CREATURE FEATURES   Vol. 5, issue 5, December 2016
In this issue:
2016 CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH A HUGE SUCCESS!!
THE IMPACT OF PET THERAPY - from the words of our facility partners and therapy teams
CCPT WISHES ALL OF YOU THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS
YEAR END MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SAVE THE DATE!!GET-TOGETHER & COFFEEfor ACTIVE TEAMS & VOLUNTEERS
NEWARK AIRPORT IS GOING TO THE DOGS!
VOLUNTEER NEEDED
AMAZON SMILE
2017 PET LICENSE
RECORDS AND RETENTION
Milestones and Passages
2016 CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH A HUGE SUCCESS!!
 
On October 23, the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Creature Comfort Pet Therapy was held at Brooklake Country Club. There were 230 people in attendance as we honored co-founders Joan Baer and Annie Murphy for their dedication and hard work to establish CCPT.   As guests arrived they were greeted by...
  • Therapy dogs Molly, Gracie and Charlie and their partners Carol, Ro and Mary;
  • A buffet of delicious food and Champagne;
  • Lovely harp music by Kristy Chmura;
  • Beautiful floral designs by Mercedes Cooper;
  • A variety of enticing silent auction and raffle items;
  • A moving tribute to CCPT by Mary Ann Comparetto about her daughter Laura;
  • A funny and gracious presentation by Joan and Annie;
  • A creative video, “The Pet Therapy Force Awakens”, by Stan Oakes and Steven Herz showed snippets of the history of CCPT;  
  • Students from Montclair State University led by Colleen Daly Martinez from Rutgers University, who volunteered their time to keep things running smoothly. 
  • And Elayne Wishart, who volunteered her talents to document the day in wonderful photos. 
 
As the major annual fundraiser, this year’s Champagne Brunch was the most successful to date thanks to the generosity of sponsors, attendees and donors. Those funds will be used toward maintaining the quality of work we do including
streamlining essential data systems and spreading the mission to those in need.  We are grateful to the many volunteers who gave of their time and talents toward preparing for the day, especially the Planning Committee: 
  • Bonnie Ashe
  • Joan Baer
  • Janis Borbas
  • Rona Edelman
  • Merynda Fuellhart
  • Marissa Fuellhart
  • Sue Heffernan
  • Steven Herz
  • Kathy Kloos
  • Marcia Lederman
  • Kim Levy
  • Lynn Livingston
  • Maureen Placa
  • Susan Smith
  • Chris Spina   
Thank you to the Board, staff, all the volunteers (2 and 4 legged) and the facilities that make the mission of CCPT a reality. 
 
All the best,
Mary Beth Cooney, Executive Director
 
Please visit our website at www.ccpettherapy.org for a list of our sponsors and pictures of the event.  
  
 
 
THE IMPACT OF PET THERAPY - from the words of our facility partners and therapy teams
Thank you to everyone who wrote to express what it means to visit or receive pet therapy.  We weren't able to print them all in this issue, but we will be able to use your words throughout the next year to spread the word about the impact of pet therapy.  Enjoy!
 
...They embrace him, read to him, snuggle with him, take pictures of him and for a brief time in their day, the noise stops.  The power of pet therapy is captivating and undeniable.  Cody has calmed children out of tantrums so they could rejoin their class, he’s soothed teenagers as they lay by the side of their ailing grandparents and he’s brought smiles to patients I have been told haven’t smiled in 6 months! Stacey Steifman & Cody
 
... It’s been great seeing our shy, quiet members interact with the animals and each other during the visits. I look forward to continuing to work with CCPT in the future. Amanda Kucsera, Union County Boys and Girls Club
 
...CCPT has given Ruby and me greater purpose in our community.  We benefit as much if not more than the people we serve.  CCPT is an extended family with a common mission to serve others -- we are grateful to have found you!  Kim Levy & Ruby
 
...Pet therapy reaches our most “shut down” residents.  If all else fails, the animals just have a way of breaking through their pain and giving them the opportunity to remember ‘when’! Your pets evoke: stories, laughter, conversation, movement and, sometimes, a never seen before smile!  Karen Dee, Victoria Mews
 
