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League for Animals & People of the Summit - LAPS
Summit County, Colorado... Since 1990, LAPS has been helping needy people and their companion animals living in Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Heeney, Keystone, Montezuma, Silverthorne, Colorado.

LAPS is the primary local charity working to reduce pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs. Other LAPS charity programs benefit the general welfare of companion animals whose low-income owners are in need of financial assistance with veterinary bills.
Please email LAPS@colorado.net with donations, questions, comments, or concerns.

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League for Animals and People of the Summit (L.A.P.S.) has been proudly serving Summit County, Colorado since 1990 as a registered 501 C-3 non-profit EIN #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 towns of: Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Heeney, Keystone, Montezuma, and Silverthorne. LAPS is not directly associated with the Summit County Animal Shelter, but we do support their spay/neuter program with a generous annual grant from The Summit Foundation. LAPS also sponsors a discount voucher program with our local veterinary offices for spay/neuter. Forms can be picked up at your vet or the Summit County Animal Shelter in Frisco. Funds for LAPS programs are raised through public grants, tax-deductable memberships, charity endowments, companion rememberances, special events, and always very generous donations from our wonderful local business community.

LAPS does not have ANY paid staff members... just a very dedicated board of directors, some fantastic fundraisers, and many loyal event volunteers. LAPS does not pay for advertising, office space, computers and printers, phone lines or internet connections. Office supplies, radio spots, and newspaper articles are graciously provided by local business owners. Unlike other charities, every penny you donate, 100% of our entire operating budget, goes towards LAPS assistance programs.

LAPS membership form! Tax deductible yearly LAPS
membership can be paid through your PayPal account.
You can unsubscribe from PayPal annual membership donation at:

LAPS membership levels

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

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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

Everyone is encouraged to participate in LAPS by attending or volunteering at one of our several annual dog-friendly charity events. With only one dog park in Summit County, these dog-friendly community gatherings are especially important for socializing our loyal companions. 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. Please come have some good fun with others, for a great cause.

LAPS annual charity event schedule - please join us for some fun every year at...

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. 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 benefit 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 is held in late June with a date not scheduled yet for 2015

Copper Mountain Goes to the Dogs was a happening event on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Copper Mountain Resort and included lots of dog-friendly FUN and benefits LAPS. We are not sure this is happening in 2015, but go ahead and email if you would like to possibly volunteer and we will update you after Copper Mt. confirms this event for 2015. 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!

Canine 4K Run/Walk our 25th annual signature event will be held Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Save time and pre-register online with EventBrite for the 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 25th annual, will be held Saturday, August 1st at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo on Main Street. Well over 190 delighted dogs and plenty of happy humans from all over the world participate for a good cause, raising almost $15,000 each year! Please bring the family and help L.A.P.S. celebrate 25 years of helping locals and their pets! 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 the 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 1st, 2015.

Dillon Marina Mutt Show will be held Labor Day, Monday, September 7th 2015

Dillon Marina Mutt Show   Dillon Marina Mutt Show

Dillon Marina Mutt Show is a FREE family-friendly dog-centric event hosted by the Town of Dillon at the Marina on Lake Dillon this Labor Day, Monday, September 7th 2015. Registration starts at 12:00 noon and the show starts at 2:00 pm. Dog lovers unite in an afternoon of family friendly fun as dog owners show off their companions and compete in costume for prizes. All proceeds benfit the League of Animal and People of the Summit L.A.P.S., so please join us for some fun in sun alongside Lake Dillon this Labor Day. Great prizes and contests!

3rd Annual HOWLaween Ball will be held the evening of Friday, October 30th, 2015

Howlaween Ball - 3rd Annual on October 30th   Howlaween Ball - 3rd Annual on October 30th   Howlaween Ball - 3rd Annual on October 30th

Our Annual HOWLaween Ball has proven to be a huge success at the Silverthorne Pavilion and this year, it falls on the night before Halloween. Well over 300 people attend our now famous "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 benefit 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. Visit HOWLaween Ball website for great pictures from the 2013-14 event!

Pet Photos with Santa and the Grinch will be held Saturday, November 14th, 2015

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

Pet Photos with Santa and the Grinch is coming again on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 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 Pet Photos with Santa and the Grinch held on Saturday, November 14th, 2015.

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!

MARDI PAWS BARKUS costume parade was held Saturday, February 14th, 2015

NEW! Mardipaws Barkus Parade in Frisco Colorado February 14, 2015

Mardipaws Barkus Parade inspired by the Bacchus Parade in New Orleans, came to Frisco Saturday, February 14th, 2015 with its own version for our four-legged friends! LAPS and The Lost Cajun Restaurant, located in Frisco and Breckenridge, 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 a "Belinda's Valentine" to commemorate the late Belinda Griffin, who inspired this event. Join us for the parade, judging, games and refreshments from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 14th, 2015. Event day registration starts at 3 p.m. if you miss the online registration. Enjoy listening to the festive Mardi Gras music, while you sip the New Belgium beer or wine, hot Abbey's coffee or hot chocolate during Yappy Hour. The Lost Cajun is donating their delicious gumbo and beignets and we are planning on selling our own version of bottled Doggie Beer too! Make the most of our Mardipaws event by participating in games, doggie socializing, and photo opportunities. Professional photographer, Emily of Keeping Composure Photography will catch you and your pooch for a Kodak moment that you can retrieve online. Even if you don't have a mutt or just want to come join the fun as a spectator, you can buy tokens for the gumbo and drinks. Each paid registration gets a Mardi Gras bandana, beads, dog treats and a token for one bowl of free gumbo and a beignet and you can buy more tokens at the event. All proceeds benefit L.A.P.S. programs. 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 (must be received by February 10th). Bring your best Valentine...furry or otherwise!

Categories for costume prizes:

King of the Cajuns
Queen of Romp

Knight of the Food Table
Baroness of Bark
Belinda's Valentine

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

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 2015. Annually held at the Nordic Center on Breckenridge Golf Course Gold Run Nordic Center, DogTerra is not scheduled for 2015, 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!

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
This easy to search website lists adoptable animals from all over the USA and Canada.

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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
L.A.P.S.      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