The ofﬁcial newsletter of Furry Friends P.A.T.S. Volume 11 Issue 4 Winter 2005
Playful Day at the Annual Picnic
by Loree McQuen
In This Issue Our annual Furry Friends P.A.T.S.
President’s Corner 2
volunteer picnic was held on
October 2nd, 2005 at Ed R. Levin
Membership Form 3 County Park in the eastern foothills
Event Calendar 4
above Milpitas. The park’s
website describes the 1,544 acre
Features site as “one of the Santa Clara
Hurricane Katrina Update 4 County’s most unique regional
Captain’s Meeting Update 7 park and recreational areas,” and it
couldn’t be more true! They have a
Critter Q & A 8 wonderful dog park where we held
Team Spotlight: our luncheon.
Valley Med. Center 10 A beatuful day at the annual picnic.
Member News 12 This year was a huge success, with
roughly 80 volunteers and their furry friends Remember to Renew
Finance 13 taking part in the festivities. We even had a Your Dues
Furry Friends Gear 14 precious kitty by the name of “Muppet” join Page 3
us and meet all the other four-legged friends.
Merchandise Order Form
Thanks to Patty & David for bringing Muppet As the year comes to a close,
along! we’re sending a reminder to all
Membership volunteers and pets who want
Renewals Due Armadillo Willy’s was our caterer and what a to remain active and continue
p. 3 great job they did. We had enough barbecue receiving uninterrupted
chicken, beans, salad, cornbread to feed an membership beneﬁts in 2006.
army, so no one went home hungry (and a Renewals were due on Dec.
Furry Friends P.A.T.S.
(Pet Assisted Therapy Services)
few even took 1st. If you haven’t renewed,
P.O. Box 5099 “doggie” bags). please complete the enclosed
San Jose, CA Not to leave form and mail it so you can
95150-5099 out the furry remain on our site rosters and
friends: we continue visiting your site(s).
www.furryfriends.org treated them to
(ask your captain for a password their favorite…
to the volunteer area)
join our Yahoo! group: Newsletter Editor
In the afternoon “Retiring”
(visit www.groups.yahoo.com and
type in “furryfriends-volunteers” in the we had a rafﬂe
text box under “Join a Group”)
with lots of It’s been a fun 2 1/2 years!
email: baskets and Interested in helping
goodies for the PATS publish the “Short
phone: Paws” newsletter? Email
(877) 4FF-PATS (877-433-7287) (continued p. 5) firstname.lastname@example.org
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President‛s Corner Furry Friends
by Sal Guardino, Furry Friends P.A.T.S. President P.A.T.S.
Our mission is to facilitate
A few months ago, Furry Friends hosted another successful the delivery of the love and
Team Captains’ meeting. At the meeting we discussed a topic affection of our volunteers
and their pets. We enhance
that we will be spending a lot of time with in 2006 – getting the lives and reopen the
more Team Captains to step forward. closed emotional doors of
people with special needs.
Furry Friends’ biggest need right now is to get more volunteers
(like you) to step forward and say “Yes, I want to be a Team BOARD OF
Captain.” We have dozens of sites that have been waiting for DIRECTORS
Sal and Casey.
years to have a team visit them – but we can’t get them up and
running without ﬁrst ﬁnding a Team Captain. Executive Committee
Additionally, many of our current teams are closed to new volunteers and more President
become closed every year. If this trend continues, we will run out of space for new Sal Guardino
volunteers, which could mean that we may have to turn them away! This cannot
and should not happen.
Do you think being a Team Captain takes too much Furry Friends‛ Secretary
time? Wrong. A Team Captain needs to either Anne Tiry
attend every visit or ﬁnd a replacement Captain biggest need right
during a visit they cannot attend. They have to now is to get more Treasurer
complete a roll sheet by checking the boxes next volunteers to step Randee McQueen
to volunteers that attend a visit and communicate
to their members about vaccinations due (all on the forward and say
roll sheet we provide to you). And lastly, they need “Yes, I want to be a
to either attend or ﬁnd a representative to attend our Team Captain.” Dianna Wallace
annual Captains’ Dinner meeting in October. That Robert Young
is all. Basically, being a Team Captain should add about 9 hours of volunteer time
PER YEAR – that’s it!! A new Team Captain can choose their team site and day/ Open Positions Include:
time of the visit. We encourage (not require) our new Captains to set a time and day New Volunteers
that is either a weeknight or weekend visit as those times make it easier to ﬁll the Existing Volunteers
team with volunteers. Merchandise
Want to know more? Great! Please look at page 5 of this newsletter for information
about a Captain’s Training class that we will be holding in January. I hope to see Newsletter
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I wish you happy and safe visits with your pet and a Happy Holidays. Remember, Rustin Communications
this is the toughest time of year for the patients that we visit and it is also the toughest 866-297-6070
time for us to make time to attend our visits. I hope you can make time for your visit email@example.com
as your visit this and next month will be especially important for those in need.
