September brought us our annual fall Pet/Handler
Evaluation. We evaluated 35 dogs and 2 cats. We
accepted 28 dogs and 2 cats. Of the 35 dogs,
dogs were given Not Ready and one Not
We took in 11 new volunteers. Eight current
had new dogs evaluated. Be sure to read about
everyone in our Meet the New Volunteers column.
Our Fall visit schedule is posted on the web
site. If you
have not already given me your November and
December visit dates, please do so ASAP. I
know your plans for each individual month.
call me at 866-2532, email at
email@example.com, or fax me at
or use the on -line confirmation form.
Be sure to check it out on the "schedules"
page of the
Thank you for your commitment to VPP and
the community. I hope you and your beloved pet
wonderful visiting season in the fall.
Schedule for Fall 2009
To Joyce to schedule your visits
To the web site
Pet Program web site
|Message from the President
I want to say a Big Thank You to all of
Pet Program volunteers that have renewed their
membership for another year. The VPP is
to have such great volunteers (2 & 4 legged)
Love and Leaving Smiles" to residents in nursing
homes and patients in hospitals.
In addition, I would like to extend a sincere
all of the new volunteers that just completed
evaluation in September. You might get a
meet some of these new volunteers as they attend
their probationary visits. Please join us in
them feel welcome.
The other thing I want to mention is... let's
all make a
good impression. Sometimes when we have been
doing things for awhile, we let some of the
I know I have been guilty of this at times.
But that's just
between you and me, don't let anyone else
The new volunteers have recently attended
Pet/Handler Workshop and received their training
manual. The training manual covers expected
appearance and behavior of pets and people,
10-15 minutes early to allow the pet to become
comfortable with the surroundings and to meet
other dogs, proper dog greetings, picking up
dog, as well as room, hallway and doorway
If you are like me and you always visit the same
facility, with the same people, with the same
get used to everybody and they get used to
the addition of new members and their pets,
all of us
need to be aware of our behavior. It would be
we could all give the new members good role
I am looking forward to another year of
visiting and am
happy that all of you will be visiting right
|Meet the New Volunteers
Aimee Bonomolo with Rebel, the
Mix. Aimee is employed with Morgan Stanley.
interest in the VPP is first-hand as a member
family is a resident of Malta Park and loves
visits. Rebel loves to say hello to everyone
paw and has a calm disposition.
Debra Depp with Precious, the Maltese.
enjoys entertaining and being with her
family. She and
Precious enjoy walks in the neighborhood and
meeting people. Precious weighs 13 pounds and
loves to be held.
Kelly Fay with Smokey, Lab/Corgi Mix.
not only a New Orleans firefighter, she is
registered nurse. When time permits she loves to
hike, run and knit. She volunteers as an
taker at a local shelter. Smokey loves people
and is a
unique dog. He has been influential in
foster kittens, from bottle babies on up. He
Brenda Hardin with Honey, the Maltese.
Brenda is a student at Delgado and is
Brooke Temp. Services. She is an artist who also
enjoys gardening and dancing. Honey loves to
sit on a
lap and be petted. Both Brenda and Honey are
with a nursing home setting due to visiting a
Meri Krepps with Dasher, the Italian
Greyhound. Meri is an active volunteer with
Meri and Dasher love to meet people and the
Tuesday Morning love their visits. Dasher is
dog and interacts well with everyone.
Shawn McCreary with Lola, the Golden
Retriever. Shawn recently moved to Metairie from
Orlando. She has volunteered with Freedom
riding program for the disabled. She is
active in her
daughter's school and 4-H. Lola loves belly
loves to do tricks. Lola is very comfortable
public and traveling as she has accompanied the
family to horse shows for many years.
Terry Miller with Jolie,the Standard
Poodle. Terry is the practice administrator for a
forensic psychologist. She has also
and coordinated volunteer programs for many
organizations throughout the US including
nursing homes and VA Rehab Centers. Jolie is
extremely gentle and fun-loving. From an
Jolie has interacted with children and
Jennifer Mueller with Chloe, the
and Mattie, the Dachshund. Jennifer is a Biology
teacher at Northshore High School in Slidell.
experienced additional insight on the
benefits of pet
therapy while working with the Zoomobile for
homebound patients. Chloe and Mattie are both
affectionate and love to be petted. They also
Kathline Malone with Cayanne, the Golden
Retriever. Kathline is a claims adjuster for
Insurance. She is active with Junior League.
likes Yappy hour, going for walks and meeting
Waynette Norman with Lulu, the Beagle.
