After a well deserved summer break, we look forward to another busy visiting season. Our regularly scheduled visits will resume in September.
The September-December, 2010 schedule is now on the VPP website, under the Members Only link. Please note that visit dates for some facilities have changed due to the holiday season. Please confirm your schedules with me by online confirmation or email no later than August 15.
Your dues payment and signed contract were due August 1st.
If you have not mailed your dues check and signed contract please do so as soon as possible. Members will not be allowed to attend visits until their dues payment and signed contract are received.
If your pet's VPP Health Form and Rabies Certificate have expired, and you have not yet provided new forms, please send me the updates as soon as possible, so that you will be ready to begin Fall visits.
Our New Pet/Handler Evaluation will be held on Saturday, September 18th at the Harahan Senior Center. The evaluation team is ready for the task. We look forward to the new volunteers and pets that will be entering the training/probationary phase. The training workshop for pets and handlers that pass the evaluation will be held on Saturday, September 25th.
Welcome aboard for another wonderful year of "bringing love and leaving smiles".
Schedule for Fall 2010
To Claire to schedule your visits
To the web site
Pet Program web site
Volunteer Barbara Hyland and her
Penny, participated in the LA/SPCA's Care
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.
|VPP at Camp Tiger
A large group of VPP volunteers attended the LSU Camp Tiger May 21st at Jesuit High School. Camp Tiger was founded in 1985 by first-year students from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Its mission is to give disadvantaged and challenged children an enjoyable summer camp experience. For the campers, this may be their only chance during the summer to socialize with other children without being singled out for their disability.
Volunteers who attended 2010 LSU Camp Tiger were:
and Donna and Greg West
|Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in a Hot Car
It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Most people don't realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a balmy day. However, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees -- and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun!
Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on bright, sunny days. So many experts recommend not to leave pets or children in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher.
Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn't guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone. And if the window is rolled down sufficiently, the pet can escape. Plus if a passer-by claims he or she was bitten through the car window, the pet owner will be liable.
Animals are not able to sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal's body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.
* Leave your dog at home on warm days.
* On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl.
* Don't let dogs ride loose in pick-up truck beds. The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for the dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.
* If you see signs of heat exhaustion, which include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination your dog should be taken to the vet. To lower body temperature gradually, give the animal water to drink, place a cold towel or ice pack on the head, neck and chest, and/or immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water. Call your veterinarian.
If you see a pet in a vehicle on a hot day, take immediate action:
* Note the car make, model, color and tag number, then go to the nearest stores and ask the managers to page the owner.
* Call the police, which usually can respond much faster than can animal control departments. The police have the capability to enter the vehicle and rescue the pet.
This link offers free downloadable fliers that can be used to educate and remind others not to leave their pets in hot cars.
in memory ofPam Bellone's
Denise and Chet Mehurin
Stacey Warnke and Terri Joia
Nina & Al Bourgeois
in memory ofClaire Sommers'
Fay and Bill Schultz
Nina and Al Bourgeois
Denise and Chet Mehurin
Lee and Tom Gaffney
in memory ofGayle Kroeger's
Lee and Tom Gaffney
in memory ofShawn McCreary's
was received fromLee and Tom
in memory of
Mr and Mrs Jim Tedford's
was received fromAT&T United Way Employee Giving Campaign
on behalf of
was received fromBrenda Reilly
in memory of her
was received fromUnited Way of Greater New Orleans
on behalf of
was received fromRodney Mach
in memory of
a former VPP dog
was received fromJoyce Lashley
|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 23 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, September 18th
Harahan Senior Center
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
to Claire Sommers
who lost her beloved Greyhound,
visiting pet since 2006 and was a regular
Covenant Home. We are deeply appreciative of all the joy TBoy brought to the residents there.
who lost her
beautiful Golden Retriever,
Shawn and Lola had joined the VPP in 2009 and had visited at Touro Infirmary and St. Joseph's. She will be missed by all who met her.
and to Gayle Kroeger who lost her beautiful cat,
Natasha joined the VPP in 2001 and was a regular at Lambeth House.
The love and joy these pets brought into
the lives of
the nursing home residents will not be
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