Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)


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.

Testimonial:

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. Joan Grant Sullivan
  2. Lynn Skillings
  3. Patricia Leopold
  4. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of our friends at Napa CanDo who made the Give!Guide possible
  5. Joan Foresman
  6. Nadia Valenzuela in honor of Corey Hahn and Shannon Smith
  7. krysten stepke
  8. Judy Garcia in honor of Nate, Stella and Lisa McWilliams, with love from Judy Garcia on behalf of my daughter and her therapy dogs!
  9. Sue Berry
  10. Lena Demsky
  11. Erica Pickett
  12. Jane Cunningham in honor of All the LAPS owners and furkids who donate their time to help others
  13. Kathy Merritt in honor of My Mom, Connie (Carnation) Andrew
  14. Marguerite Cole
  15. Anonymous
  16. Anonymous
  17. Kendra Bruno
  18. Buddy and Bo in honor of fellow LAPS therapy dogs, Past and Present
  19. Leslie Farwell
  20. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of all the generous Give!Guide supporters
  21. Anne Percelay
  22. Mark Park in honor of all the great pets and people we meet through LAPS
  23. Laura Peabody-Park in honor of my mother, who was so proud of her grandpup being a therapy dog
  24. Linda Wargo
  25. Carol Nelsen
  26. Camille Kaijankoski
  27. Julia Winiarski
  28. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of our dedicated LAPS volunteers and their wonderful therapy pets
  29. Barbie Jamieson
  30. Jim and Kim Meredith
  31. Kathleen Tucker
  32. Judi Kannon in honor of Mary Fran & Jack Gillan and Florence & Walt Kannon : our wonderful, dog-loving parents!
  33. Julie Osborn in honor of Bogey, LAPS Therphy Dog
  34. Hilary Zunin
  35. Anonymous
  36. Erin and Jason Hooten in honor of Gwenn McKenzie and in memory of Bob McKenzie
  37. Anonymous
  38. Jessica J. Harcourt
  39. Jessica J. Harcourt
  40. Cameron Silva
  41. Patricia Wargo in honor of Linda Wargo
  42. Nancy Large
  43. Linda Wargo
  44. Juanita Boutwell in honor of Sadie
  45. Napa Business Network
  46. Cristina White in honor of Cowboy
  47. Grant and Paula Totten in honor of the memory of Gilmer Totten
  48. Rabobank Napa
  49. ZD Wines on behalf of Leah Zanetell
  50. ZD Wines on behalf of Barbie Jamieson
  51. ZD Wines on behalf of Brian deLeuze
  52. ZD Wines on behalf of Scott Billeci
  53. Il Posto Trattoria in honor of Dine & Donate
  54. ZD Wines on behalf of Brianna Brockmeyer
  55. Tom Weidinger and Karen Culler
  56. Anonymous via Facebook
  57. Liz Marks
  58. Richard and Kristen Kramer
  59. Marcia Hadeler
  60. Laura Peabody in honor of Sheryl McNamare with deepest sympathies from Laura and Mark Peabody-Park
  61. Robert Fioretti
  62. Nancy Large
  63. Marilane and Ben Bergfelt
  64. Evan DuBois in honor of Judi and Barry Kannon
  65. Anonymous
  66. Julie Osborn
  67. Anonymous
  68. Lana and Gary Groth
  69. Gaye Rider in honor of Ginnie Groth
  70. Judith Hall in honor of Melissa Prichett
  71. Julie English in honor of Gwenn, Lucy and Annie
  72. Kathleen Tucker in honor of Zoe and Maya
  73. Nancy Large
  74. Cathy Sullivan
  75. Joy Kramer in honor of Jillian
  76. Laura Peabody-Park in honor of In memory of Val’s mom, with love and support from your LAPS family.
  77. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of the Karen and Bob Mueller Family
  78. Peggy Eriksen and Richard Faenzi
  79. Joann Jex
  80. Anonymous in honor of Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)
  81. Anonymous in honor of Linda Wargo
  82. fred mcwilliams in honor of My wife, Lisa McWillims, In honor of her dedication to such a worthy non profit group!
  83. Laura Peabody in honor of The wonderful community of LAPS volunteers, supporters and clients. Wishing you a joyous holiday season!
  84. Nancy Large
  85. Joy Kramer in honor of Ginnie Groth
  86. Sheryl deLeuze
  87. Anonymous
  88. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Matching Funds in honor of Michelle Antonio
  89. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of the British Columbia branch of my family
  90. Jane Cunningham in honor of Misty, Amanda, York, Goldie & Bailey
  91. Kristine Einberger
  92. Anonymous
  93. Peter & Meg Heitz
  94. Penny Pawl
  95. Penny Pawl
  96. Nancy Large
  97. jacqueline jackson
  98. Nancy Fireman in honor of the Give!Guide raising $1,000,000 for local nonprofits!
  99. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my dad, Jack Groth, who would have been 100 years old today
  100. Nanci Knight
  101. Laura Peabody-Park in honor of In memory of Suzi Q and all LAPS Angel Furkids and Folks
  102. Anonymous
  103. Nancy Large
  104. Michelle Antonio in honor of and in memory of Claudio and Lani Parame
  105. Ellen Martin
  106. Sam and Joan Fromowitz
  107. Jenny M. Duke in honor of Gennie Groth
  108. Deassa Binstock
  109. Cathy Sullivan
  110. Joy Kramer in honor of Ginnie Groth, Happy Birthday, Mom.
  111. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Our mom, Ginnie Groth, on what would have been her 101st birthday
  112. Wendi Piscia
  113. Tina Wielandt
  114. Anonymous
  115. Tina Wielandt
  116. Mark Park in honor of LAPS Evaluators and Helpers
  117. Karen Frisinger
  118. Anonymous
  119. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Our dedicated LAPS volunteers
  120. Nancy Fireman
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