Therapy Dog Wins Pet Mayor Election

Photo: WOBM

Biscotti poses for a photo in the sun. (Photo: WOBM)

I was honored to announce the results of Toms River, NJ's Pet Mayor election on WOBM Radio last month. The contest featured therapy dogs as the "candidates," and was created to raise awareness for the important work that therapy dogs do for the community. The winner is a little terrier mix named Biscotti, who received 33% of over 10,000 votes. Even the city's human mayor was present for the big announcement. Biscotti is a therapy dog with Caregiver Canines, which is a therapy organization that focuses on bringing happiness and smiles to senior citizens in the area. Biscotti's mayorship lasts for one year, and he'll spend that year making appearances around the city, from ribbon-cuttings to special events.

Photo: WOBM

Photo: WOBM

Caregiver Canines is a branch of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping senior citizens lead more independent lives. Currently, 30 therapy dogs are a part of the program. The therapy dogs are an integral part of this organization, and it's incredibly exciting that they have been recognized in such a substantial way. Wishing a wonderful year to Biscotti, the Pet Mayor of Toms River, NJ!

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  1. Lynette Whiteman

    November 19th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Dear Victoria - we were honored beyond words that you announced the winner of this contest and helped to make it so special. We all know how special a place in our heart dogs are and when someone gets to the age or level of illness where they can no longer adequately care for one, it is heartbreaking. Caregiver Canines and therapy dogs are just magic, and to be able to bring them right into someone's home and see that transformation is incredibly rewarding. Our hope is that by Mayor Biscotti serving as a good will ambassador for therapy dogs everywhere, people will consider getting their dogs therapy trained and sharing them with those less fortunate. Thank you, thank you again - you are incredibly busy, yet found time to help our nonprofit and we will be forever grateful. Lynette

  2. Pat Robertson

    November 20th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Just a note to thank you Victoria for the wonderful article about Caregiver Canines. It is such a wonderful group who care about seniors and bringing a wonderful experience into the homes of seniors. A visit from their special pups brings smiles and wags. Thank you again. Pat and Simon

  3. Danielle Maley

    November 21st, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Victoria- As the coordinator for Caregiver Canines I want to thank you for participating in our first Pet Mayor Election. On a daily basis I see the incredible work that our therapy dogs and their owners do. These dogs seem to know just what to do when they "go to work". The smiles on the faces of the senior citizens we visit is more than enough to convince me that dogs really do have such a bond with humans. The most common response I hear from the seniors is "I feel so much more relaxed when the dog is here". To me, that sums up our program in a nutshell. Thank you Victoria for all the work you do for dogs and their humans. Danielle

  4. Sylvia Alphonse

    November 21st, 2013 at 6:59 am

    What a wonderful article about Caregivers and the Caregiver Canines. Thank you for bringing the program, and what we do, to many more people. Biscotti is a wonderful example of our therapy dog program, and I know she'll be a great Pet Mayor.

  5. Ginger Harris

    November 21st, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Thank you Victoria! I was just with one of our Canine Care Receivers yesterday and she just loves her visits from her canine friend! She's 98 and loves her 'grandchild' dog; she can spend time, love him and then give him back :-) Thank you for all that you do!

  6. Rebecca Maxwell

    November 21st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hi Victoria-Thank you for your support of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey! The pet therapy program is so vital to the organization because of the proven benefits that it gives to our receivers. Thank you for acknowledging it and hopefully bringing awareness of the program to those who weren't aware of that service we offer. Rebecca-CVCJ Development Associate

  7. Rivka finkelstein

    November 21st, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you so much for the lovely article on your website!! Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is such a wonderful caring organization and I am proud to be a part of it. The Caregiver Canine program is a unique and special program that helps people to feel joy, comfort and companionship through its volunteers and their animal friends. Thank you for recognizing the value of what we are all trying to accomplish...improving the lives of others.

  8. Laura Drozd

    November 21st, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This is such a great article about the Caregiver Canines program. It's wonderful that you highlight the Pet Mayor, and showcase what a great job is being done by everyone involved :) Not only do the dogs put a smile on the faces of the elderly, it puts a smile on the volunteers' faces to see that help is going where it's needed!

  9. Alina

    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Hi Victoria- What a great article about Caregivers and the Caregiver Canines. Thank you for all your support!

  10. Mary Malagiere

    November 25th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Great article, Victoria!--Thanks for sharing the CVCJ message. Thanks too for all you do, and for "yes" to being a part of our CVCJ family!

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