Loving Animals Providing Smiles


Loving Animals Providing Smiles

What They Do:

Create smiles by bringing certified therapy pets to Napa’s most deserving residents:  children with behavioral and learning challenges, incarcerated teens, seniors in memory care, patients in skilled nursing facilities. Train volunteer/pet teams to the highest safety standards. Dogs, cats and mini-horses share their furry love with young and old.

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. LAPS accepts dogs, cats, bunnies, mini-horses and mini-donkeys as therapy partners.

LAPS teams made a difference in the lives of over 1,700 Napa residents in 2017, spending hundreds of hours providing safe, effective and enriching animal-assisted interventions.

In 2018, LAPS celebrates 17 years of service to challenging and often overlooked populations. Our volunteers maintain a safety record that is second-to-none while connecting with clients of all ages and abilities.


Other Ways to Help:

  • Consider volunteering with your pet as a LAPS Therapy Team to bring joy and personal connections into the lives of deserving individuals.
  • Share the good work done by LAPS volunteers through word-of-mouth and social media.
  • Help us realize our long-term goal of acquiring a dedicated training space by donating or leasing an under-used building that we could tailor to our specific needs.

Business Partners:

Our thanks to Holzapple Construction for providing matching donations to LAPS through the Give!Guide.

We thank Peter Heitz of Shypoke Wines for a special opportunity offering.

dreamcatcher graphic smWe thank Dreamcatcher Labradors and Sisters Boutique for a special opportunity offering.

 

 

 


Testimonial:

Our community loves to have the LAPS teams visit regularly as they bring such pleasure to our seniors and give them a sense of pure joy and unconditional love."

~ Robin S., Manager, senior assisted living facility

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