Contact Furry Friends
And, please remember that your annual membership contribution is due this month.
Thank you for your continued support. Furry Friends P.A.T.S.
(Pet Assisted Therapy Services)
Thank you. P.O. Box 5099
Sal Guardino, President San Jose, CA 95150-5099
firstname.lastname@example.org (877) 4FF-PATS (433-7287)
a CA non-proﬁt organization
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Renew Your Membership for 2006
The Perfect Gift for You & Your Pet!
Volunteering with Furry Friends is a wonderful way to share your pet’s love and affection with people in our
community who have special needs. Help us continue to deliver these services by making sure your membership
remains active. Renewals were due on December 1st. On Feb. 1st, we will begin removing any unpaid
members from site rosters and they will not be permitted to continue their visits. Hardship waivers are available
upon written request (see below).
Here are just 10 of the great beneﬁts you receive:
10. Insurance: our policy protects you if your animal injures or is injured during a visit.
9. Administrative Overhead: dues help support the administration of
our site and volunteer information.
Renew online today
8. Training: in addition to supporting the delivery of our regular “Pet www.furryfriends.org
Behavior Etiquette” classes for new members, funding also allows us to $30 individual membership
launch new training, such as our upcoming new captain training. $50 family / household membership
7. Special Services: we offer the resources of a professional Animal
Behavorist to consult with you regarding your animal’s behavior at no cost to our members.
6. Communication: we raise awareness in the community and communicate with active and prospective volunteers
via our website, newsletter, and other direct mail efforts.
5. Events: we host events such as the Picnic, Walk-a-Thon and Team Captain’s meeting.
Furry Friends waives membership
4. Marketing and Membership Development: we focus on growing the organization renewal fees in cases of hardship.
and participating in community events, such as the Holiday Parade and Bark in the Park. To request a waiver, please send
a written request (no explanation
3. Patient Services: many of our teams bring special joy to patients and clients by necessary) before January 14th to:
providing mementos from their visits with our inventory of Polaroid cameras and ﬁlm.
Furry Friends P.A.T.S. Board of
2. Patient Gifts: our teams help patients and clients help celebrate special occasions (i.e. Directors
bringing ﬂowers for Mother’s Day, etc.). P.O. Box 5099
San Jose, CA 95150-5099
1. Furry Friends is just a dog-gone great cause: membership fees are tax
2006 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL - DUE NOW
How to Renew for You and Your Pet(s) by Mail
Enclose this completed form in an envelope with a check payable to “Furry Friends P.A.T.S.” and mail to:
Furry Friends P.A.T.S., P.O. Box 5099, San Jose, CA 95150-5099
[ ] $30 One Year Individual Membership [ ] $50 One Year Household membership
MEMBER NAME(S) _______________________________________________________________________________
CITY, STATE ZIP_________________________________________________________________________________
THERAPY PET(S) NAME(S)________________________________________________________________________
YOUR VISIT SITE(S)______________________________________________________________________________
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A Helping Paw II: Furry Friends
P.A.T.S. Cares for Katrina Pets Add your pet event. Email
submitted by Randee McQueen, Treasurer
At the annual volunteer picnic members The Furry Friends
discussed helping with the animals affected by
Hurricane Katrina. The Furry Friends P.A.T.S. P.A.T.S. Board of through 12/18
18th Annual Holiday Windows
Board of Directors voted to donate $10 per Directors voted to Macy‛s Union Square
active member to local animal rescue groups San Francisco
donate $10 per active www.sfspca.org
that have helped animals brought to the Bay
Area as a result of Katrina. member to local
animal rescue groups
The groups that received money are:
• Town Cats
• Tri-Valley Animal Rescue 1/14
• Companion Animal Rescue Effort New Team Captain Training
• Pet Awareness Welfare Society for San Jose Animal Care & Services 10:30 - 11:30 am
see p. 5 in this newsletter and call or
These groups have cared for dogs and cats by providing medical care and ﬁnding email ofﬁce for details and to RSVP
them foster homes. In most cases animals that might have owners will not be
adopted until after December 31, 2005. A few have been returned to their owners 1/29
at the expense of the rescue organizations. Pet Behavior Etiquette Class
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Statistics - Katrina and the role San Jose Animal Care and Services has played www.furryfriends.org
with some of the evacuated pets:
• As of October 5, 2005 the SJAC&S received 31 dogs and 17 cats.
