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League for Animals & People of the Summit - LAPS
Summit County, Colorado... Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Heeney, Keystone, Montezuma, Silverthorne

The primary function of LAPS is reducing pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs in Summit County. Our other charity programs benefit the general welfare of companion animals whose low-income owners are in need of financial assistance.
Please email LAPS@colorado.net with any questions and concerns.

Proudly serving Summit County, Colorado since 1990, the League for Animals and People of the Summit (L.A.P.S.) is a registered 501 C-3 non-profit #84-1157625. LAPS raises funds to support a variety of assistance programs for companion animals of low income families living or working in Summit County, Colorado (Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Heeney, Keystone, Montezuma, Silverthorne). While not directly associated with the Summit County Animal Shelter, we do support their spay/neuter program with a generous grant from The Summit Foundation. LAPS also sponsors a discount voucher (for spay/neuter only) that can be picked up at the County Animal Shelter in Frisco. Funds for LAPS programs come from your annual tax-deductable memberships, seasonal special events, public grants, personal endowments, and generous donations from our wonderful local business community.

LAPS does not have ANY paid staff or board members, just some very dedicated volunteers. Every penny donated, 100% of our budget, goes towards the cause. No office space is rented, no computers purchased, and no printers or phone lines other than those provided at no charge by board members.

Everyone is encouraged to participate by volunteering for annual charity events and attending monthly board meetings. Please email us at LAPS@colorado.net and help in our mission to care for Summit County companion animals in need. We truly appreciate your generous contributions over the years and look forward to seeing you at our next charity event. Bring your companion to our next "dog friendly" family event and have some good fun with others, for a great cause.

LAPS membership form! Tax deductible yearly LAPS
membership can be paid through your PayPal account.
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LAPS membership levels

Tax deductible donations, endowments, and companion
animal rememberances can be made with credit card...

LAPS programs supported by your generous donations:
Adopted animal shelter companion spay/neuter assistance
Veterinary discount vouchers for spay/neuter of your pet
Low income medical assistance for companion animals
And our two privately endowed funds...
'Chappy Fund' for assistance with abused pets
'Cheyenne Fund' for pets with life-shortening illness

LAPS annual charity event schedule - please join us for some fun every year at...
Canine 4K Run/Walk, our 24th annual, will be held Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Save time and pre-register online with EventBrite for this year's L.A.P.S. Canine 4K event!

Summit County Colorado - League for Animals and People of the Summit - L.A.P.S. - Frisco Colorado summer dog event

Canine 4K Run/Walk, our 24th annual, will be held Saturday, August 2nd at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo on Main Street. Well over 190 delighted dogs and plenty of happy humans from all over the world participated last year for a good cause, raising almost $15,000! Please bring the family and participate in this worthy dog-friendly event! It is always filled with vendors handing out free product samples, local canine specialists providing special services, fun doggie contests, cool door prizes, HUGE silent auction, and a charity 4K race that you can walk or run and win prizes. Registration starts at 8:00 A.M. and the race starts at 9:15 A.M. Save time and pre-register online with EventBrite for this year's L.A.P.S. Canine 4K event! Or click here for the registration form to mail in or bring with you the day of the event: Saturday, August 2, 2014.

WELCOME to our meetings!
LAPS board members meet at 6:00 pm on the third Thursday of every month at Abbey's Coffee in Frisco on Main Street next to BackCountry Brewery. Please join us as a member of L.A.P.S. or just come to the meeting to get aquainted. Energetic, involved people are always needed to serve as board members and to help with special events around Summit County. LAPS events you can volunteer for and bring your dog in Summit County include: Dog Terra, Canine 4K run/walk, and Pet Photos with Santa and Grinch. Let's Go Boating at Dillon Marina benefits LAPS, but dogs can't sail with you. Please join us for some furry family fun and great socializing dog-friendly events.

LAPS is spearheading the effort to get some permanent Summit County DOG PARKS. We need citizens to join committees and attend local government meetings to actively lobby for dog parks in our towns. Please email us at LAPS@colorado.net should you wish to help with this important community effort.

