Visiting Pet Program volunteer orientation will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 13, at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie, Harahan.

The 100 pet-and-handler teams of the Visiting Pet Program provides animal-assisted therapy services at 20 nursing homes and hospitals in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits participate, “Bringing Love and Leaving Smiles.” The Visiting Pet Program also provides a literacy project, Reading to Rover, at Jefferson Parish libraries to help beginning readers practice reading aloud.

The orientation session is for humans only; no pets permitted. There is a $10 fee to attend, and pre-registration is required. To register, send email to The program’s website is