepew, NY
"I cannot thank you enough. Last year I had to put my Lucky down he was 16. I took him to my vet and the experience was HORRIBLE. He was so stressed they muzzled him took him from me for 20 minutes to put in a catheter. It’s been a year and I still can’t go there. Dr. Gorney cane to my house to help our sweet Lola cross the rainbow bridge. She was so sympathetic so compassionate I could see her heart ache in her eyes for us. Though it was so hard to say goodbye she made it easier. Lola was with her family not stressed when we said goodbye. My only regret is that I didn’t have you here for my Lucky. Thank you Dr. Gorney you truly are an angel. I could not do what you but thank god that you can and I only hope you don’t carry the burden of grief that we feel because you truly are an angel on earth!! Thank you all!!"
Joelle StantonWest seneca, 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