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.
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.
"Our 1 (yes, really 1) year old French Bulldog Nory developed a rare, large, aggressive tumor that was unfortunately spreading to her lympph nodes. We were absolutely devastated, and with all the poking, proding, and testing she endured in her short life, she was terrified of the vets office. I heard about Dr Schultz and Lap of Love through a friend at work and I am so glad she suggested it. Dr. Schultz was so kind and walked us through what to expect. It takes a special kind of person to be able to do this day in and day out, and I am forever thankful we were able to keep our girl comfortable and at ease at home while she passed, snuggling her all along the way. Thank you Dr. Schultz and Lap of Love for bringing a sense of calm and peacefulness during such a difficult time."
Kate ZanghiHamburg, NY
"Dr. Steven came to our house. He was amazing, he has patience and understanding. He makes a very difficult time easier. I am so glad we found him. The whole Lap of Love Team is amazing."
Lynn LentSloan, NY
"We are forever grateful to Dr. Steven for making our Pepper's transition a calm, painless and peaceful one. His caring & kindness was so comforting to us too. He made a sad & traumatic experience much easier. Thank you again for everything........."
Jean & Lori LavinTonawanda, NY
"In spite of the sad circumstances, we are very glad that we chose to say "so long for now" to our boy Howard through the services of Dr. Schultz who is a kind man that we are grateful to have met."
Elizabeth Lodwig-ParsonsTonawanda, NY
"A week ago, Dr. Steven Schultz from Lap of Love came to the house for our beloved Daisy’s final day. It may seem awkward to share your grief, your most personal and painful moments, with someone you have just met, but it wasn't. Dr. Schultz was professional but compassionate, so calm while I was so upset, and he allowed us time to cry and talk to Daisy without making us feel self-conscious or uncomfortable. Daisy's last moments were peaceful, resting on her favorite blanket with us at home.
When Dr. Schultz carried Daisy, laying so sweetly in a basket, out to his car, I suddenly panicked, watching and crying from the doorway, not quite ready to have her taken from me. I ran outside for one last look and one last touch. Dr. Schultz gave me the time to do that, then gave me a hug, and I felt ready to let her go.
I wish we had known about Lap of Love when Pansy, Daisy’s sister, died in 2014, but we are so grateful for them now. I can’t imagine saying goodbye to a pet in any other way. Thank you Dr. Schultz and the staff at Lap of Love for your kindness and understanding and for making this sad and difficult time a little more bearable."
Donna DavidoffKenmore, NY
"We sadly had to lay our dog to rest following the birth of our daughter. Our dog, who was our first little love, always had issues with aggression and she had a hard time adjusting to life with a newborn. While I never imagined not having my little fur baby with us, I cannot tell you how kind and loving Lap of Love was during this terribly difficult time. Dr. Steven drove an hour to my parent's house to help us and was patient, kind and compassionate. While our hearts are feeling empty today, we couldn't have been more grateful to the peaceful and respectful experience Lap of Love gave our Olive."
Brittany FreyWilliamsville, 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