Sherry Barlow with Nyla Pooh, the Terrier Mix. Sherry is employed with Ochsner in accounting and works part-time as a cake decorator creating wedding and celebration cakes. Nyla loves going to pet stores and responds to many commands taught at Connie Back's obedience class.
Andrea Finkelstein with Oliver, the English Lab. Andra is a mother of two children and has always wanted to incorporate her love of animals into something meaningful to help others. Oliver loves going for walks and has completed an advanced obedience class.
Megan Jespersen with Daisy, the Greyhound. Megan is employed as an epidemiologist with the Office of Public Works. She also plays the flute in the New Orleans Concert Band. Daisy loves going to dog parks and has completed an obedience class conducted by Connie Back through the LA/SPCA.
Kaitlin Joerger with Hank, the Boxer. Kaitlin works as a patent examiner for the USPTO. She also volunteers with Bike Easy to advocate for safer biking in the city. Hank loves visiting people whether at bars or going on a trip. Hank has completed obedience training classes.
Donna Riess with Bogey, the Golden Retriever. Donna is retired and volunteers with many organizations including the Junior League and New Orleans Woman's Shelter. Hobbies include decorating, yoga and biking. Bogey loves his daily walks and has experienced successful visits in a health care facility visiting a family member.
Mary Snyder with Pipkin, the Toy Poodle. Mary works in human resources at a local refinery and enjoys traveling, reading and biking. Pipkin enjoys daily walks and responds to several commands.
Chris & Megan Sullivan with Hank, the Border Collie/Retriever Mix. Chris is a professor at LSU. Megan is a pediatrician at Ochsner. Hank loves meeting people on his daily walks and responds to various commands.
Adrienne Wheeler with Tippy, the Boxer. Adrienne is an attorney. She is also a member of the Sirens of New Orleans, a Mardi Gras dance krewe that does philanthropy events year-round. Tippy loves people and responds to the commands of sit, stay, shake and come.
Cathy & Toby Young with Stella, the Golden Retriever. Cathy is a sustaining member of the Junior League and an active volunteer in many organizations. Toby is a retired banker and enjoys bridge and making jigsaw puzzles. Stella loves children and adults and going for walks. She responds to the basic commands.
VPP Volunteers add Pets
Brenda Chetta with Andy, the Toy Poodle. Brenda is a retired nurse anesthetist and is active in the Jefferson Performing Arts Leading Ladies Club. She is also an active member of VPP, assisting on evaluation day. Brenda designs doggy fur coats and clothing as well as preparing healthy dog biscuits. Andy loves to be petted and was involved in the Mardi Paws parade.
Clay Latimer with Nikki, the Maltese/Poodle Mix. Clay is a retired attorney and works part-time representing children in juvenile and/or family cases. Nikki loves going for walks and interacting with people as well as with other dogs.
Rhonda & Ricky Vergona with Maggie, the Mountain Feist. Rhonda works at Mandeville Animal Hospital and Ricky is a medical equipment service technician. Both volunteer with the Tangi Humane Society. Rhonda and Ricky enjoy their monthly VPP visits and are looking forward to Maggie joining this special work. Maggie is calm and loves people.