California

Angeles Valley Foothill

Love on a Leash®

The Angeles Valley Foothill chapter was established in March of 2016. Our chapter coordinates multiple group visits at senior living facilities and memory care units, schools, universities, and hospitals; we also receive requests to visit corporations in various industries and to participate in community outreach educating people about pet therapy. When needed, we join nearby LOAL chapters and therapy dog/handler teams to respond to emergency circumstances, comforting both victims and first responders. Some of our more unique visits include Universal Studios, CBS and NBC offices, and the US Coast Guard ships docked in the Los Angeles Harbor.

Kathy with Caelia & Votan
Monica with Augie & Rose
Linda & Olive

Meet Our Co-Leaders

Kathy Spilos lives in Northridge with her husband Dean and their German Shepherd Dog, Votan, their fourth GSD – all certified therapy dogs. When not visiting, Kathy participates in dog performance sports, madrigal/choral singing and is an AKC CGC Evaluator. Though she loves many aspects of being a therapy dog/handler team such as spending time with Votan and meeting people, the best part of volunteering is giving back to the community one "pawstep" at a time - and sometimes seeing special little miracles happen because of it!

Monica Nolan grew up around animals and first became interested in therapy work while working at an animal shelter where she observed the strong bond between humans and dogs. Monica’s first therapy dog was Mikko, a quiet Australian Shepherd who loved people. Mikko's legacy continues with Augie and Rose. In addition to therapy work, Monica trains and competes in several dog sports and is an AKC Evaluator. She loves that pet therapy is a positive activity for dog and handler to engage in that gives back to the community.

Linda Brooks is a valley girl born and raised. She earned her master’s degree at CSUN in Family and Consumer Sciences. As a guest lecturer at CSUN, Linda enjoys this unique opportunity to share the benefits of pet therapy visits with students entering the healthcare industry in a hands-on presentation with LOAL teams. In addition to LOAL visits, Linda and her yellow Labrador Retriever Olive participate in dog performance sports of obedience and scent work. Linda is also an AKC CGC evaluator.
Kathy Spilos
Chapter Leader
Monica Nolan
Chapter Leader
Linda Brooks
Chapter Leader

Chapter Information

69

Number of Active Teams

62

Number of Active Handlers

68

Number of Dogs

1

Number of Cats

0

Number of Rabbits

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