Associate Member

Loving Animals Providing Smiles welcomes Associate Members who support our organization's goals and wish to donate time to the group. These individuals need not be certified therapy handlers.

Our Goals

  1. To bring animal-assisted therapy to people in various settings (schools, nursing facilities, hospitals, care homes, etc.)
  2. To increase public awareness of the positive effects of animals on health and human development
  3. To train, evaluate, and register animal-assisted therapy teams to increase the number of teams in the community

Associate Members do not pay dues nor are they subject to any requirements other than supporting our Volunteer Values:

  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Quality

We are looking for community members who have some time to lend a hand to:

  • keep our organization running smoothly
  • expand our fund raising efforts
  • improve our name recognition
  • help us educate the public on the benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy programs

If you can help, please print the Application for Associate Membership and return it to us. One of our volunteers will contact you soon.

Thank you for your interest and support of Loving Animals Providing Smiles.


Loving Animals Providing Smiles is an all-volunteer organization. We have no staff, no office and minimal equipment. We never charge facilities or clients for our services, and our volunteers pay all of their own expenses: registration, transportation, pet grooming.

We have been helping children and adults in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties for over sixteen years. We conduct multiple testing days each year to register teams so they can begin or continue animal-assisted therapy activities. In addition, many teams who train with us are not LAPS teams and travel from other parts of the Bay Area and Northern California for classes.

If you would like to support our efforts to bring quality animal-assisted therapy services to deserving clients, we welcome monetary donations of any amount. LAPS is a 501(c)(3) public charity Your donations are tax-deductible according to your individual tax situation.

We acknowledge all donations with a personal note.

Please print the Donation Form and indicate if this donation is “In honor of” or “In memory of” a special person or pet, and if you would like an acknowledgement sent to a third party.

Thank you for your support of Loving Animals Providing Smiles and our volunteer efforts to improve the lives of others.

Loving Animals Providing Smiles is a registered cause with These two websites provide ways you can help Loving Animals Providing Smiles raise much-needed funds without any out-of-pocket cost.

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Every time you shop at any of 680+ online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits Loving Animals Providing Smiles. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales.

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And when you search the web, do it through where each search means a penny (or more!) for LAPS!

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Install the iSearchiGive toolbar and never miss an opportunity to generate a donation to LAPS when you shop online. The toolbar will let you know when you enter a participating store’s website and will show you the percentage that store will donate. You can also use the toolbar to enter the “mall” and search for your desired item by store or by donation percentage.

Click here for a listing of all the participating online merchants.

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Established in 1997, iGive is the first online shopping mall where a portion of each purchase benefits the shopper’s favorite cause. iGive members have raised over $3.5 million for charities across the U.S. and Canada, and this small army of caring shoppers have become an influential force in the internet marketplace. Over 700 of the web's best stores have come to recognize the value of iGive shoppers, and this allows iGive to negotiate some of the best donation rates and exclusive coupons for its members. As an added bonus, when you shop through iGive you always have the extra support of their highly responsive customer service team, just in case something goes amiss.

Amazon Promotions

Amazon has a couple of different promotions that contribute to LAPS. 

The first is the eScrip Program. You do not have to be an eScrip member. All your qualifying Amazon purchases will donate 2.4% to LAPS. To access, click on the "Amazon Shop Now" button above.  For more information, download the "Amazon and eScrip FAQ" on the right.

You can also earn money for LAPS through iGive and AmazonSmile. Shopping at Amazon through iGive automatically links you to donates .5%, iGive donates .8% via iGive resulting in a total of 1.3%. You can see more information at Are AmazonSmile and iGive the same?

Grocery Cards

Loving Animals Providing Smiles is registering with as many of the grocery store and other eScrip-types of programs as we can.

We are currently enrolled with:

  • “S.H.A.R.E.S.” card with Lucky, FoodMax, SaveMart
  • “eScrip” program with many local and national retailers (Group I.D. 500022372)

These programs give 1-3% of your total purchases to our group.

Again, this is at no cost to the shopper.

This is a way for you to donate some funds to LAPS while doing your everyday grocery shopping

Please contact us so that we can get you a card for your favored store, or figure out the easiest way for you to designate LAPS on your existing card.

Another “invisible” donation can be found in your credit card “Bonus Points.” You may be able to directly designate LAPS as a recipient of your credit card bonuses via eScrip, or you might consider simply cashing in your points for dollars and then making a separate, tax-deductible cash donation to LAPS.

In the Napa-Vallejo area, watch for information on “Dine and Donate” days at local restaurants to benefit LAPS. This is a popular way for restaurants to support nonprofit groups. We hope to schedule these special days from time-to-time.

Thank you again for supporting Loving Animals Providing Smiles as we continue our volunteer efforts.