Volunteers' Voice

News for and about the Visiting Pet Program

 August 2012
Volume 12, Issue 1

Take Note! 







New Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, October 20, 2012

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


 Harahan Senior Center

 100 Elodie

  Pre-registration required

Contact Claire Sommers at paws4visits@gmail.com to register



Pet/Handler Evaluation


Saturday, September 8, 2012

 Saturday, January 5, 2013

 Harahan Senior Center

   100 Elodie

 Pre-registration required

Contact Barbara Hyland to register at

 if you would like to have an additional pet tested.


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   


 Contact Fay Schultz


 to confirm your slot at any of these Reading To Rover






Summer Seminars


Living with an Aging Pet

Tuesday, August 14th

Harahan Senior Center






Our Deepest Sympathies 


Barbara and Dick Hyland  

for the loss of their Greyhound, Prince.   Prince joined the VPP in 2007 and was a regular at St Anthony's.     Additionally, Prince was a member of the EJGH pet program.


Denise and Chet Mehurin  

lost their wonderful Daisy. Daisy became a member of VPP in 1997 and remained a very active volunteer until her retirement in 2010.


Both of these dogs took their therapy work very seriously! They will be greatly missed by the many hearts they touched. 












 Quick Links

  Visiting Pet Program




 Monthly Schedules for Fall 2012 




  Help VPP by shopping through IGive




  Shop for great therapy dog books at Dogwise





Summer is almost over. It's so hard to believe how quickly the time passes. Our visits will start up again in September and I know our 4 legged friends will be eagerly received by those we visit.

I spent some time sitting in a hospital room this summer. It wasn't much fun. I had hours to think about how I would have welcomed a visit from a fuzzy face. It really gave me a new perspective on our visits. I always knew our efforts were appreciated, but now I have a clear understanding as to why. The long hours of watching the clock tick way, praying, waiting...it can take a toll on family as well as the patient. The opportunity to snuggle something warm, to kiss a cold nose, would have been a great stress reliever; a chance to forget about where I was and why I was there, even if just for a few minutes. I think now I'll enter rooms with a whole new insight and a real appreciation for the gift we bring.

Speaking of entering rooms....it's time to complete your visit schedules from September to December. The schedule is posted on the web site. Please submit your schedule to Claire by August 15th. And if you have not yet sent in your dues for this year, what are you waiting for????  They were due by August 1st!

Enjoy the last few weeks of the unbearable heat. Stay inside and get organized for the fall. Plan on a wonder year of "Bringing love and leaving smiles".
With thanks for all you do,

Lee Gaffney


Living with an Aging Pet

Be sure to join us for our final seminar this summer.

Dr. Andra Ponson, veterinarian with Causeway Animal Hospital and VPP member with her dog, Bacchus, will give us an insightful look into living with an aging pet. Topics will include end stage disease and concern for patients "quality of life".

The event is free for VPP members. You are invited to bring a guest with you. There is a $5.00 charge for each guests. Guests can pay via paypal or at the door at check in.

Please register by clicking the link below.

 Register Now!                       


Guardian Angels

 Generous donations were received from: Gregory Day

 Joyce Lashley
   NO Fleas Market   

Thomas Gaffney V and Jacob Zanca

            from their LemonAid Day stand


                  Memorial donations were received from:    

Suzanne Baker
in memory of 

 Sandy Hicks 


from Thomas Ahearn 
 in memory of  
Carlos and Terry Kronberger poodle  

from Fay and Bill Schultz  
in memory of  
Robin Gates' cat  

and in memory of   

Celeste Alphonso 

Cathy Burch, Diane Smith, Fay and Bill Schultz,  
Barbara and Dick Hyland, Claire Sommers,  
Helen Schneidau and tom and Lee Gaffney 
in memory of  
Barbara and Dick Hyland's Greyhound

  from Kathleen Barnett 

 in memory of her dog  


from Linda Brasset  
in memory of  



 Julie Spencer , Julie Susan Karon, Claire Sommers,
Fay and Bill Schultz, Tom and Lee Gaffney,
Hyland and Cathy Burch 

in memory of  

Denise and Chet Mehurin's  



from Lee and Tommy Gaffney
in memory of Kevin Grey's  



 Leslie Davis, Lee and Tommy Gaffney, 

 Helen Schneideau and Diane Smith
In memory of  

Leslie Davis' father

Dr. George Davis   


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 25 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