Volunteers' Voice

News for and about the Visiting Pet Program

April 2019    Volume 18, Issue 3
Take Note! 
CELEBRATING
32 SUCCESSFUL
YEARS
    
    
New Volunteer Orientation
 
  Saturday,
June 8, 2019
  10:00am to 12:00 pm
 
Saturday,
July 13, 2019
2:00pm to 4:00 pm

Saturday,
November 2, 2019
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,
July 27, 2019
 
  Saturday,
January 4, 2020
 
 Harahan Senior Center
    100 Elodie
 Pre-registration required
   
Contact Barbara Hyland to register at
greytpets2@gmail.com  
 if you would like to have an additional pet tested.



Reading To Rover  
   
Held on the third Tuesday of each month at the East Bank Regional Library
4747 W. Napoleon in Metairie
6:30pm-7:30pm
 and
Held on the second Tuesday of each month at Rosa Keller Library 4300 South Broad Street in New Orleans
6:00pm - 7:00pm
 
 Contact Fay Schultz
 to confirm your slot at any of these
Reading To Rover
events.
    
    


Our Deepest Sympathies
 
to 

Jerry Gibel
  who lost his beloved 
Slovensky Cuvac, "Tancuj". 
Tancuj joined VPP in 2009.  Jerry and Tancuj were regulars at Waldon as well as participating in the 
EJGH Pet Therapy  Program.    
They also volunteered with the new 
K9 Krewe 
at the airport.     
 Jerry will continue to volunteer with the VPP as a buddy.  
   
and to

Denise Mehurin
who lost her precious Sheltie, 
"Murphy".   
Murphy joined the VPP in 2012.   Denise and Murphy were regulars at Colonial Oaks.
Denise will continue to volunteer with the VPP as a buddy.  
 
and to

Sabrina Jacks 
who lost her much loved retired VPP Pitbull mix "Evangeline".  
Sabrina and Evangeline joined the VPP in 2014.  Evangeline retired in 2018.    
Sabrina continues to volunteer with her Boston Terrier "Voodoo".  

and to
 
Cathy Logan
 who lost her beautiful Boxer 
"Sarah".  
Cathy and Sarah joined the VPP in 2016. 
They were regulars on Our Lady of Wisdom visits.  


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 January'19 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, Creevy Clay, Suzanne Christensen, Lee Gaffney, Dawn Hagmann, Kimberley Clayton Hamlen, Kevin Hand, Sabrina Jacks, Carol LaNasa, Marcia Legendre, Holly Lambert Mars, Helen Schneidau, Diane Smith, Monica Stephens, Joy Sturtevant and Donna Williams. In addition, the following members assisted with observation visits: Lynne Aranda and Maggie Tidwell.

A thank you is extended to all who helped to welcome the new volunteers.

 Quick Links


Some Picnic Highlights




Ringo shows off his
Commando Crawl














           




  
Spring has finally sprung and our opportunities for service are blooming! Our monthly visits are discontinued from June to September, but that doesn't mean we aren't busy. The summer camps have already been calling and asking for our talented teams to visit. Local universities want our pups to provide a respite from the horrible storm known as finals. As always, our wonderful volunteers are eager and ready to serve. It's nice to have some time to provide our form of therapy in new and different ways.  

C heck out the great photos from our Annual Meeting on our web site photo page. Our tha nks to Carol LaNasa for having a camera handy and tons of  patience!  She gave us over 200 photos! Under a very bright, sunny sky, 95 volunteers and family members, including 50 dogs, turned out for our event. All the pups were perfectly behaved as we celebrated our 32nd year of service to the community. Pat Egers was honored as our Outstanding Volunteer and our airport volunteers received our new Community Service Award. Our teams were acknowledged for their years of service with their award presentations topped off by fabulous door prizes.  
 
Cake by VPP member Sherry Barlow   
 
Take a short break for yourself after all you have done for others for the last 9 months. Have a safe and happy summer.
We'll see you in September!
 

With thanks for all you do,
Lee Gaffney
 
VPP Volunteer Appreciation Picnic/Annual Meeting   
 
2019 Award Recipients 


OUTSTANDING  VOLUNTEER

Pat Egers
 this
 year's Outstanding Volunteer, has been 
a member since 2012. 
Pat was recognized for her special efforts to serve children in our area. She and Maggie are regulars at Children's Hospital and are frequently seen in area classroom's sharing their experiences as a therapy team and offering humane education opportunities. Pat has also recently taken over a ton of correspondence responsibilities for the organization, helping to lighten the load of our board members.  A most sincere congratulations to Pat for an honor well deserved!
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD 
Recognized for their service to the Armstrong Airport K9Krewe are: (L to R) Front Row: Suzanne Christensen and Harper Lee, Joy Sturtevant and Benny. Back Row: Judi Baynes and Big Bear, Dianna O'Dowd and LiLou, Brenda Chetta and Andy, Cher Lassiter and Clarence, Beth Akin and Hamilton and
Cindy O'Donnell and Cusco.
Missing from picture is Jerry Gibel.

 
PEOPLE AWARDS


  
20 Year Member

Connie Back


15 Year Members


Fay Schultz, Mason and Danna Morris
Missing from photo is
Jerry Gibel

 





10 Year Member

Kevin Hand

 
                                
5 Year Members

Bruce 
Galbraith, 
Robert Cleary,
Carol Ziants, Cher Lassiter, Deirdre LeDoux
and 
Ricky Vergona

   
        
PET AWARDS


9 years

Betty Boop (Fay Schultz) and
Bacchus (Leslie Davis 
Not pictured: Tancuj (Jerry Gibel)


6 years 

Back Row: Moss (Nancy Tartarski), Benny  (Joy Sturtevant)
Lilou (Dianne O'Dowd), Andy (Lee Gaffney),
Zambi (Barbara Hyland), Leo (Rhonda Vergona) 
Not pictured: Rusty (Pam Bellone), Lucy and Molly (Kim Bradley),  and Murphy (Denise Mehurin)
   
 
  3 years  

Abby (Bill Cromartie), Harper Lee (Suzanne Christensen) and 
Sallie Mae (Donna Williams)
Guardian Angels
 

  Donations were received
 in memory of
Jerry Gibel's dog,
Tancuj
 from
            Barbara Hyland, Claire Sommers,
       Brenda Chetta, Danna and Mason Morris,
      Diane Smith, Lee Gaffney, Kevin Hand
       and the Armstrong Airport Volunteers

A donation was received 
in memory of
Denise Mehurin's dog,
Murphy
from
Kevin Hand, Claire Sommers,
Lee Gaffney and Barbara Hyland
 
A donation was received  
in memory of
Cathy Logan's dog,
Sarah
from
Claire Sommers, Barbara Hyland and Lee Gaffney
 
Donations were received 
in memory of
Sabrina Jack's dog,
Evangeline
from  
Barbara Hyland and Lee Gaffney

A donation was received
in honor of
Leslie Davis
from
New York community Trust
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 32 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  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