Waynette is a retired medical technologist and
volunteers with the SPCA and Best Friends.
enjoys painting and reading. Lulu is calm and
friendly. She loves going to the Farmers
Mary-Elizabeth Paltron with Beulah, Mixed
Breed. Mary-Elizabeth is an attorney for the
& Water Board. She is a volunteer at St.
Assisi Church as well as with a neighborhood
Beulah was adopted by Mary-Elizabeth when her
previous owner died five years ago. Beulah is
and loves to be petted.
Pam Pearce with Lucy, the Golden
Retriever. Pam recently moved back home and
Mandeville to be closer to her parents. She
her home. Lucy is outgoing and loves it when Pam
arranges a play date with a neighbor's dog.
walks in the neighborhood.
Joan Rey with Sueling, the Shih Tzu.
Joan is a
retired registered nurse. Her many volunteer
include Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful,
garden clubs. Sueling loves being petted. She is
always ready to meet family members and new
Ginell Roper with Tatoo, the
Mix. Ginell is currently taking medical
classes. She is a member of HSUS. Tatoo is
and loves attention. He is affectionate and
ready to meet new people.
Diane Staples with McKenzie (Mac), the
Weimaraner. Diane has a degree in Speech
and has worked in many settings, including
and nursing homes. Her hobbies include gardening
and knitting. Mac is very calm, good
loves to go to Petsmart, picnics and Barkus.
Tere Walsh with Yaeger, the
Terrier. Tere is a registered nurse at
in Slidell in the surgical recovery room. Her
hobbies include gardening, crafts and baking.
is very social and loves people. He likes to
enjoys visits to Petsmart and parks.
Vicki Vega with Mimi, the Mix Breed.
works for an Italian oil company where she runs
economics on exploration prospects and
development projects. Her hobbies include
with stained glass and she enjoys reading.
Mimi is a
happy dog and loves to sit on your lap. Mimi
along very well with other dogs
CURRENT VOLUNTEERS ADD PETS
Rebecca Breaud with Lily Beth, the
Retriever. Rebecca, a retired teacher, is
training dogs. Rebecca is active with the VPP
looking forward to visiting facilities on the
with Lily Beth. Lily Beth is lovable, gentle and
extremely friendly. She loves to go to the
Jerry Gibel with Tancuj, the Slovensky
Cuvac. Jerry has retired after thirty five
industry. He acquired Tancuj from a breeder in
Slovakia. Tancuj is friendly and will make
with her outgoing manner. She loves people and
playing with other pets.
Dr. Adrie Voors' dogs,Boo Boo
in loving memory of
Nell Lipscpmb's retired dog,
A donation was received fromHelen
in memory of her cat,
A donation was
in loving memory of
Nell Lipscomb's dog,
of Reginald Salisbury.
A donation was received fromPatricia and
in memory of Carrie
A donation was received fromMina Lea
in memory of John Ward's and
Les Gaudeau's dog,
A donation was received from
Lee and Tom
in memory of Ethan Lae's
A donation was received fromMina Lea
in memory of Henry and Diane
A donation was received fromLee and Tom
in memory of
Ruth Anne Davison
|About the Visiting Pet Program
The Visiting Pet Program
is an all
(C)(3) non-profit animal assisted therapy
organization serving Orleans, Jefferson and St.
For the past 22 years, the volunteers of the
lived up to their motto of "Bringing Love and
Smiles" to the residents of nursing homes and
Our literacy project, Reading
offers young readers the opportunity to practice
their reading aloud skills to the gentle therapy
If you would like to make a donation to
the Visiting Pet Program, please click on the
below or mail your check to 5831 S. Johnson
New Orleans, LA 70125. Please note if your
is in memory of a person or a pet. We will be
to send an acknowledgment of your donation to the
family. Please include the name and address
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.
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
2:00 pm to 4:00
Harahan Senior Center
to register at
Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Harahan Senior Center
to register at
if you would like to have an
Reading To Rover
On the East Bank
Held on the third Tuesday of each
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
Events are now being planned in conjunction
STAIR program. Please contact Fay for
times and locations
Contact Fay Schultz
to confirm your slot at any of these
Saturday, October 17
from 11am to 4pm
campus. Admission to this event is free and
the public. VPP will have a booth at the event.
Questions? Call Lee Gaffney at 671-5640