KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
October 2014 Keynotes Newsletter  
Touching Lives * Warming Hearts
Since 2003
Look for KPETS' Teams at these upcoming events...

Important Links
Meet Our Sponsors for October
Rent Sponsor for the Year

Internet Sponsor:  Lori Napoli with Kramer

 Phone Sponsor:  
Hempfield Rec's  55 and over Ladies USTA tennis team: Jean Bednarski, Kathy Collura, Martha Furness, Darlene Graybill, Sheila Morrison, Linda Mullen, Kathy Nolt, Pam Pyle, Linda Rasmuson, Sue Rutt, and KPETS volunteer Sharon McLaughlin

 Printer Sponsors:

Kim Showalter with Molly
Please consider filling any of the open spots on our Resource Page. Click here to go to our Resource Sponsor Page.


Do ALL your on-line shopping through 
 When you first sign in, be sure to choose KPETS and a portion of all your purchases will support KPETS. Thank you!
(You can still use the link on the Support Tab of our website too!)

Welcome to our New Registered Teams!
We had 8 new teams join us in September...
Michele Agee  & Karma
Nandy Beauchamp & Riley
Adam Macbeth & Bentley
Brenda Macbeth & Bentley
Sarah Landau & Gunner
Dee Muskin & JoJo
Christine Rhoads & Arnold
Donna Yarri & Misty & Muffin

"Volunteers don't just do the work - they make it work."

Touching Lives * Warming Hearts!
Joann Kline's Kappy getting hugs at the Dream Ride Rest Stop from KPETS' helpers.
The Extra Ordinary Give          
Friday, November 21, 2014         
Lancaster County's largest day 
of online giving!

KPETS' teams will be at That Pet Place 
That Fish Place from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm that day to provide a taste of pet therapy along with games, food, caricatures, face painting and much, much more!
Come out, join the fun!
Thank you for your Service!

We would like to thank the following therapy dogs who recently retired from KPETS!  You will be missed by all the people you served!

River - beloved companion of Terri Willner
Gunner - beloved companion of Millie Rothermel
Brody - beloved companion of Troy Conner  
Celebration of Life
"Dogs leave their pawprints across our hearts, and we are forever changed."
With sadness we said goodbye to these KPETS' dogs.

Cayenne,  January 2002 - September 4, 2014   
Beloved companion of Pat and Rod Hines
"He was a great dog, a gentle giant, with a kind spirit.  He helped many people and brought smiles to many faces.  He was one of the great ones."

Brody, - April 11, 2004 -October 1, 2014
Beloved companion of Ann D'Alessandro-Zuck
"We said goodbye to our wonderful, sweet Brody. 
We had him two months longer than the vet thought, but never long enough!"

September and October have been a busy time for KPETS' teams.  Below are photos of just a few of the many events in which our dedicated teams have participated.  Thanks to all who gave their time during this busy season!

Petsmart Check Presentation 
at the open house of Petsmart's new Distribution Center in Bethel, PA.
We thank Petsmart for being our Rent Sponsor for another year!

Left:  That Fish Place - That Pet Place
KPETS dogs bringing smiles  in the store as part of their Pet Appreciation Month activities.
Right:  Tailwagger's Trot

Lisa Miller and Cadie setting up the the Tailwagger's Trot held at  Buchanan Park in Lancaster, PA.

9/11 Memorial Parade
A thank you from Harriet Hombach

 All day the ominous clouds threatened to pour, drenching the 9/11 Memorial Parade at York Fair on Thursday, Sept. 11. Faithfully, the KPETS teams were the first to arrive prior to 5:00pm at the staging area. As we waited for the parade to start, a few drops were felt. Undaunted, we dressed our four-legged kids in their patriotic scarfs and passed American flags (made in USA) for the handlers to proudly wave. As we lined up, the sun broke through the dark clouds. I realized KPETS was the only group walking that was not with a police, ambulance or fire fighting organization. Once we began our travel through the York Fair, lots of people lined the route to applaud, even more loudly for our proud puppy group. We ended our march on the track in front of the grandstand. As we stood close by with our patient pooches being petted by policemen, fire fighters and EMTS, each of the numerous first responder vehicles  lined up nose in to the grandstand. On cue, they all turned on their emergency lights and sirens. What a wailing those sirens did!!!! Yet not one of these very special and very well-behaved dogs reacted to the noisy distraction!!! I looked around to see them laying or sitting calmly, with a few turning their heads in curiosity. I was so proud of each and every one of these remarkable animals. What a fantastic time with WONDERFUL KPETS HANDLERS and their FABULOUS FURRY KIDS!!!!


