Loving Animals Providing Smiles

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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.





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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    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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