KPETS - Keynotes Newsletter     
October 2013 
Celebrating 10 Years of 
Touching Lives and Warming Hearts
Upcoming Events
Park City Mall
Click link for dates

Get your family and friends to log in online and donate on November 22, 2013!

Date: Saturday, November 23

Time:  10 am - 4 pm


The Farm & Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road

Lancaster PA 17601


Important Links

 To visit our website


Volunteers' Blogs

Chester Rima






Karen and the kids





Send us your pup's page and we'll add it to our list!

We NEED YOU  to report your Volunteer hours


Did you know that:


* only 37% of volunteers are now logging their hours. Please log your hours at least monthly! 


* 547 hours logged for May


* 3323 hours YTD 


CLICK HERE for a link to a video on how to log your hours!


To get to Tickspot, you can click here or go to the "I'm a Registered Volunteer" section on the KPETS website under the "Volunteer" tab. 


If you have problems, please let us know. We'll do all we can to help you!


KPETS Membership Renewal
Just a reminder that your KPETS insurance expired September 15, 2013 if you did not send in your renewal forms listed below.
  • KPETS Renewal Application Form 
  • Volunteer Agreement Form
  • Other items as instructed
Peggy Maberry, Wendy McKelvy, Adella Houck, Karen Gerth

A thank you from 

Adella Houck & Peggy Maberry 


KPETS Volunteer Co-Chairpersons 


     Let me say BOW WOW to you all!  On Sunday, September 1st

Lexi's Annual Bow Wow Bingo was held at Outdoor World Circle M Campground.  It was an action packed night with 13 lucky Brown Bag Bingo game winners, over 25 raffle baskets and 15 silent auction items, a 50/50 drawing

lots of door prizes, 

and our candy and bone count winners!

     KPETS is extremely grateful for the generous support from our local businesses, Circle M vendors, KPETS volunteers, their neighbors, friends and family.  Your donations made the evening a success for many families and assisted KPETS in raising $7,084.

  We want to again express our gratitude to you 

for supporting this event! 


And a HUGE THANK YOU to Adella and Peggy for totally coordinating this event with all their 'peeps'. Without the two of them, there would be no Bingo OR $7000! Thank you,ladies! Your are KPETS'  HEROS!

Meet our Sponsors for October: 

Phone Sponsor: Open
Rent Sponsor: Open
Printer Sponsor:  Open


Please consider filling any of the open spots on our Resource Page.  For information click on the link below!  Thank you!

2014 KPETS Kalendars 
are now available! 

$12.00 pick up at our office

$15.00 to ship
This calendar with photos of our fabulous therapy dogs would make a great Holiday Gift!!!!



KPETS has been awarded two monetary grants! 

Applying for more! 

  • PETSMART, a nationally known pet store, and largest funder of animal welfare, awarded KPETS $5,000 for assistance with our office rent.
  • Lancaster Northeast Rotary granted us $2,000.  
    Kathleen was recently hired to explore and write for grant opportunities and develop fiscal sustainability for the years to come.  We're keeping our heads above water, but we need your help!  

Did you know that of all of our many, wonderful volunteers, that only 40% document their time?  We are doing great things and need the hours and places you go to develop outcomes to include in these grants. It does not take long if you put your record of service in your purse, dog supply bag or glove box and write your time and place when your visit is completed.  
Let's see if we can all pull together to make an even bigger difference! Thanks in advance!   


Meet our Office Staff
  • Karen Gerth - Executive Director / Co-Founder: Karen over sees all aspects of KPETS.  
  • Diane Klos - Membership Records: Diane handles all aspects of KPETS' membership processing and accounts receivable and payable. 
  • Patti Overly - Volunteer Coordinator PLUS: Patti's job is to coordinate the visit requests and activities as well as assist in other areas as needed . 
  • Kathleen Herr - Development Coordinator: Kathleen researches grants as well as other funding sources for KPETS and assists Karen in business related issues as they arise.
Meet our Office Volunteers
  • Peggy Maberry - Event Coordinator Lead: Peggy is the lead on our major events:  Expo, Bingo & Dinner.   
  • Jane Johnson - Volunteer Hours and Correspondence Coordinator:  Jane is responsible for Tickspot updates and correspondence such as   thank you notes and acknowledgements from the office.  
  • Heather Meaney - Volunteer Coordinator Assistant: There is so much happening in our communities and the demand for our teams is endless, Heather is helping Patti fill and coordinate many of the requests.  
  • Marjan von Schaik - Volunteer Coordinator Assistant: Marjan also helps coordinate special events for KPETS such as the Bon Ton   Community Days and others.  
Volunteer Recognition
   We want to thank ALL the KPETS' volunteers who so selflessly give to KPETS and our communities by visiting, staffing info booths, doing presentations and so much more. YOU  are what make KPETS what it is today! THANK YOU!
In the Spotlight!
We  want to recognize Wendi Mitzel, who has been  for I don't know how many years. She took over that email address when Jenny left and we've kept her extremely busy ever since. But after all this time, Wendi has decided to turn it back over to us in the office so that she can pursue more visiting with Meeko (pictured above) and take sign language classes which will come in very handy on some of the visiting she is pursuing.
Wendi had also been doing Orientation in Hanover and Westminster and has recently trained Lorain Land to conduct them in Westminster for us. Wendi also serves on our Quality Assurance Committee along with Donna Gomer. 
Thank you, Wendi, so much for your time and effort spent being our contact.  Your many volunteer hours have helped KPETS become what it is today! 
More Volunteer Thanks You!
This past summer was a very busy one for KPETS teams. It was filled with many camps for children, summer enrichment programs, and library programs to mention just a few.  Thank you to all the volunteers who made this a memorable summer for so many kids!