Should you wish to join our free email NEWSLETTER list, please email us at LAPS@colorado.net To help ensure every penny donated in these tough economic times goes directly towards companions and their people in need, we have curtailed mailing printed copies of the LAPS newsletter to save on postage and paper.

Slideshow of photos from our 2011 Canine 4-K event

2nd Annual HOWLaween Ball will be held the evening of Friday, October 24th, 2014

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The 1st Annual HOWLaween Ball was a huge success at the Silverthorne Pavilion, with this year's scheduled for the evening of Friday, October 24th, 2014. Well over 300 people attended last year's "Eat, Drink and Be Scary" costume party for "21 & Over" with cash bar, free appetizers, live DJ, dancing, prizes for best costumes, and a HUGE Silent Auction. All proceeds benefited four of our local animal non-profits: LAPS, Swan Center Outreach, Animal Rescue of the Rockies, and Far View Horse Rescue. Made possible by the generosity of the Town of Silverthorne and many local businesses, we look forward to seeing you in costume this year. Please visit the HOWLaween Ball website for great pictures from the 2013 event!

Pet Photos with Santa and the Grinch will be held Saturday, November 15th, 2014

LAPS dog friendly charity events in Summit County Colorado (Frisco, Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Dillon, Copper Mountain, Keystone)

Pet Photos with Santa and the Grinch will be held Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at the Frisco Historic Park Chapel on Main Street from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. A professional photographer from Keeping Composure: Photography by Emily Schmutz will give you a beautifully finished photo selection or a photo CD for an extra $10 to create your most unique Christmas card ever! There are two background settings: a historic Chapel or an outside scene, complete with a sleigh and you can choose to sit with Santa and/or the Grinch OR just have a low cost Holiday family portrait done! All proceeds benefit LAPS. Click here for details on our Pet Photos with Santa and the Grinch to be held on Saturday, November 15th, 2014.

LAPS Santa Paws program donation form

SANTA PAWS donation bins are available in all local pet stores, veterinarian offices, the Frisco Animal Shelter, and the Frisco Welcome Center on Main Street by early December. Every year, LAPS collects toys, treats, and pet supplies for our less fortunate companion animals in Summit County and last year, we teamed up with the Silverthorne Police Department in their Angel program and saw a lot of happy and surprised looks on the faces of all those recipients. Please visit one of those locations to drop off a gift during the Holidays.

If you or someone you know is having a tough time providing holiday gifts for their pets, please make a copy of our Santa Paws Donation form, fill it out, and mail (or email) to LAPS by December 14th. We will do our best to distribute gifts before Christmas to pets on the donation forms, limited to a first come, first served basis. Please help LAPS put one of those delightful smiles on the face of someone's deserving pet this holiday season!

Mardipaws Barkus costume parade was Saturday, March 1st, 2014 and TBA in 2015

NEW! Mardipaws Barkus Parade in Frisco Colorado March 1st, 2014

Mardipaws Barkus Parade, inspired by the Bacchus Parade in New Orleans, comes to Frisco Saturday, March 1st, 2014 with its own version for our four-legged friends! LAPS and The Lost Cajun Restaurant, located at 204 Main Street Frisco, are combining forces to create a costume parade for dogs and their families. The parade will travel from 2nd street, down to 7th along the sidewalk and back up the other side of the street for a full viewing of the colorful canines and their entourage. Prizes will be awarded for Dogs in costumes only, for a King and Queen along with a full court of winners. There will also be specialty categories, including a "Best in Pink Pooch" and "Belinda's Pink Wild Card" to highlight those that either did the Romp to Stomp or who just want to support finding a cure for breast cancer. Join us for the parade, judging, games and refreshments from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. Event day registration starts at 2 p.m. should you miss the online registration. Enjoy listening to the local Summit High School Jazz Band as they warm up to lead off the parade. Make the most of our Mardipaws event by participating in games, doggie socializing, and photo opportunities. Click here for online pre-registration to this fun-filled charity event. Or you can click here to print a pre-registration form and mail in a check by February 22nd.

