Pups on the Plaza 2016

September 29, 2016



The 4th annual Pups on the Plaza event brought members of the VCU, VCU Health, and greater Richmond community together for an afternoon of food, fun and a ceremony acknowledging community partners. Dogs On Call teams visited with students, patients, VCU Health staff, and attendees from the community, and hot dogs, chips and drinks were served. The event is a primary fundraiser for The Center for Human-Animal Interaction, a non profit 501 (c)(3) Center of the VCU School of Medicine.

Event t-shirts were available for sale and featured a design by Erin Forgit, an undergraduate VCU Arts student. Drs. Mark and Kelly Gottschalk were selected to receive The Center's Community Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the community in promoting the importance of the human-animal bond. Photographer Jordan Vance was also honored for his service to The Center. 

 Drs. Mark and Kelly Gottschalk stand with Dr. Sandra Barker after accepting the Community Excellence Award (a blue plaque thanking them for their support) at the 2016 Pups on the Plaza

Drs. Mark and Kelly Gottschalk with Dr. Sandra Barker (r to l) after accepting The Center's Community Excellence Award. 

 DOC Therapy Dog Lucy with patient

Lucy, a Dogs On Call therapy dog, visits with a patient.

Tucker receives a hug from VCU Health NM

Tucker, a Dogs On Call therapy dog, receives a hug from a VCU Health nurse.

Erin Forgit, the VCU Arts student who designed the 2016 Dogs On Call shirt, holds Dogs on Call trading cards for three therapy dogs

Erin Forgit, VCU Arts student, models the signature event t-shirt of Erin's own design along with Dogs on Call trading cards.