Loving Animals Providing Smiles


Loving Animals Providing Smiles

What We Do:

Create smiles by bringing certified therapy pets to Napa’s most deserving residents: children with behavioral and learning challenges, incarcerated teens, seniors in assisted living, patients in skilled nursing facilities. Train volunteers and pets to the highest safety standards. Dogs, cats and mini-horses share their furry love with young and old.

LAPS teams made a difference in the lives of over 1,600 Napa residents in 2018, spending many hundreds of hours providing safe, effective, and enriching animal-assisted interactions. In 2019, LAPS celebrates 18 years of service to challenging and often overlooked populations.

Each LAPS volunteer bringing a pet into service attends a six-week training class, is tested to the highest standards, and is mentored for three months. Our volunteers maintain a safety record that is second-to-none while connecting with clients of all ages and abilities.

LAPS accepts dogs, cats, mini-horses, mini-donkeys, and bunnies as therapy pets with their human partners.


Other Ways to Help:

  • Volunteer with your well-mannered, people-friendly pet.
  • Don’t have a pet? Share our story via word-of-mouth and social media. LAPS teams bring quality services to our most deserving neighbors, but not many people have heard of us.
  • Be our “Property Angel.” We need an underused business/warehouse space to use for our extensive training classes.

Business Partners:

Eagle Vines Golf Club offers a twosome round of golf to two lucky LAPS donors chosen by random drawing.

Dreamcatcher Labradors offers a $100 gift card to a LAPS donor chosen by random drawing.

 

 

 


Testimonial:

We especially want to thank your volunteers for bringing such joy to our residents in Memory Care, together with the love and laughter that LAPS teams bring to everyone in our community.

~ Pam M., Facility Manager

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    Elizabeth Munk A Cut Above Viticulture Service in honor of The Great Work of CanDo's Give!Guide Napa Valley
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all of our wonderful volunteers
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    Sebastian Wunderlich in honor of Making my 1st donation @ 3.5 yrs old & I love animals!!
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    Anonymous
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    Anonymous in honor of Stella
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    Victoria Alarcon
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    Cindy Lee in honor of Bailey
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    Nancy Large
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    Lynn Skillings
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    Anonymous
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    Laura Peabody in honor of Suzi Q, my LAPS angel dog, and her Gramma Harriett
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    Barbie Jamieson
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    Tom Weidinger and Karen Culler
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    Dale & Bette Acomb
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Sisters
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    Nancy Fireman in honor of Fran Lewis, Heather Graves, her Mom & Baxter
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    Linda Carriker
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    Jennifer McCaffrey in honor of James
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    Richard Kramer Family in honor of Ginnie Groth
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    Gaye Rider in honor of Ginnie Groth
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    Michelle Antonio in honor of Buddy
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    Anonymous in honor of Network for Good
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    Nancy Langendorf in honor of Pippin
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Napan relatives
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    ZD Wines on behalf of Barbie Jamieson
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    Larry and Adrienne Amdahl
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    Sharon Gocke
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of our dedicated LAPS volunteers and their wonderful pets
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    Anonymous in honor of In Memory of Judi Kannon
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    Gary and Lana Groth
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    Anonymous in honor of Judi Kannon
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    Anonymous in honor of Judi Kannon
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    Jennifer Lamb in honor of Susie Fielder
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    Jenny Duke in honor of Ginnie Groth
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    Michelle and Fred Antonio in honor of Judi Kannon
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    Amanda Griffis
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    Joseph Brescia in honor of Judi Kannon
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    Steve Gonsalves in honor of Judi Kannon
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of the Kannon Family and in memory of Judi
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    Heidi Beacham in honor of Judi Kannon
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    Anonymous in honor of Isabelle Amy Deveau Berry
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    Sheryl DeLeuze in honor of Judi Kannon
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    Laura and Mark and Koda Bear Peabody-Park in honor of Judi K, with much love
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my late husband Bob McKenzie, his daughter Karen and her wonderful family
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    Joan Ellen Mckee
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    Jane Cunningham in honor of Trudy, Fritz, Misty, Mandy, Goldie, York - So lucky to have had you all in my life
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    Nancy Large
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    Penelope A Pawl
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    Julie Osborn in honor of Bogy ( A Very SPECIAL LAPS dog)
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    Linda Wargo in honor of Ch Aspire and Try-Luv's Playboy(Hef) MXP, MXJ, MJP, XF, AD, SDS-Advanced, SWN
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    Nancy Large
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my sisters, Gaye and Joy, and their wonderful kids and grandkids
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    Marilane Bergfelt in honor of Bailey, Buddy, Pepe and Stella
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    Anonymous
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    Lise Tarner
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    Valerie Cameron in honor of All Seniors and Veterans
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    Joy Kramer in honor of All the volunteers of LAPS
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my late dad, Jack Groth
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    Nancy Large
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    Anonymous in honor of Facebook fundraiser
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    Betty Butler in honor of Marilane Bergfelt
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    Kristin Einberger in honor of Fairfield Senior Day Program
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    Mary Taylor
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Mom (Ginnie) and Jillian
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    Kirsty Cringan
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my favorite veteran, Army S/Sgt Bob McKenzie
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my mom, Ginnie Groth, who enjoyed being our faux senior at team training
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    John Lemanski
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    Lisa McWilliams in honor of My Beloved Companion and LAPS Therapy Dog, Stella Joy!
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    Nancy Large
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    Krean Swain
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    Cynthia Frederick in honor of Judi
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    Carol Beazley in honor of Katie Haubold (NVYS)
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    Julie Osborn in honor of Pepé, my LAPS therapy pet
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    Nancy Large
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Judi Kannon and her therapy pet Lew
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    Shirley Payne
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    Anonymous in honor of LAPS supporters at Napa Farmers Market
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    Cheryl Blancett
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    Heather Graves
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    Michelle and Fred Antonio in honor of LAPS Teams (past and current) and Associates
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Pepe and Stella, two very special LAPS therapy pets
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    Laura Peabody in honor of Judi Kannon - we love you!
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    Sheryl Deleuze
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    Wendi Piscia
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of LAPS President Judi Kannon and all of our wonderful LAPS volunteers
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