All Volunteer Organization
Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)
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.
Fall 2021 Update
So much has happened in recent months and we are excited that facility doors are reopening.
The volunteers of Loving Animals Providing Smiles and Mini Hooves Providing Smiles are fully vaccinated against Covid, we have additional safety and disinfecting protocols that address the latest health issues, and our teams have learned new skills to help their pets and those we meet have comfortable interactions.
Our recorded videos for retirement facilities and Zoom reading sessions have continued throughout the year. Now LAPS and MHPS are carefully returning to in-person sessions at selected locations, and with the support of facility staff, we are reconnecting with friends. The long overdue visits are filled with smiles, stories, and laughter – – truly heartwarming.
LAPS and MHPS are also focused on training and testing new teams who are ready to share their love and time with others. For teams whose training class was postponed due to the 2020 Shelter-in-Place, LAPS is completing their session in September 2021. For new teams, LAPS is hoping to offer training classes and team evaluations in early 2022. MHPS has scheduled training and testing in October and November 2021. Our goal is to have additional qualified, skilled and prepared handlers and pets available.
LAPS and MHPS are ready to work with more communities and facilities to renew the power of the human-animal bond. With our pet partners by our sides, we will continue to do this with safety, kindness, joy and appreciation in our hearts and minds.
Please keep up with our activities via Facebook. LAPS and MHPS eagerly look forward to the time when we can be together again in person, sharing hugs, smiles, and stories. Until then, we look forward to connecting online and with social distance.
Thank you for your continued support !
Marilane BergfeltLAPS President and Co-Founder
Interested in getting started in Animal-Assisted Therapy with your mini-horse or mini-donkey? Mini Hooves Providing Smiles will be holding a AAT Handling Skills class in October and November. See the download pdf in the downloads section below.