Loving Animals Providing Smiles


Loving Animals Providing Smiles

What We Do:

Create smiles by connecting volunteers and certified therapy pets with Napa’s most-deserving residents:  children; incarcerated teens; seniors in assisted living and memory care; and patients in skilled nursing facilities. Train volunteers and pets to the highest safety standards so dogs, cats and mini-horses may share their furry love with young and old.

For 19 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 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:

  Dreamcatcher Labradors offers a $100 gift card to a LAPS donor chosen by random drawing at the end of the campaign.

  Barry Kannon and Malcolm Drilling Company offers a gift card each of the first 3 weeks of the campaign to a LAPS donor drawn at random from that week’s donors: 1st week:  $200; 2nd week: $150; 3rd week: $150.

Eagle Vines Golf Club is offering a twosome round of golf to two lucky LAPS donors chosen by random drawing at the end of the campaign.

 


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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    Joan Sullivan and Walter Norton
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of our LAPS family of volunteers
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    Cheri and Jeff Tillotson
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    Kendra Bruno
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    Joan Foresman
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    Wendi Piscia
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    Patricia Leopold in honor of Gabriella, the Giant Schnauzer; Brody, the Giant Schnauzer; Sophia, the mini Schnauzer; 340,000 victims of COVID-19
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    Linda Wargo
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    Frances Anamosa
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    Anonymous
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    Patricia Peterson
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    Deassa Binstock
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    Nadia Valenzuela
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    Judy Garcia
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Sisters
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all our loved ones who kept us going this year
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    Anonymous
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    Sharon Gocke
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    Elizabeth Munk in honor of John Forster
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    Barbie Jamieson
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    Jane Cunningham in honor of Fritz, Fred, Mandy, York & Goldie - May you all be playing together
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    Mark and Laura Peabody-Park in honor of Suzi Q, my LAPS angel dog, and her Gramma Harriett, and future LAPS hopefuls like Doug
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    Amanda Griffis
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    Jeffrey Schaffer
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    Sarah Aguilar
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    Anonymous in honor of Michelle Nelson
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    Michelle and Fred Antonio
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    Leah Zanetell in honor of On Behalf of Leah Zanetell
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    Barbie Jamieson in honor of On Behalf of Barbie Jamieson
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    Brianna Brockmeyer in honor of On Behalf of Brianna Brockmeyer
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    Leah Zanetell in honor of On Behalf of Scott Billeci
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    Julie Osborn in honor of In Memory of LAPS dog, BOGY! The best dog ever!
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    Ellen Wulf in honor of In Memory of Don Wulf
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    Anonymous
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    Allie Pittenger
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    Diane & Peter Dexter
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    Nancy Large
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    Lynnie Pelfini
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    Gaye Rider in honor of sisters Gwenn and Joy
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all our families and friends near and far
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    Caroline Templeton in honor of Chris and Betsy Templeton; Karen and Dave Bohrk; David and Lynn Templeton; Mac Templeton, Kate Templeton; Penelope Templeton; Fae Templeton; Ian Reis; Eric Reis
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    Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Miller
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    Joy Kramer in honor of All the volunteers of LAPS
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    Lynn Skillings
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    Dianna Mobley in honor of Gwenn McKenzie
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    Erin Hooten in honor of Gwenn McKenzie
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    Dr. Dian Althea Dooley
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    Heather Graves
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    Heather Graves
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    Linda Wargo
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Karen & Bob Mueller, their kids and grandkids
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    Facebook Fundraiser
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Sisters
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    Laura Peabody-Park in honor of The LAPS website committee. Thank you!
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    Anne and Debbie Percelay
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    Tom Weidinger and Karen Culler
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    Lura Dolas and Darryl Brock
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    Adrienne and Larry Amdahl in honor of Marilane Bergfelt
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    Michelle Antonio in honor of All who volunteer
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    Jessica Harcourt
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    Julie English in honor of Gwenn, Lucy and Annie
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    Cynthia Lee in honor of Bailey
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    Joan Burrell in honor of Frank J. Burrell, Sr.
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    Anonymous in honor of Linda Wargo
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    Jenny Duke
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    Anonymous
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    Rodney Parame
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    Anonymous
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    Nancy Large
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    Julie Osborn in honor of Birdie
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    Anonymous
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    Laura and Mark Peabody-Park in honor of LAPS angel Suzi Q
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    Stephanie Turnipseed
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    Anonymous
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    Bruce De Bell
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my sisters, Gaye and Joy, and their wonderful kids and grandkids
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    Cathy Sullivan in honor of All my beautiful dogs who have crossed the rainbow bridge.
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    Gaye Rider in honor of Virgina Groth
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    Nikki and Terry Allen
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Mom (Ginnie) and Jillian
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    Hilary Zunin in honor of Speak with courage. Act with integrity. All else follows.
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    Ben & Marilane Bergfelt in honor of Loving Animals Providing Smiles volunteers
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    Gary and Lana Groth
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    Michelle Antonio in honor of Buddy
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    Karen Swain
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    Harris Nussbaum and Johanna Muth
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    Susan Tsujihara in honor of Jim and Rita Dunaway
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    Laura Peabody-Park in honor of All our animals, past and present
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my mom, Ginnie Groth, our favorite faux senior
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    Penelope A Pawl
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    Deassa Binstock
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    Anonymous
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    Helaina Taylor in honor of Hilary Zunin
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    Anonymous
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    Joy Kramer
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    Michelle and Fred Antonio
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    Carol Nelsen
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    Mary Taylor
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    Jane Rowland in honor of Kevin Rowland
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    Angela Hamilton
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    Carolyn and Ted Sweet in honor of Daisy and Ginger
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    Natalie Taylor
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    Julie Osborn in honor of Pepe
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    Brianna Brockmeyer
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    Kristin Einberger in honor of Fairfield Adult Day Program
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    Adrienne Witte in honor of Missholly Witte
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    Anonymous
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all our LAPS volunteers and their great therapy pets
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    Nancy Fireman in honor of Gwenn and her hard work
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