... No matter what is going on in my own life, a visit with Star reminds me of how just the simple act of caring and connection with others is more meaningful than anything bought in a store. It has been amazing to see how people light up when they see Star and how great I feel when I leave - no matter how I may have felt prior.  Eve Campeau & Star
 
...The dogs’ visits are the best therapy the residents experience. Irma Santiago, ADPC Director of Life Enhancement
 
...He can stimulate long conversations or charm just a few words from someone. He a loving distraction – hopefully easing pain, calming fears, and offering comfort to those who are weary, bored, or lonely. We are privileged to join him on these ventures.   Barbara & Ed Spencer & Cam
 
...Here are some quotes from our special needs students:  "I like walking the dogs. It makes me feel like I have a real dog"  "The dogs make me feel happy"  
Dan Balassone  School Social Worker  Westlake School
 
 
More quotes in the next newsletter! 
 
CCPT WISHES ALL OF YOU THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS
 
2016 has been the most amazing year for
Creature Comfort Pet Therapy:
 
Therapy Teams:  246
 
 Facilities we visited:  225
 
   Number of visits:  3500
 
Level of joy we bring 
to the thousands we visit:
IMMEASURABLE
 

 
If you would like to make a year-end donation to help CCPT continue our mission, please go to our website, www.ccpettherapy.org or send to:
CCPT, PO Box 872, Morris Plains NJ 07950
 
If you have already supported us this year,
please accept our thanks.
 
 




 
YEAR END MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 

This year has certainly flown by! Thank you to everyone who has helped me learn so much in my first year here, especially the Board and Staff.  I feel lucky to head up an organization that touches the lives of so many people. It is with great excitement that I look forward to our next year of growth and development as we continue moving the CCPT mission forward. 
 
Wishing all of our 2 and 4 legged volunteers and supporters a very happy holiday season and a healthy New Year.
 
Cheers!
 
Mary Beth  
 
 
SAVE THE DATE!!
GET-TOGETHER & COFFEE
for ACTIVE TEAMS & VOLUNTEERS
WED, JAN 11 at 6:30 PM at ARI (95 Mt. Kemble Avenue)
in Morristown.
 

 
Join us for the first team meeting of the year.  We have two speakers:
 
Anne Angelo, CCPT team & Animal Communicator, will talk about her work with animals and Peggy Grow, Soothing Paws Coordinator, will talk about the pet therapy program at MMC.  More details will be sent after the holidays.  
NEWARK AIRPORT IS GOING TO THE DOGS!
UNITED AIRLINES- December 21st, 22nd - 3 shifts of two hours each and December 23 - 1 shift from 12-2 PM.  Sign up for a shift, go to Newark Airport and meet and relieve stress for hundreds of holiday travelers.  Parking paid.
  
VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Many thanks to Dana Meyers who has been sending out e-cards to our teams for all occasions for five years. Dana has decided to retire from the card business and we are looking for a volunteer to replace her.  Will require about an hour a week and you don't have to leave the house!  Please contact Sue Heffernan if interested.
sheffernan@ccpettherapy.org  
AMAZON SMILE

 
 
 
 
 
 
If you shop, Amazon gives!  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Creature Comfort Pet Therapy.  Simply log onto smile.amazon.com; choose Creature Comfort Pet Therapy and shop as you always would.  No cost to you at all.  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4035184
2017 PET LICENSE
 
When you receive your 2017 town license, please remember to send Joan Baer a copy (take a photo or scan & email or snail mail to our PO Box). Help us keep your pet’s file up to date…
 
File early as most towns charge a hefty late fee!
 
Send a copy to Joan Baer:
 jbaer@ccpettherapy.org
 
RECORDS AND RETENTION
Thanks to Mo McEntee who has been dutifully keeping track of records and activity for the last 5 years. As Mo now has a puppy to train (hopefully as a future therapy dog), she has now handed this task over to therapy team member, Lucy Schmitt.
Welcome Lucy!
Milestones and Passages
Editor's Note:  Our apologies to Becky Fara. We mistakenly reported in the last e-news that PrisAnn was no longer with us, however she's alive and well under the good care of Becky.   
 

Creature Comfort Pet Therapy • PO Box 872 • Morris Plains, NJ 07950
http://www.ccpettherapy.org
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