Categories for costume prizes:
King of the Cajuns
Queen of Romp
Jester with Jaws

Knight of the Food Table
Duchess of Diva
Baroness of Bark
Diamond Dog
Best in Pink Pooch
Belinda's Pink Wild Card
Best "Float" non-motorized sled or wagon
  that must be able to fit on sidewalk

Let's Go Boating, annual sailing event is the weekend of June 13th and 14th, 2015

Lets Go Boating at the Dillon Colorado Marina charity event for LAPS

Let's Go Boating, our popular annual sailing and boating event, will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th, 2015 at the Dillon, Colorado Marina. Please note this event is NOT on Father's Day weekend anymore, so as to avoid conflicts with other events. For details on how you and your family can participate this year in our relaxing event click here! NO DOGS are allowed on the boats, but 100% of all proceeds benefits L.A.P.S. and the needy pets of Summit County. Enjoy a 45 minute cruise around beautiful Lake Dillon in either a captained sailboat or pontoon boat for less than half the price you would pay elsewhere on Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th, 2015.

Copper Mountain Goes to the Dogs was held Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Copper Mountain Goes to the Dogs was a happening event on Saturday, June 28th at Copper Mountain Resort and included lots of dog-friendly FUN and benefits LAPS... so check out the link below that has all the info on schedules, races, activities and registration and then bring Muttley out to play with us next year. Volunteers are needed for course marshals, water stations, set up, registration and golf cart drivers. Please email LAPS@colorado.net to sign up as a volunteer for the 2015 event! Give me your email address and phone number that I can give to Copper Mountain to contact you and tell me what time/job you would like to volunteer for. For full details, right down to 'where to park' go to: Copper Mountain Goes to the Dogs. Here's a list of the activities for the day at Copper: 5K & 10K Trail Races with Prizes, Dock Diving, Cani-Cross with our very own Louisa Morrissey of High Country Dogs, Scooter-joring, Yappy Hour with Animal Planet's Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, Off Leash Play area, Copper Mt. Ski Patrol Avalanche Dogs Demos, Live music with local Mike Woodard, Vendor Village, and Free doggie treats. Hope to see all of you there!

DogTerra event was traditionally held in early March at the Gold Run Nordic Center

DogTerra at the Breckenridge Colorado Gold Run Nordic Center Saturday in early March charity event for LAPS

DogTerra, our signature dog-friendly winter event, will not be held in 2014. Annually held at the Nordic Center on Breckenridge Golf Course Gold Run Nordic Center located at Highway 9 and Tiger Run Road. DogTerra is not scheduled for 2014, but LAPS is not counting it out for the future. Dogs having a great time in the snow for a wonderful cause, with prizes for top finishers and door prizes too! A fun-filled dog-friendly winter-time outdoor event with ski joring, snowshoe romps, frisbee/chuck-it catch matches, Flyball feats, agility courses, and free gourmet doggie treats from Trail Dog Treats and Zuke's!


Our very special thanks goes out to the good folks at The Mountain Flying Fish restaurant in Breckenridge for their continuous donations from daily specials to benefit L.A.P.S.
Please stop by to enjoy their delicious sushi and seafood and say Hello from L.A.P.S.!

Summit County Animal Shelter
Find a new friend or volunteer to help socialize cats, dogs, bunnies and ferrets waiting for adoption
American Society for the Prevent of Cruelty to Animals
Animal Poison Control Center with prevention and treatment advice from the A.S.P.C.A
BestFriends Animal Society
Exotic animal care tips and "getting started with a pet" articles from this Utah based sanctuary
PetHarbor.com
This easy to search website lists adoptable animals from all over the USA and Canada.

High speed connection? Click on underlined links for hundreds of event photos!
LAPS DogTerra event photos from: 2005  2006  2007  2010
LAPS Canine 4K event photos from: 2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011
click here for last year's Canine 4K race results and finish times

Home Page link - League for Animals and People of the Summit (L.A.P.S.) LAPS

Please email LAPS@colorado.net with any questions and concerns.
Letters and charitable donations can be mailed to our post office box:
League for Animals and People of the Summit
"LAPS"      P.O. Box 2512      Frisco, CO  80443

The Summit County Animal Shelter in Frisco has a website
and can be reached by phone at 970-668-3230 Mon-Sat
9am-5:30pm in Frisco, behind the Senior Center