Loving Animals Providing Smiles

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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.





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

  1. Jessica Harcourt
  2. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of family and friends
  3. Natalie Taylor in honor of The Fabulous people of LAPS
  4. Joy Kramer in honor of Volunteers and Jillian
  5. Anonymous
  6. Anonymous
  7. Sheryl deLeuze
  8. kathy wade
  9. Anonymous in honor of Michelle Antonio PG&E Matching Funds
  10. Anonymous
  11. Anonymous
  12. Anonymous
  13. Rian Lindley
  14. Bill and Susie Ashby
  15. Bill Imada in honor of Hon. Brad Wagenknecht, Napa County Supervisor
  16. Judi Kannon
  17. Carol Nelsen
  18. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of Giving Tuesday
  19. Nancy Large
  20. Holzapple Construction Inc. in honor of Matching Funds
  21. Nancy Large
  22. Larry and Adrienne Amdahl
  23. Joy Kramer in honor of Sisters
  24. Melanie Oberting in honor of Our old dog Indy
  25. Anonymous in honor of Eli
  26. Bill Thomas
  27. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my dad, Jack Groth, on the anniversary of his birth
  28. Diamond Mtn Stables
  29. Anonymous
  30. Julie Osborn
  31. Joy Kramer in honor of Volunteers and Jillian
  32. Kristin Einberger
  33. Anonymous in honor of the memory of Isabelle Devean Berry
  34. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of the wonderful volunteers making our community better, stronger, more loving
  35. Linda Wargo
  36. Anonymous
  37. Joy Kramer in honor of Jillian
  38. Heather Graves in honor of Irene
  39. Dianna & Rob Mobley in honor of Zack the Border Terrier - forever in our hearts (2001-2018)
  40. Anonymous
  41. Richard Faenzi & Peggy Eriksen
  42. Linda Methven
  43. Karen Swain
  44. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my favorite veteran, Bob McKenzie: husband, father, photographer
  45. Anonymous
  46. Anonymous
  47. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my mom, Ginnie Groth, who enjoyed being our faux senior at team training
  48. Kathleen Tucker in honor of Zoe and Maya
  49. Judi Kannon
  50. Joy Kramer in honor of Ginnie Groth, Happy Birthday, Mom.
  51. Don Payne
  52. Mary Taylor
  53. Cathy Sullivan in honor of All my beautiful and loving pets.
  54. Judi & Barry Kannon
  55. Wendi Piscia
  56. Sheryl deLeuze
  58. Laura Peabody in honor of Harriett Peabody, who loved being a LAPSer's Gramma
  59. Julie Zavidniak
  60. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of All the wonderful volunteers who make our community stronger
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