Our History

Caring Canines Visiting Therapy Dogs, Inc. started as an informal group of handlers and their registered therapy dogs.  We began visiting together and soon had a steady visitation schedule.  We called our small program “Hug a Pet” as it seemed most descriptive of what we were offering with our four little dogs.

Caring Canines is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors:

  • Executive Director: Sandra Luikenhuis
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Gale Halpern
  • Treasurer: Sue Wartman
  • Scheduling Coordinator: Dorsey Arnold
  • Applicants Coordinator: Lisa Lewis
  • Clerk: Sue Pepin
  • Registration Renewals: Karen Stone
  • Reminders Coordinator: Jen Piliero
  • Entertainment Team Coordinator: Lucie Chag