• At least 1 dog (a Chihuahua) and 3 cats have been returned to their owners.
As soon as the shelter knew that animals would be coming to them, they sent February 2006
a request out to the rescue organizations that work with them to accept these
animals into foster homes. The rescues that were able to take on these animals Spay & Neuter Month
are: Southbay Purebreed; Safe Haven; Town Cats; Tri-Valley Animal Rescue; www.hssv.org
Companion Animal Rescue Effort; and Toy Breed Rescue.
According to reports, 65% of the dogs received were heartworm positive. Many Pet Behavior Etiquette Class
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
needed blood tests and xrays to work with the internal infections due to the Sunnyvale
water and other circumstances. The cats also needed blood tests and ultrasounds www.furryfriends.org
for various diseases that are treatable and caused from the environment they
came from. All of these costs are being handled by each individual rescue.
Here’s a story I found about the return of pets to families…
Town Cats ﬂew two cats back to New Orleans
and their families. Cathy and Bob Brown 3/2
Bark & Whine Ball
were fostering both cats when their “families” SFSPCA & CLAW.
found them. They paid to send them back to Call CLAW at 415-522-3535
be reunited with them.
The ﬁrst kitty is Thomas. He is 13 year old 3/12
Pet Behavior Etiquette Class
short haired orange tabby. He came from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
New Orleans scared and dehydrated. After Sunnyvale
“Thomas.” Photo source unknown. www.furryfriends.org
(continued p. 6)
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Furry Friends Captains Needed
Don‛t Miss Training Class on Jan. 14th
With several team captains retiring and many new facilities requesting visits, Annual Picnic (cont’d from page 1)
Furry Friends is very much in need of new team captains. Did you know that
being a captain takes only a few extra minutes a month, yet the rewards can
last a lifetime? volunteers and
We’re pleased to introduce a class to educate members on this important role Each volunteer
in the organization. Thanks to Lynn Smith, we have a wonderful facility to was given a
host the training on Jan. 14th from 10:30–11:30am at 1600 Hamilton Place, ticket when they
SJ, 95125. At this training, we’ll cover the beneﬁts of becoming a captain, signed in, and
as well as roles and responsibilities. We’re also instituting a mentor program almost everyone
to pair active team captains with members who have expressed an interest in walked away with
becoming a captain.
All Furry Friends members can become a captain by themselves or by teaming
with a co-captain. As a captain, you’ll have the ﬂexibility to work directly Special thanks to Randee McQueen,
with the facility to determine the visit dates/times which suit your schedule. Loree McQueen, Anne Tiry, Robert
You can either take over an existing team or help set up Furry Friends site Young, and Cathy Reed for all their
visits at a new facility. As a member of our leadership team, you’ll work hand- help in making this another great
in-hand with other team captains to help set the direction of the organization. picnic.
If you are interested in becoming a captain, please let us know. We invite you
to sign up for the team captain class by calling the ofﬁce at 1-877-4FF-PATS
or send an email to email@example.com.
Entertainment Book Fundraiser
A portion of the proceeds (10-20% based on volume sold) beneﬁt Furry Friends P.A.T.S.
These make a great gift for family, friends, petsitters, groomers, co-workers and clients!
Save up to 50%!
(participants vary by book)
Qty. Cost County Fine & casual dining
Airline & car rental discounts
Total Hotel discounts
____ $25 San Jose/Santa Clara $_________ Golf
Professional sporting events
Art Museums & Galleries
____ $25 Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties $_________
____ Add $5 Postage/handling $_________ Historical Landmarks
Total Enclosed $_________ ...and much more!
Out of town books can also be ordered. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail checks with this form to: Furry Friends P.A.T.S, P.O. Box 5099, San Jose, CA 95150
Order Forms & payments via check must be received via mail no later than the end of December 2005.
