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.
"We are deeply indebted to Dr. Steven for his kindness and thoughtfulness as we said goodbye to our cat, Junior. Junior was a steadfast companion for 19 years. Dr. Steven and Lap of Love provided a private and dignified way for us to honor our friend. Thank you!
Claire & Tim Carlo"
Claire CarloAmherst, NY
"Dr Schultz was wonderful. He treated my Killmo with great respect and showed so much interest in his life and how he got his name. He was willing to answer all questions and took his time with the process. I am so glad that I chose to use Lap of Love to set my favorite boy free."
Joan UsiakBuffalo, NY
"My teenage daughter found out about Lap of Love when we were making the tough decision on how to best handle our dogs problems. This was truly the best decision we could have made and really helped us get through a very difficult time. Words cannot say how much I appreciate the Lap of Love group and everything they have done for us. I highly recommend this to anyone that is terrified of the experience of helping a pet move on. From the initial phone call to the follow up emails from the Dr, every step of this experience has been far less difficult with their help."
Alan AmorosoBuffalo, NY
"I cannot thank Dr.Shultz enough for his gentle, kind and compassionate care that he gave Miley and I. It made such a difficult decision so much easier, as it was a very peaceful and calm experience. Thank you so, SO much to this organization and to Dr. Shultz for peacefully releasing my baby's spirit."
Kimberly Liebrich LiebrichBuffalo, NY, NY
"Coconut was in a lot of pain due to a tumor that developed in his mouth and we had to let him go when he stopped eating. It was one of the saddest days of my life but Dr. Steven Schultz from lap of love made it so much better. We were able to let him go, at home, in our bed where he loved to be. I was able to hug him and pet him as he passed away and Dr. Schultz was so sympathetic and caring and completely accommodating to our needs. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone who truly wants to send their pet off in the most loving way possible. I am so grateful that this organization exists and that Dr. Schultz does what he does. I miss Coconut every day, but it brought me comfort knowing we were ending his suffering and letting him go in the best way possible."
Rachel WGrand Island, NY
"Not that I was hoping to see Dr. Schultz so soon after he helped me with my passing of Genny. He once again helped me let my Elvis pass peacefully. He is very understanding of what I could handle and couldn't. It is a very wonderful thing he does."
Jackie KonsekDepew, 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
Niagara Gazette: Lockport Vet Offers Pets In-Home Euthanasia & Hospice
ABC 7 WKBW Buffalo News: Saying Good-Bye To A Pet