Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)

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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.


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

Business Partners:

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$100 in matching funds from Dreamcatcher Labrador Retrievers.

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$500 in matching funds from Peter Heitz of Shypoke Wines. $300 in matching funds from an anonymous friend of LAPS.

  1. jacqueline jackson
  2. Nancy Fireman in honor of the Give!Guide raising $1,000,000 for local nonprofits!
  3. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my dad, Jack Groth, who would have been 100 years old today
  4. Nanci Knight
  5. Laura Peabody-Park in honor of In memory of Suzi Q and all LAPS Angel Furkids and Folks
  6. Anonymous
  7. Nancy Large
  8. Michelle Antonio in honor of and in memory of Claudio and Lani Parame
  9. Ellen Martin
  10. Sam and Joan Fromowitz
  11. Jenny M. Duke in honor of Gennie Groth
  12. Deassa Binstock
  13. Cathy Sullivan
  14. Joy Kramer in honor of Ginnie Groth, Happy Birthday, Mom.
  15. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Our mom, Ginnie Groth, on what would have been her 101st birthday
  16. Wendi Piscia
  17. Tina Wielandt
  18. Anonymous
  19. Tina Wielandt
  20. Mark Park in honor of LAPS Evaluators and Helpers
  21. Karen Frisinger
  22. Anonymous
  23. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Our dedicated LAPS volunteers
  24. Nancy Fireman
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