From Risa Paskoff  of Aaron 's Acres
   Thank you to the dogs and trainers who visited our Dauphin and Lancaster camps, and I must say both staff and campers thoroughly enjoyed the visits!  Seeing the children smile as the dogs played with them or even when the campers just sat next to the dogs created wonderful memories for all of us! 

And a Thank You to our Maryland Teams!
From Jerry F. Barnes
State's Attorney for Carroll County, Maryland

Dear KPETS Volunteers,
   My office would like to thank you for your contribution and participation in the Westminster Fall Fest.  The community loved your service dogs, as does everyone.
    Your assistance to our victims is and has been invaluable.  We can't thank you enough; and we deeply appreciate your dedication and services.

Announcing Our Retirees!


  We would like to thank the following teams who have recently retired from KPETS!  Thank you for all that you did for KPETS and the communities in which you served!


                            Lisa Deyo and Lilly                               

Francis Holt and Jackson

Brenda Yannuzzi and Hansel 

Barb and Craig Graver and Misty   


Dear Karen,

    It's been a pleasure being a KPETS' team since September 2010.  I'm sad to say that Misty will be retiring.  She turned 15 years old on August 17th and will live out the rest of her days just resting and enjoying her food, treats, the outdoors and many hugs and kisses!  We love her dearly, and are enjoying the time we spend with her each day.

    Thank you, KPETS, for the experience of helping to brighten  lives.  Misty enjoyed giving love as well as getting much love in return.  



Barb and Craig Graver 

and of course, Misty

Please visit KPETS' Tails to read Misty's story!  

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


With sadness we said goodbye to these KPETS dogs this summer.


Kocoa - September 18, 2013  Eric Meck

Annie -  September 6, 2013.   Westley and Theresa Tatman
 Sammy -August 30, 2013   Karen Gerth
 Liberty - August 6, 2013 Jan & Walt Williams
 Bella - July 5, 2013  Mindy Hedrick
Visit our Celebration of Therapy Dogs' Lives featuring the memories of our dedicated Therapy Dogs now residing in Heaven awaiting our happy reunion. 

Through Canine Eyes And Angel Heart 
 written by Lorain Land
KPETS' Volunteer
As I accompany my canine partner to meet and visit with new and known friends at the Dove House, there's not a time that I haven't looked up and given thanks for the opportunity to just be there.  After every visit, I give a big hug and warm, heartfelt "thank you" to my pup for just being her.  She is an angel dressed in her fluffy, soft, fur coat no matter what the local weather forecast.  She is there to 'be' and 'be with you'.                                

To read more click here...Through Canine Eyes         
Safety Info 
   Breaking Up Dog Fights 
This info we should never need when acting on behalf of KPETS, but it is info that could unfortunately be needed someday. We'd just like to educate our volunteers should something as scary as this happen to them and their precious pet.
Something no one ever wants to witness is a dogfight, and with KPETS two-foot rule this should never become an issue. But what do you do if that situation happens.

Obviously each situation will be different and the tools available will be different as well. But here are what our evaluators and others recommend.

The Animal Behavioral College recommends grabbing the back of the aggressor's legs & lifting up, or try to get a leash around the back legs to pull up. Although you may not know which dog was the aggressor, by the time they are in this heightened state, they need to be separated.

Once they lose balance, they will likely lose grip and you will need to separate them quickly. Hopefully you will not be alone. But if you are by yourself, you could take a leash and somehow tie up the hips of one dog to a fence, pole or whatever you can find and grab the other by the hind legs. Once they are in that red zone they could come back for more or they could redirect their bite to you or someone near-by. Keeping them apart is crucial.

Instinct tells us to get in there and try to pry them apart - NO! You could get bitten! Another instinct would be to grab the collar and twist. This could actually make the dog more aggressive.

If a hose is available, blasting them with full force could distract but that may not be an available option. A small amount of water will most likely not have much effect and could actually aggravate more.

Again the best way to avoid this type of situation is to follow the KPETS two-foot rule and recognize and respond appropriately to your dog's body language, but having this knowledge may help you in an unforeseen situation in your everyday encounters with your dog.

Here is a link to an article from the "Whole Dog Journal", a great resource for all conscientious dog owners!
Visit Requests 
There are so many open requests 
and we need our teams 
to fill them. 
Here's where you can find them... 

1.  Weekly Request Update email every Wednesday
  • On, scroll over "Konnect w/KPETS" menu
  • Click on the Konnecting Page and 
  • Type in your email address and click "FOLLOW"
Do you have...

* a story about a recent or memorable KPETS visit 

* 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
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 16, 2013

* Lancaster - Saturday, October 12 (2nd Sat of even months) @ 9 am


Workshops: Click here to register.


* Lancaster - 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 6:30 pm  

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

* Hanover, Westminster, TBD in 2014


* Therapy Dog Training Classes: York and Lancaster  Click here for more info. 
(optional class offered for those who would like additional guidance)  

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