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Katrina (continued from page 4)
giving him ﬂuids, a bath and of course a great deal of love he recovered quickly. His story is that the families’ vet
went to their home and rescued their dog and cats. They were taken to a shelter before the hurricane hit. All the
pets were separated and their collars removed! The family started looking after the hurricane and luckily have
found all of their pets.
The second kitty was a young calico girl, Arabella was also
fostered by Bob and Cathy. Arabella came in with a very hoarse
meow from crying so much on her journey. When she ﬁrst arrived
they thought she had more black than white on her, but after
bathing and grooming herself - she was spotless and all white
again! Now she has been also reunited with her family.
Both of these cats along with all others they have rescued have
been tested for leukemia/FIV and received a complete health
exam ($100). All have also been microchipped and both cats
received a new TC collar before sending them on their way.
What a great job Town Cats has done.
“Arabella.” Photo source unknown.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
by Randee McQueen, Treasurer
The Board hears many ideas from members of ways to beneﬁt the
people that we service. One of those suggestions was to buy Polaroid
ﬁlm for those teams that like to take pictures and leave them with the
clients. Polaroid recently offered a purchase deal we felt would beneﬁt
all. We have purchased a Polaroid camera for every team, along with
cases of ﬁlm, picture holders and a bag to hold it all.
At most facilities we are only allowed to take Polaroid pictures, which
are to be left with clients. To make those pictures even more special,
Photo from E. Winkler.
we have purchased cardholders for the pictures. We have put on the
Furry Friends logo so that family members will know who took the
Any captain who did not attend the Captain’s meeting (see p. 7) is welcome to contact our administrator or me at the
ofﬁce to obtain a Polaroid pack. Whenever a captain needs more ﬁlm and or cards all you need to do is ask for more.
Shop Albertsons - Give Back to Furry Friends!
Did you know that Furry Friends is one of the many community organizations that beneﬁts from the support of
Albertsons supermarkets? Any time cardholders show their card at the cash register, a portion of the sale is donated to
Furry Friends. If you need to replace your card or if you joined Furry Friends before we instituted this program, just
let us know and we’ll send one out. Email email@example.com or call the ofﬁce and we’ll be glad to help. -jr
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Report from the Captain‛s Meeting
by Elan Winkler, Vice President
On Monday evening, October 17th, the Furry Friends captains got together for their annual meeting. We had a
record turnout, with almost every team represented.
At the meeting, we discussed the new vaccination policy
adopted last year. We stressed that annual physicals are
required for every animal active in Furry Friends visits
and that the veterinarian needs to specify on the form the
expiration date for each vaccine administered to our pets.
Any questions on this policy can be addressed to your team
We also discussed the organization’s need for new captains.
We have a number of sites who have approached us about
forming teams, but we don’t have enough captains to go
around. We brainstormed ideas on how to get more people
Julie answering questions. Photo submitted by volunteering to be captains and decided upon a mentor
E. Winkler. program. Existing captains will take people interested in
learning how to become a captain under their wings and help
with any issues that might occur. Lynn Smith has volunteered to help out with the mentor program. If you
are interested in becoming a team captain, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up for the new captain
training class being held on January 14th (see article
located on p. 5 for details).
Joanna Snyder has volunteered to help Furry Friends to
set up new sites. She will be visiting the site, talking with
the facilitators and working with the new captain to ensure
that everything is working smoothly.
We’d like to thank both Joanna and Lynn for helping out
with these important programs.
“Menlo” relaxing after dinner. Photo submitted by
The annual captains’ meeting was highlighted with Polaroid E. Winkler.
cameras for each team (see article on p. 6 of this newsletter
for more information about this generous donation). Now, every team has a new Polaroid camera that can be
used to take pictures of our animals with the patients. The pictures can be framed and left with the clients as a
reminder of the love our animals graciously share.
...we want to thank the
captains for all they Furry Friends has been very active in the community during this past
year. We’ve been represented at art gallery openings, art festivals,
do, month in and month
company volunteer fairs, and open houses. Lynn Smith has volunteered
out, to help us fulﬁll our to help us get even more exposure next year. If your company
mission and bring the love hosts a volunteer day, please let us know. You can send a note to
of our animals to those in email@example.com or call the ofﬁce at our new, toll-free phone
our community who need number: 1-877-4FF-PATS. Anyone is welcome to join our captains at
next year’s dinner. Please let us know if you’re interested.
it the most.
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by Julie Bond, Pet Behaviorist
Julie Bond works with Furry Friends, P.A.T.S. as our Animal Behaviorist. This column features some of the questions she gets from members.
