KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
January 2015     
Keynotes Newsletter 
Touching Lives * Warming Hearts
Since 2003
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KPETS Dogs in Action
Millie helping Palmyra firefighters deal with loss.

Tommy at work as the resident reading reindeer.

Kappy keeping warm with his KPETS' cap.

Thank You to Our Resource Sponsors 
Rent Sponsor for the Year
Printer Sponsor for January:      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.


2015 KPETS Kalendar 

We have a couple KPETS Kalenedars remaining. 

Photography by Beth Cardwell Photograpy
$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!)

Want to help KPETS at no extra cost to you? 

iGive.comallows you to support KPETS with a percentage 
of your online shopping. It's totally free for you!

Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services is happy to announce that we have received a generous grant from the Anne Brossman Sweigart Foundation. This funding will allow KPETS to continue to improve our services and grow as a leader in the field of AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy). We would like to thank all who have helped make 2014 a successful one, and look forward to Touching Lives Y Warming Hearts for years to come.
Welcome New Registered Teams!

Anne Flanigan with Motley
Sarah Gardner with Motley
William Simpson with Teddy
Sandi Christensen with Lyra
Lois Giles with Holly
Kim Evans with Bella

"Volunteers don't just do the work - they make it work." 
York County special needs children have Christmas their way
York Dispatch News

When special needs children are nonverbal, they speak in their own way.

A Chihuahua dressed in a mini Santa hat charmed Peyton Guresh, 10, during a Christmas party for special needs families on Sunday. As the KPETS service dog gently licked her nose, her face scrunched up into a smile.


Click here to read the article


Above:  Finch the French Bulldog from KPETS delights children as their families were treated to a Christmas Party at the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company.


Thank You College Visitors!

I wanted to send a short note and thank you so so much for organizing all of the owners and dogs to come and share time with our students.  The program was a HUGE success!   I can clearly say that our students were a little less stressed going into exams this fall, at least the ones who came to spend time with these wonderful dogs and owners!
Gilly at Millersville University final
exam week. 

Joseph F. Lynch, Ph.D.


Center for Counseling and Human Development

Millersville University

 A special thank you to all the many KPETS teams who

recently visited Millersville University, McDaniel College, York College, Elizabethtown College, Lebanon Valley College, and Franklin and Marshall College during finals week.

Click here to watch a video produced by Franklin and Marshall College students of our visit  to Shadek-Fackenthal Library on December 15, 2014.
Get Konnected / Stay Konnected 
For all Registered KPETS' Teams

Harrisburg area:  will be a breakfast meeting, January 24th, 9 am at the Linglestown Family Restaurant (next to Sports City and Subway, Ritas) with an "ice and snow" delay on January 31st. If we cancel, I will send out an email early Saturday morning (7am) Hope to see lots of people there. Contact Sandy at

Lancaster:  Everyone invited Sunday, January 25th at 1:30 pm in the Blair Room at our KPETS office 630 Janet Ave, Lancaster.  Our Millersville intern will be presenting "Visitation Strategies for You and Your Pet."  Joann Kline will be sharing "Dog Safety in Vehicles" information she got from a recent training.  Contact Patti at

Westminster area:  Thursday, January 29th at 6 pm at the Carroll County Ag Extension Office Contact Laurie at

Registered Teams,  Stay Konnected Weekly with the Wednesday Kommunications Email
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

At right Meeko at New Oxford Middle School sporting his pink for New Oxford Pink Out.


Teams in Action Tuesdays on Facebook and Twitter



Giovanni, a Spinone, enjoys his visit.

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, January 17 (3rd Sat of odd months) @ 9:00 am
  • Lancaster - Saturday, February 14 @ 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