Current Programs

Loving Animals Providing Smiles serves a variety of clients in very different settings and locations. New members are encouraged to visit several programs without their pet in order to observe how teams interact with clients and to find the program that best fits the team’s schedule and interests.

All new LAPS teams receive hands-on training prior to meeting clients so they can practice their listening and conversational skills. In addition to the Pet Partners® home study course, LAPS members also receive a manual with extensive guidelines and suggestions for successful interactions with a variety of clients.

This is only a partial listing of our current programs, special request visits and one-on-one sessions are not included. New facilities are added frequently.

To observe a visit, please arrange first with the program coordinator by calling the LAPS at 707 / 265-6642.

Senior Facilities

LAPS teams generally visit ambulatory, well-elderly residents in a common room, although room visits may be requested for residents who are bedridden. more...

Hospitals and Skilled Nursing

The goal of a LAPS team visit in this venue is to relieve stress, give individuals a break from everyday circumstances, and to give encouragement to individuals, their families and even staff. more...

Children & Teen Programs

Additional training and skills for both the handler and pet are generally required for working with special needs children and troubled teens. more...

CAPERS - Children's Reading Program

Children And Pets Enjoy Reading Success is a new LAPS program to provide one-on-one reading assistance to elementary schoolchildren. more...