Want to better understand your pet’s behavior? Contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to identify yourself as a Furry Friends
Q: I attended a recent Etiquette Class and have a question about something you talked about there.
Normally, I walk my dog using a pinch collar. If I don’t use a pinch collar, he pulls like crazy. Some-
times, he even pulls with the pinch collar on! I know from class that we aren’t supposed to use pinch
collars for our visits. What should I be using? I have a terriﬁc dog, and I think he’ll make a great
therapy dog, I just don’t know what to do about the pulling. - L. in Santa Cruz
A: Dogs pull on leash for many different reasons and some dog breeds pull more than others naturally (think
about those mushing Siberian Huskies!). It’s also important to determine if the method you are using to control
the pulling is really working. If your dog still pulls despite the pinch collar, then this really isn’t working for you
either. A dog wearing a pinch collar is supposed to understand that if he pulls, he will be punished. I see many
dogs wearing pinch collars who not only are wearing them wrong (hanging loosely around their necks like heavy
necklaces), but who are willing to take the pinch to their skin to get where they want to go. A pinch collar needs
to be ﬁtted properly so that very slight pressure on the leash delivers a warning to the dog. As you learned in
class, we don’t allow pinch collars on our therapy visits because we feel that there is a risk to the people that we
visit who might get their hands caught under a pinch collar.
So, how to stop the pulling. First, you and your dog need to work on polite walking indoors before moving outside
where there are a lot of distractions. Start inside with your dog on a regular ﬂat collar and leash. If he’s jumping
higher than your head and yanking you to the door, drop the leash and walk away. Let him drag the leash around
for a while until its mere presence is no longer so stimulating. Once you can pick the leash up and have him not
pull toward the door, begin walking, holding the leash loosely in your hand. Have some wonderful treats handy
and reward him for looking at you and paying attention to you. If he starts to pull one direction, turn quickly and
move the other way. Don’t yank on the leash; simply change your direction. Vary your pace; if he steps in front
of you, walk right through him. The idea here is for the dog to be watching you and trying to match your pace in
order to earn yummy treats. Once you are comfortably walking this way indoors, you can move outside. Start
in an area with minimal distractions and work up to a busy, high foot trafﬁc area. If your dog starts pulling you
toward someone or something don’t yank him back, simply change directions.
If you ﬁnd that he can walk with you just ﬁne inside, but outside is still a battle, you may want to consider using
either a Gentle Leader Head Halter on him or the Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness. Both devices are kinder to
the dog than a pinch collar or choke chain and both discourage a dog from needless pulling. They are training
tools, however, and as such need to be ﬁtted properly by someone who knows what they are doing. Seek out a pet
professional who can help you ﬁnd the right size for your dog and show you how to properly ﬁt the different har-
nesses. Your dog may resist at ﬁrst, but through repeated exposures to the harness, paired with treats and praise,
he will come to understand that wearing the harness brings good things, including his daily walks! It is absolutely
ﬁne to attend your visits with your dog wearing either one of these harnesses. If you continue to have problems,
please let us know. Don’t let a pulling dog keep you from attending and enjoying your visits!
Q: Recently, we lost our older dog to cancer. We have a second dog and she’s the one who participates
in Furry Friends. I keep thinking we should get a second dog to keep her company during the day
(Critter Q&A continued p. 9)
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Critter Doctor (continued from page 8)
when we are at work. My husband doesn’t agree. He thinks she’s happy by herself. What is your
opinion on this? - M. in Mountain View
A: I’m sorry for the loss of your older dog. I’m sure that her death has been hard on you all. Even if your two
dogs did not play together or spend much time together, they still were members of the same household and the
presence of one effected the other. Having said that, it doesn’t sound like you’re having any trouble with your
second dog. She isn’t destructive, she isn’t barking and disturbing the neighbors, she isn’t trying to escape from
the yard, and she’s behaving normally (eating, drinking water, playing with her toys, going for walks, etc.). It
really doesn’t seem that your second dog is bored or lonely at this point in time. She may in fact be enjoying
her time as “the only dog.” She isn’t competing for attention and affection with an older, inﬁrmed dog and may
actually be enjoying her new status.
If you truly feel that she is home alone too many hours during the day, why don’t you explore doggie daycare for
her or even a dog walker a couple times a week? Either of these options would afford her some social time and
reduce your anxiety about leaving her home alone, but would not bring along the added stress of a new pet.
