Loving Animals Providing Smiles

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Loving Animals Providing Smiles

What We Do:

We create smiles by connecting volunteers and certified therapy pets with Napa’s most deserving residents: children, incarcerated teens, seniors in assisted living/memory care, and patients in skilled nursing facilities. Train volunteers and their dogs, cats, bunnies and mini-horses to share unconditional love with young and old.

For 20 years, LAPS has provided high-quality, effective and enriching in-person, animal-assisted interactions for the vulnerable and often overlooked of all ages. LAPS is developing new ways to maintain meaningful personal connections with our clients in virtual and safely distanced formats. Each LAPS volunteer bringing a pet into service attends a six-week training class to develop true therapy team skills. The team is tested to meet the highest standards and mentored for three months. LAPS welcomes dogs, cats, mini-horses, mini-donkeys, and bunnies as therapy pets working alongside their human partners

Other Ways to Help:

  • Volunteer: Our greatest need is for community members willing to spend time making a difference in the lives of others with their people-friendly, well-mannered pets by their sides.
  • Share our story: Everyone knows someone who would be great at the work we do. LAPS teams bring quality services to our most deserving neighbors, but not many people have heard of us.
  • Be our “property Angel” and provide us with your underused business/warehouse space for our extensive training classes.

Business Partners:






LAPS continues to make a significantly positive impact on all participants of our day program. These special dogs, along with their kind and compassionate owners, light up lives and bring smiles to all.

~ Kristin E., Activities Coordinator Senior Day Program

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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of our volunteers helping new members and potential volunteers
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    Jane Rowland
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    Joy M Kramer in honor of Family
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    Joan M. Burrell
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Sisters
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    Karen Swain
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    cathy reat
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    Laura Peabody-Park in honor of Judi Kannon, in loving memory of the joy she and her therapy dogs brought.
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    Dreamcatcher Labradors in honor of Matching Funds
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    Sandra and Dean Hansen
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    Carol Nelsen
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my sisters, Gaye and Joy, and their wonderful kids and grandkids
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    Sheryl deLeuze
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    Jessica Harcourt
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    Barry Kannon of Malcolm Drilling Co. in honor of Matching Funds
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    Anonymous in honor of Nancy Large
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my mom, Ginnie Groth, our favorite faux senior
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    Mary Taylor
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    Anonymous in honor of Animals.
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all our LAPS volunteers and their great therapy pets
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