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.
Dr. Steven will be unavailable from November 22th - 26th. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon his 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, 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.
"After 16 1/2 years my beautiful miniature dachshund was struggling more and more. From my first phone call with Tina to the last moment when Dr Schultz took my Sweet Puppy I experienced nothing but warmth and compassion from Lap of Love. Dr Schultz was very patient , assuring me all the time I needed to hold her and cuddle her both before and after she had passed. Lil’Diva’s passing was a very emotional for me but Dr Schultz took the time to be sure I understood everything and even shared with us about his two dachshunds which are also up in years. No doubt this is a very difficult thing to do but our experience with Dr Dchultz and Lap of Love made Lil’Diva’s final moments very comfortable and peaceful. I could not have ask for anything better. If I ever am in this situation again I will definitely ask for Dr Schultz at Lap of Love."
Linda TaylorWilliamsville, NY
"Thank you Dr. Steve for your Kindness during this difficult time.
Dr. Steve was very empathetic and loving.
Dr. Steve also followed up with a beautiful email the following day.
Thank you Dr Steve. God Bless you..
Terry & Dawn Winkler and Family"
Terry WinklerAkron, NY
"Dr. Schultz was wonderful. We have had two of our dogs put to rest in the last couple of years. The experience with having the DR come to our home made our animals passing while sad, more peaceful for them & our family. We can't thank you enough for helping our animals."
Denise WBuffalo, NY
"Dr. Steve helped Max leave this world today, at our home, with compassion and professionalism. It was a very difficult decision for us, wanting Max to be with us a bit longer but not wanting him to suffer. Dr. Steve was very patient with our questions and very supportive when we decided it was time to let Max go. Max was relaxed and didn't feel anything, the whole process was very peaceful for Max. We would recommend Dr. Steve to anyone considering euthanasia for their furry family members."
David MarinoWilliamsville, NY
"Dr. Steven Schultz was so comforting and gentle. His calm presence and demeanor brought all of us at ease during this sad time. He is a beautiful, warm, caring person and I am deeply grateful he was here to help us when we needed it. I wish he was still practicing. Dr. Schultz is a very dear and loving person. I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Gratitude and peace."
Lydia KawalerClarence, NY
"Dr. Steve was comforting, reassuring, kind, patient, and warm during this very difficult time. He demonstrated humanity and compassion towards our dear beloved furry companion and made sure we were aware what was happening every step of the way. Much gratitude Dr. Steve, Lydia and Dave"
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