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Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS) is an all-volunteer organization of well-trained, registered animal-assisted therapy teams. Each team is made up of one handler with one animal. Our goal is to enrich the lives of our clients and improve their overall well being.

What makes LAPS different from other Animal-Assisted Therapy groups is our belief that all types of animals are beneficial to clients, and that multiple teams performing skilled animal-assisted therapy together create additional opportunities for the therapeutic process.


Angel Tobey

Purdue University

Location Napa, CA
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Birds
  3. Cats
  4. Dogs
  5. Handling
  6. Horses
  7. Llamas.
  8. Pigs
  9. rabbits
  10. Teams
  11. therapeutic interactions
  12. therapy animals
  13. training programs