Volunteers' Voice

News for and about the Visiting Pet Program

 December 2016

Volume 16, Issue 3

Take Note! 
Spring 2017 Visit Confirmation  
The 2017Spring visit schedule  
is now on the web site.  
Be sure to confirm your Spring visits 

no later than 

December 15th
 New Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Harahan Senior Center
100 Elodie
Pre-registration required
Contact Claire Sommers at paws4visits@gmail.com 
to register

Pet/Handler Evaluation

January 7, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Saturday, January 6, 2018

 Harahan Senior Center
   100 Elodie
 Pre-registration required


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
 Contact Fay Schultz
 to confirm your slot at any of these Reading To Rover
Happy Retirement 
Deborah Duperon

 recently retired her dog, Lucas due to health issues. They joined VPP in 2014 and were regulars at PHC

 Quick Links


It's hard to believe another year is over. Seems like yesterday was Halloween and tomorrow is the New Year! It all happens so quickly. Thank you for all that you do to make our year go quickly and smoothly. Your professionalism and dedication to our mission is what makes the VPP so successful.

Mark your calendars now for our volunteer appreciation picnic and annual meeting...now know as Tara's Toast to Volunteers! Our 2017 date is Sunday, March 5th from 1pm-3pm at a new favorite location, The Kamp on Hickory Avenue in Harahan.  We'll send more details in the event invitation but, for now, save the date! Bring the family including your VPP dog. Adult beverages will be available for purchase at the event!

Have wonderful holidays and the Happiest of New Years as you embark on your visits for 2017 and the VPP enters it's 30th year of service
Lee Gaffney

Four Paw Salute

Barbara Hyland would like to thank members of the Buddy Program who joined her in assisting with the probationary pet visits for the August'16 evaluation group. Everyone is always willing to assist the new handlers and guide them on their visits.

Buddy members included Jeannette Albert, Diana Alcazar-O'Dowd, Mike Azzarello, Connie Back, Linda Bauer, Pam Bellone, Brenda Becnel, Kathleen Caulkins, Creevy Clay, Jerry Gibel, Lori Haeuser, Dawn Hagmann, Kimberley Clayton Hamlen, Kevin Hand, Delia Hardie, Bob Klare, Nicole Parks, Fay Schultz, Diane Smith, Claire Sommers, Patty Spampneto, Monica Stephens and Nancy Tatarski. In addition, the following members assisted with observation visits:  Pat Egers, Sonja Flick and Christine Thomas.
A thank you is extended to all who helped to welcome the new volunteers.

VPP at Gerontological conference

On November 17th, multiple VPP volunteers brought their dogs to meet and greet participants of a conference organized by the Gerontological Society of America. The conference was held at the New Orleans Sheraton hotel. One of the goals of this conference was to discuss the benefits of pets and human-animal interaction (HAI) for older adults. The VPP pet handler teams did their part by demonstrating the application of this important research. The pups were adored and appreciated by all. After an hour of visit, they left the hotel leaving behind many happy and cheerful conference participants.

Guardian Angels

A donation was received from United Way

Donations were received from different people at the Petfest

A donation was received from Network for Good 
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 30 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 P. O. Box 24748,New Orleans, LA 70184-4748. 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 

Visiting Pet Program | P.O. Box 24748 | New Orleans | LA | 70184-4748