The best reason for acquiring a new dog is that you and your husband really want another dog, not that you think
your current dog needs a companion. Many dogs do just ﬁne as “only children” and really seem to thrive in that
environment. Unless you really have your heart set on being a multi-dog household (with all the pitfalls and glee
that entails), I’d keep things just the way they are.
By Star Sinclair
Furry Friends and I want to thank the following people and their furry friends
for volunteering at Bark in the Park on September 17, 2005:
Anne Tiry & Robert Young with Sophie, Buddy & Rusty
Joan Peterson and Heidi
Joanna Snyder and Cassie
Nancy Smith and Prancer Furry Friends
Sandy Gaber and Woofer extends heartfelt
Cassie Niswonger and Missy sympathy to the
Barbara Horn and Mini-Me owners of pets
Barbara Fox and Levi who have earned
Judi Lipp, with Mr. Hollywood (Ares) & Devil Dog (Stitch) their wings:
Chris Brown and Kero
Anne Giansiracusa and Mickey “Heidi”
Without these wonderful volunteers, we could not have a booth. The day was
wonderful and we had a well-shaded spot. Oh what fun this event is! “Wayne”
An extra thanks to Anne Tiry and Robert Young for being there to help me set
up and Chris Brown for taking everything down for me and helping me load Anne Tiry & Robert
everything up. Also, thanks to Judy Lipp for lending me a large water container Young
so the dogs wouldn’t be thirsty. Thanks also to Sal Guardino for bringing and
picking up the supplies from my home.
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Secret and I
by Lynn Smith, Team Captain
2nd Thursday Visit
Valley Medical Center, Spinal Cord and Head Trauma Wards
A few years ago, on my yearly outing to Bark in the Park, I saw a booth that
piqued my interest. So began my involvement with Furry Friends.
I have always been It has been almost four years since “Secret,”
my Aromas-born Rat Terrier and I began our
a believer in giving journey with this outstanding organization. I
back to those less have always been a believer in giving back
fortunate to those less fortunate than ourselves. Secret,
on the other hand, just couldn’t quite make it
as an aspiring pet actor. So with his smarts, and my tenaciousness, I thought
Furry Friends would be the perfect solution. What a fabulous journey this has
We immediately signed up for the appropriate training. Secret did well. Mom
not so well, but since we are a team we were able to learn from each other,
and the reinforcement of my peers on the various teams we joined. Plus, the
overwhelming response and appreciation from those we visited: Mission Oaks
– Skilled Nursing Unit; Santa Clara County Children‘s Shelter; Green Hills
Manor Convalescent Home; and Valley Medical Center.
When the Team Captain of the Mission Oaks site transferred out of state, she
asked me if I would consider leading the team. I did not think twice. I took on
the challenge. She mentored me on-site, and a few individual one-on-ones, and
Furry Friend “Secret.” Photo courtesy of
I felt comfortable with my new responsibility. My team was supportive, and
pleased with my decision.
Earlier this year, Mission Oaks advised us that they were going to restructure
...animals have the true their building and programs. Although, my team was disappointed, we knew
sense and ability to give we wanted to remain together, but where? Furry Friends is a commitment to
back to those who need the community which we all felt strongly about. One night after a meeting, we
brainstormed. I opted to search facilities that would meet our criteria, and told
it the most. the Board and Administration of our dilemma.
Valley Medical Center heard about our plight, and invited us to do a 2nd visit at the Spinal Cord and Head Trauma
wards. After I discussed this with Syd Tierney, Team Captain of the 1st Thursday visit at VMC, the Board and
Administrator, and my wonderful team, we began our new visits. The patients we visit radiate with their twice-
a-month visits by the wide array of dog friends. I would say cats,
animals, and birds, but alas we have none on our team. The antics and Share your team‛s story in
loving the dogs give to the patients, from going to a community room our next newsletter!
or a special visit to a patient’s room , is a true a reminder that animals Email the editor at email@example.com.
have the true sense and ability to give back to those who need it the
Learn more by contacting the Furry Friends ofﬁce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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our Polo Shirts, we were referred to NBN Sports.
While You Shop! Rick and Kathleen Nunes at NBN Sports are very supportive of Furry Friends. Whether we
have a big or small order to place with them, they always take the time to help us.