Lebanon Valley College 

De-Stress Break


KPETS teams spent an evening providing therapy 

and love for the students!

Dream Ride Project
  Sammy's 10 for 10 Legacy Event
Thank you to our riders and walkers who raised almost $3,000!!!
Lori, Jill and Nancy getting ready to ride!
KPETS' walkers posing for a picture before their walk
along the Susquehanna N W River Trail.
Thank you from the Office of State's Attorney For Carroll County

Dear Mrs. Gerth,
On behalf of the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office and the Victim Witness Assistance Unit, I would like to thank the following that attended Fallfest the weekend of September 27 & 28, 2014.
Jan Knight and therapy dog Blue
Laurie Walters and therapy dog Puck
Jim & Sharon Spies and therapy dogs Luna and Victoria
In appreciation of their time and service I have requisitioned a donation in the amount of $50 to KPETS.  I would like to thank each volunteer and their therapy dogs for their commitment and dedication.
Michelle Schaffer, Director
Victim Witness Assistance Unit of the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office
                                        Blessing of the Pets!
Pastor Hank Steinhiber has invited KPETS to come to Lutheran Social Services at Kelly Dr. onTuesday, November 4th at 10:00am,
or Lutheran Social Services at Sprenkle Village onTuesday, November 18th at 10:00am for a Blessing of the Pets. 
Get Konnected/Stay Konnected   

  For all Registered KPETS' Teams...


York Round Table: Old Country Buffet on Rt 30, York on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 pm


Lancaster Round Table:  6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 21 

at Loxley's in Centerville. 

Westminster Round Table:  6:00 pm on Thursday, November 6.   We will meet in the "library" at the Agricultural Extension Office Building located at 700 Agricultural Center, Westminster, MD  21157  (Go to the end of Smith Ave.).

Harrisburg Round Table: January 24, 2015 with an "ice and snow" delay on January 31.  We will meet at Abrahams in Linglestown at 9:00 am for breakfast.

All Registered Teams:  Stay Konnected Weekly with the 

Wednesday Kommunications Email

 Teams in Action Tuesdays

on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Send your pictures to


 Guidelines -

1. Be sure to let us know who, what, when, and where

2. A Photo Authorization Form of identifiable non-KPETS people must be sent to the KPETS' office.  

3. We can blur faces if no authorization is available.

Do you have...                                                       

* a story about a recent or memorable KPETS visit 

* a photo

* a fabulous treat or toy that your KPETS partner loves 

* a great pet related book you'd like to recommend 
* a memorial to a beloved KPETS partner who has recently passed 


If you have something you'd like to share with our Newsletter readers, please send details and any photos to us at
                                    Visit Requests
There are so many open requests and we need our teams  to fill them. 
Here's where you can find them... 
1.  Wednesday Kommunications Email
  • On, scroll over "Konnect w/KPETS" menu
  • Click on the Konnecting Page and 
  • Type in your email address and click "FOLLOW"
Info for New Volunteers and VIP's (Volunteers in Process)
* Space may be limited. Registration Required / Dates subject to change!
Upcoming Orientations:  Click here to register.
* York - Saturday, November 15 (3rd Sat of odd months) @ 9:00 am

* Lancaster - Saturday, October 18 @ 9:00 am

* Westminster, MD - TBD 2015

* Hanover, PA - TBD 2015


Workshops: Offered in two formats - Choose what's best for you. 


Click here to register for the one-time test option at the following locations


* Lancaster - 2nd Tuesday (4th Tuesday as needed) of every month @6:15 pm 

* York - 1st Monday of every month @ 6:00 pm 

* Hanover, PA - TBD 2015

* Westminster, MD - TBD 2015


* Therapy Dog Training Classes: (optional class offered for those who would like additional guidance) in York (Keystone Dog Training), Lancaster (Oscar's Pet Resort and Dog Sense) and Westminster, MD   Click here for more info

Thank you all for making KPETS what it is and taking us to where we are today!

Let's continue Touching Lives * Warming Hearts in our local communities! ! !


Karen Gerth
KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services