KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
November 2014 Keynotes Newsletter 
Touching Lives * Warming Hearts
Since 2003
Look for KPETS teams at this upcoming event...
Friday, Nov. 21
Important Links
KPETS Dogs in Action

Robin Timpson's Asher visiting at
The Highlands.

Joann Kline's Kappy at the Harvest Fair at Calvary Church

Lisa Haupt's Oscar getting ready for Woofstock.
Meet Our Sponsors for November
Rent Sponsor for the Year 

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


2015 KPETS Kalendar 
are now available for sale!

These great photos of our wonderful therapy dogs taken by Beth Cardwell Photograpy would make a wonderful holiday gift! 
$10 each plus shipping

Pick one up at the Pancake Farm in Ephrata for $10!


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to donate to KPETS every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to KPETS.

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 New Registered Teams!

Carol Stultz with Potter 
Lisa Kline with Elliott 
Dave Dusthimer with Cassie 
Michelle Stangl with Mindy 
Heather Hoff with Simba 
Sandy Verbin with Roxy 
Ashlety Lutz with Kimber
"Volunteers don't just do the work - they make it work." 
KPETS Forms Partnership with 
the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services and Penn Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are joining forces to provide canine blood bank services to the greater Lancaster County region. This is the first service of its kind offered in Lancaster County.


A kick-off celebration will be held November 21, 2014 from 9am to 9pm at That Fish Place/That Pet Place, 237 Centerville Rd, Lancaster, PA. The Penn Vets Canine Blood Mobile will be at this event which will combine food, fun, games, as well as information about KPETS and the Penn Vets Canine Blood Bank program during the Lancaster County Community Foundations Extraordinary Give.

Click here for more information about this event.


                                       Thank you for your service!

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

Katie Kube and her dog Toby
Celebration of Life

"Dogs leave their pawprints across our hearts, and we are forever changed."

With sadness, we say goodbye to Barb Noll's dog

"Today our 10 year old Chocolate Lab Mocha crossed over Rainbow Bridge. My heart is crushed but I know someday I will see her again. Thank you beautiful girl for giving me 10 years of unconditional love. Dad, Mom, Murphy, Hunter, Lily and Palynn miss you dearly. You no longer have any pain my dear beautiful girl."
                  In the Spotlight

KPETS would like to introduce Rich Repkoe who was recently hired as our Marketing and Development Coordinator. Rich graduated Magna cum Laude from Elizabethtown College with degrees in both Business Administration & Corporate Communication. Rich brings years of marketing and fund development experience to KPETS and is thrilled to be working for an organization whose mission he truly embraces.

                                        Blessing of the Pets
Pastor Hank Steinhiber has invited KPETS to come to Lutheran Social Services at Sprenkle Village onTuesday, November 18th at 10:00am for a Blessing of the Pets. 
  Arnold the Therapy Pig
Arnold with Bridger

KPETS now has a registered Pig! Arnold is a female and lives with Christine Rhoades and KPETS therapy dog, Bridger.  They recently brought smiles to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA and visited Centerville Elementary to educate the entire student body about therapy pets and pigs. "Some of the kids had never seen a real pig before."  

Manchester/Mount Wolf Halloween Parade

The KPETS teams walking in the Manchester/Mount Wolf Halloween Parade dressed their furry kids in Wizard of Oz characters costumes.

Amy Henry's Hannah was Scarecrow, Rose Morley's Katieann was Cowardly Lion, Cheyenne's Jetty was Dorothy, and Nalu was the Wicked Witch. Janelle Senft's Buoy was Wizard and Harriet Hombach's Corky was Tin Man. A special thank you to Amy's mother, Diane Imler, who carried the banner for most of the 2 miles by herself.

To quote The York Dispatch, " A clear crowd favorite was Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services' Wizard of Oz theme." Apparently the judges also liked our furry kids . They gave us FIRST place in our division! We would like to thank the Susquehanna Lions Club for the $75 check for the first place prize plus a $75 donation. 


Hummelstown Halloween Parade

Barbara Lambert reports that the Hummelstown Halloween Parade went well! There were six therapy teams (two of which had two dogs each) who marched for more that 1.6 miles in 2.5 hours. They all got quite the workout and were greatly appreciated by one and all.


Hanover Halloween

From Wendi Mitzel



It was a beautiful evening for a parade in Hanover where KPETS teams Tina and Abigail, James and Arthur, Christina and Bella, Rhonda with Angel and Gabriel, and Wendi with Meeko all walked with Clearview Animal Hospital's float in the parade. As we began walking, the children watching began clapping and calling out to the dogs.There were smiles for miles as we made our along the route! Our pups walked so nicely and not once picked up any candy that was being thrown to all the kids. They even got to visit with a few kids along the way. A great big thank you to those who came out to brave the long wait and the parade!  It was great fun for all. I am so proud of our KPETS team - they really shined and showed everyone that KPETS is a great organization.

      Halloween at Oak Leaf Manor North

Christine Davidson and Tripper visited with residents during their Halloween party last week. Tipper was an adorable bumblebee, but Christine reports that he would not keep his antenna on. However, he did enjoy licking up some crumbs left behind and a good time was had by all.


Get Konnected / Stay Konnected 
        For all Registered KPETS' Teams
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.
  Registered Teams:  Stay Konnected Weekly with the
  Wednesday Kommunications Email
Do you have...   
Cathy McCracken's Samantha loves to read with the kids at school.

* 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


Teams in Action Tuesdays on Facebook and Twitter
Edison Rittenhouse is having fun at the police station riding the fire ladder.




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.  


Click here for the photo authorization form.


Send your photos to 

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
   2.  The KPETS Konnections Page 
        • On, scroll over "Konnect w/KPETS" menu
        • Type in your email address and click "FOLLOW"
Info. for New Volunteers and VIPs (Volunteers in Process)
Registration required * Space may be limited * Dates subject to change
Upcoming Orientations:  Click here to register
  • York - Saturday, November 15 (3rd Sat of odd months) @ 9:00 am
  • Lancaster - Saturday, December 13 @ 9:00 am
  • Westminster, MD - TBD 2015
  • Hanover, PA - TBD 2015
Group Evaluation Workshops: Offered in two formats - choose what's best for you.

One-time Test Option:   

Click here to register. 

  • 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

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