JOIN NBN continues to be a long-time supporter of our annual fundraising events, including
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NBN SPORTS (408) 275-9448 (800) 597-9897
Here’s a fun,
Register by Phone new way to give
Use our group name & ID number when something back...
eScrip Group Name
Host a special Creative
Pet Assisted Therapy Services Memories Workshop and 10%
Group ID Number
of all proceeds will be donated
144028815 to Furry Friends PATS!
There is an annual fee of $10 to Photo Albums, Classes and
register.This fee is charged to your Workshops For information call:
credit card when you sign up for an Jessica Shlager
account. If you have questions, please Independent Sales Consultant
send email to email@example.com (408) 241-1472
or call (408) 280-6171.
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Special thanks to
the Valley Medical
team for sharing
their visit on
We know you‛re not camera
shy! Send us your Holiday
2005 photos! We’ll include
them in a future issue of “Short
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAN YOU HELP?
Members are needed for these teams: Membe a
a 2nd s ining
El Camino Hospital Adolescent Health Unit ite!
Paciﬁc Coast Manor
Saint Louise Regional Hospital
To learn more about these sites and ﬁnd out how you can help,
visit furryfriends.org or contact email@example.com.
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Furry Friends Financial Update
Prepared by Randee McQueen, Treasurer
Furry Friends, Pet Assisted Therapy Services
Proﬁt and Loss
December 2004 through November 2005
Run Your Advertisement Dec '04 - Nov '05
Entertainment Books 288.00
Ettiquiette Class 700.00
Foundations and Grants
Advertising in Short Paws provides Valley Foundation- Data Base 15,000.00
local businesses with a cost-effective Total Foundations and Grants 15,000.00
opportunity to reach members and Albertsons 542.20
supporters of Furry Friends P.A.T.S. E-Scrip 794.24
who receive our newsletter in the mail Greatergood.com 16.69
or on the web each quarter. Total Fundraising 1,415.63
Individual Donations 730.00
Interest Income 674.77
1/4 PAGE Membership Dues 8,332.44
1/2 PAGE Merchandise
FULL PAGE Walk A Thon - Income
Entries- donation 1,750.00
Entries- nondonation 700.00
Help support our non-proﬁt efforts and grow 2,729.25
your business at the same time! Become an Total Walk A Thon - Income 6,404.25
advertising partner today. Total Income 34,625.71
Beneﬁts: Bank Charges
Entertainment Books Exp
Target local pet enthusiasts Insurance 360.00
Katrina Support 2,000.00
Cost-effective packages Meeting Expense 50.00
Not a designer? We can help. Bark In the Park 156.00
Total Misc. Event 156.00
Contact: Copies 2,024.29
Joanna Rustin at firstname.lastname@example.org Data Base Convrsion 10,938.67
or call 866-297-6070 Postage 1,882.67
Total Office 15,327.46
state tax 10.00
Subcontractor Services 9,742.85
Cute Furry Puppies! Telephone
Captains Meeting 1,383.32
We knew that would get YOUR attention. Are Patient Gifts 129.80
you a Furry Friend Fan who likes to get your Polaroid 1,888.20
paws involved in writing and editing? Why T-shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas 2,375.96
Volunteer Dinner 1,461.40
not help publish this newsletter!?! Volunteer Gifts 253.59
Volunteer Lunch 1,349.09
Give us a bark over at the Short Paws Total Volunteer Support
Walk A Thon
ofﬁce and we’ll tell you about this Activity Fees 251.00
purrfectly fulﬁlling role in the organization. General Expenses 1,063.22
Heck...I liked it so much I stayed for Total Walk A Thon 1,314.22
Web Hosting Fee 105.00
2 1/2 years! Email Joanna Rustin at Total Expense 42,310.80
email@example.com Net Income -7,685.09
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Furry Friends, P.A.T.S. Logo Merchandise
Order online at www.furryfriends.org or use the order form on the back of this page.
Contact us before placing your order to check availability. Most sizes can be ordered if they aren’t in stock.
Embroidered Products Special Offer
Sleeveless vest $35 Adjustable Khaki w/ Navy, Guardian Angel Tags
Long-sleeved pullovers full zip front XS-XL Maroon, Ivy or Charcoal $10
For dogs or cats. Inscribed on
back: “Guardian Angel, watch
over me guide me home safe-
ly and keep me from harm’s
Proceeds support Furry Friends
and the Dove Lewis Canine
Blood Donor Program. Help us
supply our patients and the
Sweatshirt $35 Portland area veterinarians
Polo Shirt $30 with a safe supply of blood
Pique Knit (men’s sizes) Jeans Shirt $40 90% Cotton
products to treat potential life-
Colors: Lake or Cobblestone S-3XL; 100% Cotton S-4XL (unisex) S-2XL (Unisex, grey) threatening situations.
