Loving Animals Providing Smiles

$5,945 raised from 83 donations

Category: Youth & Seniors

How We Impact the Community

We create smiles by connecting volunteers and their certified therapy pets with deserving children, teens and seniors.

For over 20 years, LAPS has brought safe, high-quality, effective and enriching in-person animal-assisted interactions to vulnerable populations including children with emotional or learning difficulties, troubled teens, memory care and assisted-living residents, and patients in skilled nursing facilities.

Each new volunteer and pet attend a 6-session training class to develop true therapy team skills, including best practices in client engagement, furthering therapeutic goals and insuring client health and well-being. Each team is tested to the highest standards and mentored throughout their career.

LAPS volunteers reach hundreds of clients each year, bringing personal contact to underserved populations throughout our community.

LAPS welcomes dogs, cats, bunnies, mini-horses and mini-donkeys as therapy pets working alongside their human partners to share unconditional love with young and old.


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

What a $10 donation buys

20 boxes of crayons accompanying our original coloring pages showing LAPS teams at work.

What a $50 donation buys

One half-day training site rental so our teams can learn advanced skills, troubleshoot problems and improve volunteer experience

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: You know someone who would be great at the work we do. Share our story with family, friends and neighbors.
  • Become our “Property Angel” and share underused business/warehouse space for our extensive training classes.
  • Don’t have a pet? Become an Associate Member and provide administrative help. Assist with implementing the strategic

Business Partners

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  • Judy Garcia
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  • Gwenn Mckenzie
    In Honor of All of our dedicated LAPS volunteers past and present
  • Patricia Walker
  • Nadia Valenzuela
    In Honor of With my children (Sebastian and Olivia) we love giving to our community :)
  • Joan Foresman
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  • Kathleen Tucker
    In Honor of Zoe andMaya
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  • Linda Wargo
  • Adrienne & Larry Amdahl
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  • Janice Taylor
  • Irene Deweese
  • Cory Roche
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  • Sharyn Fuller
  • Bill And Susie Ashby
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  • Gwenn Mckenzie
    In Honor of friends and family heading into 2024
  • Barbie And Will Jamieson
  • Lynnie Pelfini
  • Ellen Wulf
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  • Michele Dahlberg
  • Jenny Duke
    In Honor of Ginnie Groth
  • Elizabeth Olcott
  • Leah Zanetell
    In Honor of Leah Zanetell and ZD Wines
  • Barbie Jamieson
    In Honor of Barbie Jamieson and ZD Wines
  • Brandon Deleuze
    In Honor of Brandon deLeuze and ZD Wines
  • Kendra Bruno
    In Honor of Kendra Bruno and ZD Wines
  • Brianna Brockmeyer
    In Honor of Brianna Brockmeyer and ZD Wines
  • Anne Percelay
  • Julie English
    In Honor of Gwenn McKenzie and her hard work
  • Steve And Heather Teague
  • Harris And Johanna Nussbaum And Muth
  • Dale Cliff
  • Mark Park
    In Honor of The LAPS Benicia Play and Practice gang. Happy Holidays from Doug, Mark and Laura
  • Laura Peabody-park
    In Honor of Suzi Q, TC, and all the LAPS and MHPS therapy team angels. Loved, missed, and remembered.
  • Fred And Michelle Antonio
  • Amanda Griffis
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  • Tom Kuntz
    In Honor of Gwenn McKenzie
  • Dianna Mobley
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  • Gwenn Mckenzie
    In Honor of Richard, Kristen, Jake and McKenzie Kramer
  • Gwenn Mckenzie
    In Honor of the McKenzie-Mueller Family
  • Gaye Rider
    In Honor of sisters Joy and Gwenn
  • Gillian Roberts
  • Joan Sullivan
  • Allison Saether
  • Joy Kramer
    In Honor of Christmas and family
  • Anonymous
  • Lee Grayson
  • Louise Renne
  • Nancy Robichaud
  • Yvonne Rasmussen
  • Jessica Harcourt
  • Katherine Wade
  • Gary And Lana Groth
  • Joy Kramer
    In Honor of Christmas
  • Harriet Lehman
  • Victor Chapman
  • Marilane Bergfelt
    In Honor of Hardworking Volunteers !!!
  • Gwenn Mckenzie
    In Honor of Giving Tuesday supporting nonprofits and volunteers in our community
  • Penelope (penny) Pawl
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
    In Honor of Matching Funds
  • Nancy Large
  • Karen Swain
  • Lynn R. Skillings
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  • Gwenn Mckenzie
    In Honor of Ginnie Groth, our original "faux senior" Happy Birthday, Mom!
  • Adam Kleinhenz
  • Sheryl Deleuze
  • Nancy Large
  • Kristin Einberger
  • Mary Taylor
  • Nancy Fireman
  • Gwenn Mckenzie
    In Honor of All of our dedicated LAPS volunteers past and present

Special Opportunity

Eagle Vines Country Club has generously provided two certificates for twosome rounds of golf, winners chosen by random from all LAPS donors during the campaign.

Matching Funds

An anonymous Friend of LAPS match of $500 has been met.
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