Loving Animals Providing Smiles


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.

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Testimonial:

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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    Judy Garcia
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all our LAPS volunteers and their great therapy pets
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    Nadia Valenzuela in honor of My children- Sebastian 5.5yr old and Olivia 13 months old- animals lovers and giving back to G!G from me :)
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    Caroline Templeton in honor of My family - 2 sons, 1 daughter and 6 grandchildren
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    Dianna Mobley in honor of Gwenn McKenzie
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of friends and family
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    Elizabeth Munk in honor of The Munk & Florence Family
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    Anonymous in honor of Donation from ZD Wines on behalf of Leah Zanetell
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    Anonymous in honor of Donation from ZD Wines on behalf of Barbie Jamieson
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    Anonymous in honor of Donation from ZD Wines on behalf of Scott Billeci
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    Julie English in honor of Gwenn MacKenzie
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    Heather Graves in honor of Judi
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    Joy Kramer in honor of Happy Christmas
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    Laura and Mark Peabody-Park in honor of All the LAPS angels, especially our Suzi Q
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    Dian Dooley
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    Jenny Duke in honor of the memory of Ginnie Groth
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    Joy M Kramer in honor of Friendship
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    Gina Kramer in honor of Dusty, Hudson, Berkley, Gammy & Papa
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of our volunteers helping new members and potential volunteers
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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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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my sisters, Gaye and Joy, and their wonderful kids and grandkids
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    Barry Kannon of Malcolm Drilling Co. in honor of Matching Funds
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my mom, Ginnie Groth, our favorite faux senior
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    Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all our LAPS volunteers and their great therapy pets
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