Buffalo/Niagara Region

  (716) 320-0187

  BuffaloNiagara@LapofLove.com

Our veterinarians will be unavailable from May 21st - May 28th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon their return.

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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.

Euthanasia$275

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

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.

Additional Appointment 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.

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$245
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 199 pounds$375
Pets 200 pounds and over
(pre-arrangement required)

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$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 199 pounds$255
Pets 200 pounds and over
(pre-arrangement required)

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

Our veterinarians will be unavailable from May 21st - May 28th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon their return.

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.

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. Steven

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.

Dr. Julie

Julie Zalenka, DVM

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. 

About 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.

"We are so thankful we were able to have this experience at home. We’re extremely thankful for Dr. Steven that helped us put our boy to rest. He was such a strong little guy up until that day he left us. We find comfort knowing he is peacefully at rest. Thank you Dr. Steven & Lap of Love.❤️"

Marc/Christin Raymond
North tonawanda, NY

"Dr. Schultz and Lap of Love made Bailey’s passing easier to bear. Dr. Schultz took so much time with us to explain the procedure and what we’d be seeing. It was a peaceful and comforting process, although heartbreaking. We miss her so much but are grateful for the opportunity to have it done at home, with her family around her. Thank you so much for this service."

Kathleen Taber
Town of Tonawanda, NY

"You know that they care when the Veterinarian sheds tears when your beloved pet passes away."

Donna Toepfer
Springville, NY

"Dr. Steven was so caring and wonderful. He made euthanizing my sweet baby, a little less painful by being so compassionate. He explained exactly what would happen in a very loving way."

Katie Ambrose
Buffalo, NY

"Dr. Schultz was amazing. He showed such compassion and patience through this whole process. He provided us with Rambo’s footprint and followed up with us to offer an ear to listen afterwards. He took such care wrapping Rambo in a warm blanket and treated him with such dignity. I can’t thank him enough for allowing my best friend to pass peacefully at home with his family where he belonged."

Holli Bock
Clarence Center, NY

"I just wanted to let everyone know what wonderful people Lap of Love are! They made the most difficult time for most pet lovers so much easier. Not only for me, but for my 18 year old cat, no undue stress of a car ride to a strange place. WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! Thank you so much."

Richard Depczynski
Cheektowaga, NY

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
“Please, if it's time for your pet to cross over, there's no better way than in their home with you there with them, where they basically fall asleep in their favorite place pain free. At the end, our cat was put into a nice basket and tucked in with a blanket and looked like they were peacefully sleeping. We are so thankful we were able to have ...
Marc/Christin Raymond
April 27, 2019
“My best friend, I miss you so much. Waking up and coming home will never be the same without your dark brown eyes looking up at me and your smile as you waited for your pets. I love you and will always remember you.”
Erica Janicki
April 25, 2019
“Dollie was my buddy. She helped me raise my two kids and when the kids left for college she was my constant companion. I miss you Doll. I always had you to count on. You were always there to comfort me when I was sad, to make me laugh and to remind me that sometimes all you need is a ball to fetch and a cheek to lick. Love you my sweet baby girl!”
Anna Michotek
April 19, 2019
“The best friend, girl, sister & daughter you could have ever wished for. We will love you forever and miss you always. See you, Abby and Harley at the Rainbow bridge my angel.”
Jennifer Sinatra
April 17, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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, NY 14231

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