Heather Gray S only
Silk Screened Products
2-Tone Canvas Tote $20 Foldable Pet T-Shirt $12 Bandanas $10
Natural w/ Navy, Black, Blanket $20 Silk Screened front & back. S 12”, L 14”, XL 20”
or Spruce S-2XL (unisex sizing)
14”w x 14.5”h x 5.5”d
HOW TO ORDER:
Mail your order form on the next page or order 4 foot Leashes
online at www.furryfriends.org $5
5/8”, 3/4”, 1”
teal - all sizes
For questions, contact: purple - 1” only
Furry Friends, PATS
Logo Pin $4 License Plate
P.O. Box 5099 Frame $5
San Jose, CA 95150-5099
408-280-6171 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
$30 Individual $50 Family/Household
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Furry Friends, P.A.T.S.
Merchandise Order Form
View our catalogue in each issue of Short Paws , or visit the Furry Friends store at www.furryfriends.org to shop and pay online. To order
by mail, circle your size or color choices, mark the quantity, add up your merchandise, and send in your order with your payment by
check. California sales tax is already reflected in the price of each item.
Category / Item Price Size (circle one) Color (circle one) Quantity Total
Cat Guardian angel tag $10.00
Dog Guardian angel tag $10.00
EMBROIDERED LOGO ITEMS
Polar Fleece Vest $35.00 XS S M L XL Black Light Gray
Polar Fleece Pullover $40.00 XS S M L XL Black Light Gray
S M L XL 2XL 3XL Lake Cobblestone
Polo Shirt $30.00
S Heather Gray
Sweatshirt $35.00 S M L XL 2XL Grey
Jean Shirt $40.00 S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL Blue
Caps $18.50 Khaki w/ Navy Maroon Ivy Charcoal
SILK SCREENED LOGO ITEMS
Furry Friends T-Shirt $12.00 S M L XL 2XL Caribbean Blue
2-Tone Canvas Tote $20.00 Natural w/ Navy Black Spruce
Foldable Pet Blanket $20.00 Green
Bandanas $10.00 S/12" L/14" XL/20" Teal
Logo Pin $4.00
4 Foot Leashes $5.00 5/8" 3/4" 1" Teal Purple (1" only)
License Plate Frame $5.00
$30.00 Individual - 1 Year
$50.00 Family/Household - 1 Year
CITY, ST ZIP:_______________________________________________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS :____________________________________________________________
Furry Friends, P.A.T.S.
TOTAL OF CHECK ENCLOSED: $_________________
P.O. Box 5099
Please make checks payable to Furry Friends, PATS and send to: San Jose, CA 95150-5099
NOTE: Returned checks will incur a $10 fee. email@example.com
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PET ASSISTED THERAPY SERVICES
P.O. BOX 5099
SAN JOSE, CA 95150-5099
Vol. 11 / No. 4 Winter 2005
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
• Picnic & Captain’s Meeting Recaps
• Help for Hurricane Katrina Pets Friendly Reminder to Pay Your 2006 Member Dues p. 3
• Dues Renewal Form New toll-free #877-4FF-PATS (433-7287)
• Furry Friends Gear
When you shop at Expedition Outﬁtters your “Gear for the Working Dog” purchases help a number of
organizations. We donate ISP services to non-proﬁt organizations, including Web space, email discussion
lists, and eCommerce services. We have two levels of Web space where groups can park their Web pages
and even their domain names. We currently administer almost a dozen email discussion lists using a new
server, backup system, ﬁrewall and Internet connection.
For groups who partner with us we can also provide eCommerce Web pages for them to sell their
club merchandise using all major credit cards and
“PayByCheck” service. Currently, we provide these
services free to organizations such as Furry Friends, Furry Friends thanks Expedition Outﬁtters
PATS and several local dog rescue groups. for its continued support.
We have a complete line of working dog gear, We encourage you to visit their
including KEMA Dog Sleds. We have three different online store!
types of dog boots, three types of harnesses,
and all the other gear you might need for dog sledding, www.expeditionoutﬁttersonline.com
carting, skijoring, backpacking or just walking your
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