Howard County

Love on a Leash®

The Howard County chapter was originally founded in 2013 by a cat team and a dog team. The chapter coordinates group visits each month at First City Recovery Center and Jefferson Manor Assisted Living, as well as various facilities in Kokomo and the surrounding towns; many members visit additional sites independently. We have also participated in community events such as Barktoberfest, the Tipton County Pork Festival and Chocolate Fest. Our chapter also plans optional social events, sometimes with the pets and sometimes just for the handlers. We take advantage of any opportunity to share our pets.

Annette with Sugar

Meet Our Leader

Annette Shelly became a Love on a Leash pet therapy team with her Shetland Sheepdog, Sweet Pea, in 2013 and certified her Rough Collie Sugar after Sweet Pea crossed the rainbow bridge in 2022. Annette is retired and pet therapy is her passion; when she is not volunteering with Love on a Leash, she enjoys crafting and volunteering through her church and support group. Annette loves many types of visits; she has precious memories of residents in memory care units responding to our pets, even when they don't respond to anything else. Her favorite part about volunteering with Love on a Leash is feeling like she is making a difference in people's lives. The chapter is a small group that feels like family and she loves the time they spend together!
Annette Shelly
Chapter Leader

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