Volunteers' Voice News for and about the Visiting Pet Program
August 2008 Volume 8, Issue 1

It's August and we are entering our 22nd year of service! Amazing! And an achievement for us all to be quite proud!

Our official visits begin again on September 6th. If you haven't already done so, please get your signed contract and dues check to me ASAP. If your pet's VPP Health Form/rabies vaccination has expired, and you have not provided the updated VPP Health Form, please fax to me at 866-8920. We want everyone on board and ready to go for September.

The September through December schedules are now available on the web site. Please confirm your schedule with me by August 20th.

Remember...1 month = 1 visit. By May, at the very least, you should have completed 9 visits. Want to do more? Just give me a call. We can always use the extra help.

Welcome aboard for another wonderful year of "bringing love and leaving smiles".

Program Coordinator

Quick Links
Visit Schedule for Fall 2008

To Joyce to schedule your visits

To the web site
Visiting Pet Program web site

In This Issue
  • Canine Campers
  • North Shore Camping
  • Welcome Aboard

  • Canine Campers

    See that smile?
    That's what it's all about!

    A camper at Camp SummerTribe/Krewe de Camp enjoys the thrill of a snuggle with Mozart.

    Once again this summer, our dogs and handlers were eager to be of service to area summer camps.

    First on the list was LSU Medical School's Camp Tiger, put on by the medical school students for children with special needs. On the last Friday in May, hundreds of children and camp counselors filled the grounds of City Park eagerly awaiting the arrival of the therapy dogs. Volunteers offering their services were Cathy Burch, Julie Chalmers, Leslie Davis, Gayle Kroeger, Dot McIntyre, Kim Pizzo, Claire Sommers, Joy Sturtevant, Linda Wegmann and Donna and Greg West. Many of these volunteers took time off from their jobs to make the special effort to attend this memorable event.

    Volunteer Barbara Hyland and her Greyhound, Penny, participated in the LA/SPCA's Care Cadet Camp. The VPP team gave an educational presentation to the young campers to explain to them exactly what therapy visits are all about and why they serve a very important purpose. Following their training, the Care Cadets will serve as volunteers at the shelter and may also make an appearance at an upcoming VPP evaluation.

    North Shore Camping

    Camp Summer Tribe participants from left to right:
    Joy Sturtevant and Oban, Barbara Hyland and Penny, Donna West and Ellie, Greg West and Sassy, Fay Schultz and Mozart, and Linda Wegmann and Maxx. Missing from photo is Ellen Goldring and Lucy Jane.

    Crossing over to the North Shore, our pets participated in Camp Summer Tribe, also known as Krewe de Camp, a 7 day residential camp for children with Cerebral Palsy and other similar conditions. VPP volunteers Ellen Goldring, Barbara Hyland, Fay Schultz, Joy Sturtevant, Linda Wegmann, and Donna and Greg West participated in this special visit. Held in Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, this camp annually serves about 50 Louisiana campers, ages six to twenty years old, offering a traditional summer camp experience. A visit from our special pets added a little untraditional flavor.

    As always, our volunteers were exceptionally generous with their time and talents to make sure that campers all over our area had a memorable pet therapy experience.

    Welcome Aboard

    Post-Katrina, your Board of Directors has been functioning without the assistance of two Board members who relocated after the storm. At our last meeting, we decided it was time to fix that situation and welcome two new members.

    Taking over the newsletter duties will be Malay Ghose Hajra. Malay has been an extremely active volunteer for the last two years and is always the first to volunteer for anything. He has extensive newsletter experience, doing a wonderful newsletter for Gulf South Golden Retriever Rescue.

    Danna Morris will also join the team as the new Web Master. Danna and hubby, Mason, have been volunteering with VPP since 2003 and have been active participants at all of our evaluations. Danna's advanced computer skills will be put to good use keeping our web site updated.

    With the resignation of Denise Mehurin (see Four Paw Salute), we went in search for the perfect Reading To Rover Coordinator. With tons of Reading to Rover experience under her belt, volunteer Fay Schultz has agreed to take over that position. Fay has been volunteering with VPP since 2003 and has regularly attended RTR events with dogs JJ and Mozat.

