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ABOUT Josephine DeAngelis – President*

Josephine and her Bulldog Lucy and Tessa are advocates for reading appreciation in our community and the value and freedom it holds. They have quite the following at local libraries.

They hope to increase the joy of reading by engaging children to read to Lucy, Tessa and our Angel Readers.

Lucy has close to 300 visits and her stories can be found on Facebook and YouTube at Lucy’s Library.

The newest addition to her family is her rescue Tessa, an American bulldog mix. Tessa has become a therapy dog as well in 2021 and is quite the happy pup.

Josephine is retired from working in cardiac safety for clinical trials where she performed critical analysis and presented to sites worldwide. She has instructed dance classes to children for 11 years both competitive and for enjoyment. When not working, she, Lucy and Tessa can be found in her garden with her husband Jerry.

For the past 7 years, Josephine and her dogs attend rally classes weekly at the Canine Academy.

As President her main goal is to bring members together so that we can continue to bring the benefits of comfort and joy to our community. 

As an evaluator for Angel on a Leash she values the importance of on going training for handlers and their champions and provides mentorship to all members.



ABOUT Michelle Sparling - VP and acting Secretary*

Michelle is the Vice President of AOAL.  Currently Michelle is also filling the role of secretary as we search for a permanent secretary.

Michelle searched for a dog for many years.  Being allergic to most fur babies, she was thrilled to discover she was not allergic to the Portuguese Water Dog breed and welcomed Maverick to the family.  Being an active dog, Michelle knew Maverick needed a job to do and pursued therapy work.  Maverick became a therapy dog in September, 2019 and has been involved in children’s reading programs.  Michelle is eager for the pair to explore more therapy work opportunities.  In Maverick’s spare time, he enjoys visiting with all of his neighbors both human and dogs alike, going for long walks, jumping in big piles of leaves, romping through creeks and walking in the snow.

Michelle works for Networks for Training and Development, Inc., a training and consulting non-profit with strong ties to the disability community.




ABOUT Ellen Idelson - Treasurer*

Ellen is an accountant by trade.  She will be retiring in April from the Philadelphia ophthalmology firm where she has been working for the last 18 years.

Ellen has been an active volunteer for a number of organizations including the New Jersey based ARF (Animal Rescue Force) and docent for Graeme Park, the only existing provisional governor's mansion in Pennsylvania.

Although Ellen is not an AOAL Champion, she has a connection to AOAL through her husband Ira, the AOAL website administrator, and their dog, Thor. It was Ellen's urging that prompted Ira to get Thor certified for therapy work. Ellen is a Champion Support member.

We welcome Ellen to AOAL
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 ABOUT Ira Idelson – Website Manager

 Ira is a retired software engineer.  He now spends his time cycling (he puts more miles on his bicycle than on his car), helping AOAL with committees and website management,  and doing jigsaw puzzles..

 Thor was rescued at 1 year of age and noting his calm demeanor,  Ira decided to get Thor certified as a therapy dog.  Thor was certified in October 2021 and has been a member of AOAL since then.  Currently Thor and Ira spend about 4 hours a week visiting Jefferson Torresdale hospital, where his weekly visits provide comfort and stress relief for staff, patients and visitors alike.

 Ira currently has three other rescue dogs as well; Chloe a 15 year old Cockapoo, Mo, a12 year old Miniature Poodle and Pretzel, a 5 year old Standard Poodle.




ABOUT Linda Weingard – Event Coordinator

Linda is a Registered Nurse and has worked at the American Red Cross for 35 years.

Linda is an avid animal lover. Over the years, her menagerie has included many reptiles, fish, spiders, rodents, birds, pot-belly pigs, cats and dogs. She currently has an African Grey parrot, a Sulcata tortoise, a Blue Tongue Skink, a Flemish Giant bunny, and a large Koi pond.

This crowd is rounded out with 3 dogs. Abby, who was deserted in the woods as a puppy. Torga is a Golden/Lab mix puppy that Linda is training to be a service dog for Canine Companions for Independence.

Linda and Phoebe, a Boxer/Pit mix are new to therapy work. They started their therapy work in 2019. Phoebe especially loves going to the elementary school and interacting with the children. Linda's grandchildren, Colin and Alyssa, love to help during Therapy dog training and testing. They are great "distracters".  Linda lives in Bensalem with her husband Jim.


ABOUT Linda Somers – Angel Wings
(Champion Team Mentor)

Linda has had a love of dogs her whole life. She has worked as an assistant trainer. For over 30 years Linda and her husband have had Dobermans. They really enjoy training them as they are very intelligent and love to work. Training included Agility which they enjoyed due to the fast course and Rally obedience to keep their focus on listening to commands.

Linda and her husband got Jack who became their second therapy dog. Jack was almost two when he passed the therapy test. He is now 4 1/2 and visits all his friends weekly at nursing and dementia facilities. Jack loves making the patients smile and enjoys his visits.

 
 

Mission Statement

 Angel on a LeashTM, Inc. (AOAL), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides volunteer therapy dog handler teams (Champions) to visit with anyone that would benefit from the human-canine bond in enhancing human health and quality of life. All handler-dog teams (Champions) are tested, certified, and registered by AOAL.  Additionally, during scheduled visits, our Champion teams are insured by AOAL.  


Angel on a LeashTM

a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization     

13 Summit Square   #136   

Langhorne, PA 19047 

215-478-6762     

info@angelonaleash-dog.org


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