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. Liz

Liz Myers

I came to veterinary medicine following a career in the arts and scientific illustration; I spent years volunteering in shelters and rescues in the late 1990s and after experiencing an intense medical intervention with my beloved pet rabbit, I finally decided to pursue my new dream of being a veterinarian. I earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas (in addition to my previous BFA) and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. I have been working in the veterinary field since 2003, most notably at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, and wildlife rehabilitation in Kansas, and have had the opportunity to practice general and emergency veterinary medicine in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio in the United States and recently in Ontario, Canada.  

My interests have always included exotic animal and wildlife medicine as well as alternative medical therapies, including Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. When I became certified in Fear Free practice, Veterinary Acupuncture and Tui-na (acupressure massage) a few years ago, my approach to practicing medicine started to shift. I realized so much could be gained from ensuring patients had access to all possible therapies with a calming, holistic perspective to help maximize their health and comfort and I found this to be especially true in my geriatric patients, including my own geriatric rabbits and rats. My interest in palliative and hospice care grew and I realized that I was not alone in my thinking when I saw Dr. Mary Gardner, Lap of Love’s co-founder, speak on the topic at a conference. I have truly enjoyed seeing the difference I can make in my patients using these various methods, knowing that their quality of life can be improved, and giving them and their families the dignity they deserve when it is time to say goodbye. Experiencing these delicate situations first-hand prior to becoming a veterinarian has given me a unique perspective regarding end-of-life care and I endeavor to create a peaceful and respectful environment for my patients and clients. 

In my spare time, I enjoy running, knitting, baking (this is why I run!), and hiking with my husband around southern Ontario and western New York. We recently lost our sweet, 12-year old bunny, Maude, and have been fortunate to have cared for many pets over the years, including a cat, two dogs, many rats, a lizard, and of course, my favorite: bunnies. I am excited to explore the Buffalo area more and am honored to help patients and their families in their time of need. 

Dr. Steven

Steven Schultz

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 dachshund, and Mel, a wire-haired miniature dachshund. Their favorite activities are eating and napping in warm sunny spots. Their next favorite activities are also eating and napping in warm sunny spots.

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 goodbye to my best friend was the hardest thing i have ever experienced. However, Doctor Liz really made the process much more comfortable for all of us. She helped my Madison cross the rainbow bridge peacefully with so much tender care. I am forever grateful for her."

Olivia Ross
Hamburg, New York

"We knew how hard losing our best friend was going to be and we were so afraid. We had so many emotions swirling in those final weeks and days. Dr. Julie was the light that guided us through all those emotions. Lap Of Love responded with such compassion and understanding. Dr. Julie helped put everything in terms that helped us overcome the sadness and do what was best for Panzer. She sympathized and related her stories. She explained what our Rottweiler was experiencing, the decisions we needed to make, and set our expectations.

When the time came Dr. Julie faded into the background and let us say goodbye. She gave us the respect, understanding, and love to us and especially Panzer when we thought no one else would. She gave us the strength we didn't think we had and needed to make it through. No words can express our gratitude to Dr. Julie and Lap of Love."

Jason Eisenhauer
Lancaster, New York

"The time had come that we had been dreading. Our 4th time in 30 years having to say goodbye to our fury children. Experience and time never makes it easier.

Bobby, our 16 year old Border Collie let us know through his eyes and actions, it was time. We called Lap Of Love and in between the tears, made arrangements for Dr. Liz to come in a short few hours.

Dr. Liz exuded perfect grace & compassion with a beautiful tenderness. It takes a special person to do such a job that brings both great sadness & relief at the same time.

Plain & simply! We would not have changed a thing about our experience! The peace and comfort of the experience of being at home was immeasurable!

Thank you Dr. Liz"

Craig Hayes
Niagara Falls, New York

"they are the best in the most horrible situation"

Deborah Wiseman
Williamsville, New York

"Very grateful for the care and compassion shown by Dr. Liz. Couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you!"

Bill, Norma, and Jillian Porter
Cheektowaga, New York

"My Jake has had anxiety for as long as he has been with me and it has gotten worse in his older years from dimentia. The thought of the stressful car ride and vet visit being his last moments was unfathomable. Dr. Schultz was so kind and warm and helped everyone feel at ease. My boy went peacefully in his home and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you Lap of Love and the entire staff for making a hard time a little more tolerable and definitely less traumatic for my nervous old man. Warm Regards, Jake's Family."

Teena Slawich
WEST SENECA, 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
“Kingston was a sweetboy.”
Deborah Wiseman
February 17, 2020
“See you when we get there my beautiful big girl!!”
Bill, Norma, and Jillian Porter
February 6, 2020
“Dec 16,2014 was my lucky day as I selected this frightened, traumatized, hairless, neglected homeless refugee from the SPCA, Wheatfield NY Niagara County. "Jasmine," 6 months of age must have had a very rough first 6months and transitioned into a beautiful, chatty, congenial, comforting Himalayan companion/best friend. Her life was too ...
Patricia Scremin
January 28, 2020
“Skylar lost her will to go on yesterday..we called Lap of Love and helped her gain her wings.
Even though my heart is broken I feel so blessed to have had this amazing dog in my life.
Having a pet with this diabetes can humble you QUICKLY with the constant schedule, shots, testing and everything else that goes along. I am so sad our journey is ...
Cynda Croisdale
January 25, 2020
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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