As the holidays approach, we look forward to
during this joyful time of year. Feel free to dress your
dog or cat for the season. A ruffled collar, Santa hat, or
other holiday wear will help your pet celebrate the
holidays. The residents and patients will enjoy seeing
their little visitors in their holiday outfits!
The January-May, 2009 schedule is now on the
website www.visitingpetprogram.org. Please note that
due to Mardi Gras parades, holidays, and special
events, such as the VPP Annual Picnic, visit dates for
many facilities have been changed.
Be sure to consult the schedule for your visiting
dates! We need to know your plans for each individual
month. You can confirm your visit schedule using the
on -line confirmation form (members only page) or
email your confirmations to email@example.com
or fax to 504-324-0963 or call 504 432 8349.
Thank you for your commitment to VPP and
the community. I hope you and your beloved pet
wonderful winter-spring visiting season.
Schedule for Spring 2010
To Claire to schedule your visits
To the web site
Pet Program web site
|Message from the President
The Visiting Pet Program is extremely
announce we are the recipient of a $3500
the New Orleans Red Dress Run sponsored by the
New Orleans Hash House Harriers. For those of
who don't know, the New Orleans Red Dress Run is
one of the largest Red Dress Runs in the United
States. http://nolareddress.com It is is
hosted by The
New Orleans Hash House Harriers (NOH3) which
local kennel (chapter) of The Hash House
http://neworleanshash.tripod.com The NOH3
describe themselves as "A Drinking Club with a
Running Problem". The New Orleans Red Dress Run
is not affiliated with any specific charity,
contributes to several charities.
The "New Orleans Red Dress Run sponsored by the
New Orleans Hash House Harriers" funded some
very deserving organizations this year and
was fortunate enough to be included in that
VPP member Judilyn Schneider was instrumental in
introducing the Visiting Pet Program to the New
Orleans Red Dress Run. In October Judilyn and I
attended the New Orleans Red Dress Run Volunteer
Party at the 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans.
party, NOH3 awarded checks to the grantees and
honored the organizations they were able to
with this year's proceeds from the Red Dress Run
sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House
Harriers. The list of organizations was
and I am honored the VPP was included.
Thanks so much to the Red Dress Run sponsored by
the New Orleans Hash House Harriers for this
|VPP at Delgado Animal Expo
The Visiting Pet Program was well
represented at the annual Delgado Animal Expo in
October. Volunteers Patty Spampneto, Ellen
Kim Carlson, Kevin Hand, Dawn Hagmann and Gayle
Kroeger all helped spread the word about the
Animal Assisted Therapy.
The event fell just before our fall
orientation, offering a
golden opportunity to invite people to the
Volunteers also sold our fabulous 2010
Over 600 people attended the event and many
stopped by our booth.
Our thanks to Fay Schultz for offering to
take on the
effort of organizing the booth an volunteers.
Another job really well done!
|VPP Member Gets Recognition
Under the leadership of VPP member Danna
Morris, the Department of Information
Telecommunications of Kenner has continued to
and is credited with not only saving Kenner
$100,000 a year on phone services alone, but
with improving the city's technology, emails and
organization improvements, including working
Kenner Police Department to connect the city
police department to a single communications
City of Kenner Mayor Ed Muniz says the Department
of Information Technology has been a
tremendous success, not only in saving
money but also in creating systems that
the city of Kenner owns in perpetuity.
Morris said her department has
worked to improve productivity by
better managing technologies such as
Congratulations to Danna. We are all proud of
Keep up the good work!
|Visiting Pet Program 2010 Calendars For Sale
I wanted to remind everyone about the 2010
Pet Program calendars we are selling. The
are our only fundraising effort this year.
Since it is
December, I'm sure everyone is thinking about
gifts. These calendars will make a great
gift: one size
fits all, easy to wrap, perfect for a man or
they are just downright cute! These would be
gift for your vet, your groomer, pet sitter
or dog walker.
Actually for anyone that is a pet lover. And
of course we
all need one for the home or office.
Calendars are priced at $15 each. If you buy 4
calendars you get the a 5th calendar Free If
you buy 8
calendars, you get an 9th and 10th calendar Free.
Please contact any of the following to purchase
calendars: Claire Sommers at
firstname.lastname@example.org; Pam Bellone at
email@example.com; Lee Gaffney at
firstname.lastname@example.org; Malay Hajra at
email@example.com and Rebecca Breaud on the
Also, if you want to have a calendar mailed
to a pet
loving friend or family member that lives out
we can take care of that for you. Contact Pam
at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to mail
calendars. There will be an extra fee ($2)
If paying by check make the check out to
Program, cash is also accepted. You can also
Thanks so much and Happy shopping.
A donation was received
in memory of
Lee and Tommy Gaffney
Alison Cook's Greyhound,Betty.
A donation was received
in memory of The Duplesis
Lee and Tommy Gaffney
Connie Back's boxer,Stella.
A donation was received fromMina Lea
in memory of Ralph
and Peter Tiskis' dog,
|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, January 9th, 2010
Harahan Senior Center
Hyland to register at email@example.com
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