Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)
What They Do:
Create smiles by bringing certified therapy pets to Napa’s most deserving residents: children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges; incarcerated teens; seniors in assisted-living and memory care; patients in skilled nursing facilities. Train teams to the highest standards of safe and effective animal-assisted therapy. Dogs and cats share their furry love with young and old alike.
Each new LAPS team attends a six-week training class, is tested to the highest standards, and is mentored for three months before becoming fully active. LAPS teams made a difference in the lives of nearly 2000 Napa residents in 2016, spending 365 hours providing safe, effective, and enriching animal-assisted therapy services. Members gave 2000 hours to training, public events, and administrative tasks. Volunteers maintain an unmatched safety record while connecting with clients of all ages and abilities. LAPS welcomes dogs, cats, mini-horses, mini-donkeys, and bunnies as therapy pet partners. LAPS recently completed a training video and revised testing procedures to better reflect the important skills needed for success.
$100 in matching funds from Dreamcatcher Labrador Retrievers.
$500 in matching funds from Peter Heitz of Shypoke Wines. $300 in matching funds from an anonymous friend of LAPS.
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