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Therapy Animals of San Antonio

Bringing People and Animals Together for Healing


News - 2016

November 29, 2016 - Congratulations to Sandy Blalock whose design was chosen to be on our 19th Annual Fiesta® Pooch Parade T-shirts and used in our marketing of the parade. She joined Therapy Animals of San Antonio in April 2016. She and her dog Morgan became a registered Pet Partners team two months later.

November 29, 2016 - We would like to recognize and congratulate the following members who received awards at our Annual Meeting on November 13. Versatile Award - David Newman (Rex - deceased) and Liz Shively (Faith); Rising Star Award - Martha Whitney (Dixie); Power of the Team Award - Kassia and Steve Fontenot (Bellin); Above and Beyond Award - Melissa Allen-Jones (Maggie, Mylie), Jenny Cordell (Roxxii), Bev Oakes (Tessa), Malinda Red Cloud (Bonnie), Alicia Thompson (Isis), and Charlotte Wenger (Luka); Visiting Award - Graham Bishop (Victoria) and Donna Schweitzer (Bailey); Dedication Award - Lucy Destin (Cisco) and Bonnie Mayers (Jack); and Volunteer of the Year - Lynda Melendez (Chesney, Pax). We also want to take this opportunity to thank Lynda Melendez, Jeanne Melendez, and Malinda Red Cloud for all of their work on the Annual Meeting. Among other things, they reserved the site, decorated the tables, organized the games, and prepared the food.

November 13, 2016 - Congratulations to Viking, Tammy Castro-Leduc's therapy dog, who has been selected to be King Anbarkio X, our official Fiesta® representative.

October 19, 2016 - Congratulations to our new and renewing teams from the October 8 evaluations. They are Melissa Allen-Jones and Mylie, Graham Bishop and Victoria, Phyllis Blair and Curby, Michelle DeAtley and Latte, Brenda Leiser and Fred, and Marilyn Mitton and Ace.

October 4, 2016 - Four of our six Ronald McDonald House teams attended the ribbon cutting event for the house at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Pictured are Neven Jones and Lisa, Ginny Flanders and Emma, Donna Schweitzer and Bailey, and Dan Lindahl and Moose.

September 18, 2016 - Congratulations to the following new and renewing teams from the September 10 evaluations. They are Jeanne Melendez and Pax, Lynda Melendez and Chesney, Debbie Parashak and Hailey, and Debbie Parashak and Skylar.

September 18, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for September are Crystal Craig (Cooper), Dan Lindahl (Moose), and David Newman (Rex). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams! Future teams will be featured about one year after they became a registered team.

August 19, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for August are Lucy Destin (Cisco), Donna Dickerson (Faith), Susan Koppang (Beau), and Cindy Page (Willie). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

July 19, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for July are Evan Douphrate (Brandy), Bonnie Mayers (Jack), Marilyn Kruse (King Tut), and Kassia Kubena Fontenot (Bellin). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

June 19, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for June are Graham Bishop (Victoria), Norma Brooks (Shanti), Gilda Cruz-Romo (Callie), and Traci Wilson (Tex). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

June 11, 2016 - Congratulations to our new and renewing teams from the June 4 evaluations.  They are Sandy Blalock and Morgan, Gerald Dubinski and Bonnie, Kathi France and Zac, Beverly Hebert and Nikki, Shelly Kueter and Kane, Hannamae Leonhart and Jethro, Vanessa Leonhart and Jethro, Donna Schweitzer and Bailey, Hilda Statz-Baida and Pierre, and Alicia Thompson and Isis.

May 21, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for May are Pat Durcan (Fancy), Marilyn Mitton (Ace), and Liz Shively (Faith). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

April 22, 2016 - Vice-president Steve Fontenot and three of our teams appeared on Fox 29's Daytime at Nine this morning.

April 19, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for April are Tammy Castro-Leduc (Viking), Ginny Flanders (Emma), Kathi France (Zac and Duncan), Donna Schweitzer (Bailey), and Mary Kay Stewart (Dooley). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

April 11, 2016 - Read about King Anbarkio in the Express-News.

April 7, 2016 - Four of our eight Ronald McDonald House (RMH) teams attended a volunteer appreciation luncheon at the Guenther House today. The entire staff of the houses was there and our teams heard first hand how much their visits are valued.  Pictured are Dan Lindahl, Donna Schweitzer, RMH director Pat Bivin, Ginny Flanders, and Neven Jones.

March 30, 2016 - Junior, Beverly Oakes's therapy cat, was honored today at a retirement party given by University Health System who put together a video about Junior. KSAT 12, FOX 29, and NEWS 4 San Antonio were there for this newsworthy event.

March 21, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for March are Aileen Holeman (Prince), Brenda Leiser (Fred), and Carlynn Ricks (Hemi). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

February 25, 2016 - Our hand made Fiesta® Pooch Parade pin is available for $5.00 at the Fiesta® Store and at Therapy Animals of San Antonio Board meetings.

February 23, 2016 - Congratulations to the following new and renewing teams from the February 20 evaluations. They are Pamela Boehme and Demi, Mary Brouillette and Sonny, Gretcha Flinn and Maverick, Diane Goldsmith and Krystal, Barbara Shirley and Miles, Darby Stacey and Bisca, Carmela Ver and Mimosa, Martha Whitney and Dixie, Simon Whitney and Dixie, and Laure Zayas and Marley.

February 21, 2016 - Meet the Teams - Our featured teams for February are Membership Chair Eileen Gaughran (Chica), Therapy Team Evaluations Chair Jenny Cordell (Roxxii), StoryTails Chair Pat Storlie (QT), Webmaster Charlotte Wenger (Luka), and Pooch Parade Co-Chair Melissa Allen-Jones (Maggie and Mylie). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

January 31, 2016 - Congratulations to our new and renewing teams from the January 23 evaluations. They are Evan Douphrate and Brandy, Jeanne Douphrate and Brandy, Martin Ferguson and Maggie, Neven Jones and Lisa, Marilyn Kruse and King Tut, Lynda Melendez and Pax, Carlynn Ricks and Hemi, Randy Schmidt and Roxie, and Charlotte Wenger and Luka.

January 27, 2016 - The Board is pleased to announce this year's King Anbarkio. Congratulations to Team Luka and Charlotte Wenger. We'll look forward to seeing this team in our publicity photos!

January 21, 2016 - Meet the Teams - This month we are featuring our officers. They are President Kathy Meade (Jasper), Vice President Steve Fontenot (Bellin), Secretary Lynda Melendez (Chesney), and Treasurer Bev Oakes (Junior and Tessa). Clicking on each animal's name will take you to their team page. Have fun reading some interesting things about our teams!

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