    Please congratulate these exceptional volunteers and thank them for their additional service to our organization. Without dedicated volunteers like Malay, Danna and Fay, there would be no Visiting Pet Program.


    were received from
    Joyce Lashleyand Jill Dolese

    A donation was received from
    Bill and Fay Schultz
    in memory of
    Mrs. Marguerite Howley

    and from
    Leslie Davis
    in memory of
    Timothy and Rachael Paniagua DeMuth's baby daughter
    Leah Alexandra DeMuth

    Donations were given through
    United Way
    Cynthia Orkus
    Nina Bourgeois
    Dawn Hagmann

    A donation was received from
    Fay Schultz
    in honor of the retirement of Gay Korndorffer's dog

    Donations were received
    in loving memory of
    Kevin Gray's Boxer/Bulldog mix
    Laura Williams
    Lee and Tom Gaffney
    and Claire Sommers

    and in memory of
    Brenda Chetta's Toy Poodle
    Claire Sommers

    and from
    Tom and Anne Escobedo
    in memory of their beloved dog

    About the Visiting Pet Program

    The Visiting Pet Program is an all volunteer 501 (C)(3) non-profit animal assisted therapy organization serving Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes.

    For the past 22 years, the volunteers of the VPP have lived up to their motto of "Bringing Love and Leaving Smiles" to the residents of nursing homes and hospitals.

    Our literacy project, Reading to Rover, offers young readers the opportunity to practice their reading aloud skills to the gentle therapy dogs.

    If you would like to make a donation to the Visiting Pet Program, please click on the button below or mail your check to 5831 S. Johnson Street, New Orleans, LA 70125. Please note if your donation is in memory of a person or a pet. We will be happy to send an acknowledgment of your donation to the family. Please include the name and address to send the acknowledgment. Because we are a 501(C)(3) organization, your donation is tax deductible. We are an all volunteer organization. Your donation goes directly to the support of our mission.
    Thank you

    Take Note!


    New Volunteer Orientation

    Saturday, October 25th
    Harahan Senior Center
    100 Elodie
    Pre-registration required
    Contact Joyce Kleinfeldt to register

    Reading To Rover

    On the East Bank
    Held on the third Tuesday of each month
    at the East Bank Regional Library
    4747 W. Napoleon in Metairie

    On the West Bank
    Held on the second Sunday of each month
    2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey
    from 2:00pm-3:00pm

    Events are now being planned in conjunction with the STAIR program. Please contact Fay for upcoming times and locations

    Contact Fay Schultz
    or 504-835-9571
    to confirm your slot at any of these
    Reading To Rover


    to Brenda Chetta,
    who lost her beloved Toy Poodle,
    Lucy was 10 years old and was a Visiting Pet since 2001. Lucy started visiting at Colonial Oaks Living Center, then became a regular visitor at Chateau Living Center.

    and to Kevin Gray,
    who lost his beloved 10 year old blind/deaf Boxer/Bulldog mix,
    Viola and Kevin joined the Visiting Pet Program in 1999. They were regular visitors at Malta Park. Viola and Kevin also visited at Children's Hospital for more than 5 years. Viola retired from the VPP in 2007.

    Both of these wonderful animals will be deeply missed by all whose lives they touched.

    Four Paws Salute

    To VPP member
    Denise Mehurin

    After many years of devoted service, Denise has decided to step down from the Board of Directors as our Special Events Coordinator. In addition to handling all the Reading To Rover responsibilities for the last 3 years, Denise also put together the Hounds 'n Hats event for 3 successful years.
    " I have thoroughly enjoyed being RtR Coordinator and I am honored to have had this opportunity to serve on the Board. The Visiting Pet Program will always be very special to me. Daisy and I will continue to be VPP members." We'll miss you, Denise, but look forward to seeing you and Daisy, in her newest chapeau, on your visits.
    Thank you for a job really well done!

    Quick Links...

    Visiting Pet Program Web site

    Monthly Schedules for Fall 2008

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