Leashes of Love

The Leashes of Love Ministry is part of the Demonstrating Care Team. They work in the community to help brighten the day of folks who are in need of some extra loving…. some unconditional love that comes from a wagging tail.


Barbara “Babs” Kulbaba
Ministry Coordinator
Jean Waters
Ministry Coordinator
Jim Reiter
Certification Trainer

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“Leashes of Love” is a pet visitation ministry within the Demonstrating Care Team at Epworth United Methodist Church.


Our mission is to share the unconditional love of our pets with weekly visits to assisted living facilities in our community. It is profoundly moving to see how dogs have the ability to help calm and lift the spirits of those who may be sad or lonely.


Our furry friends bring so much joy to those who have memories of their childhood pets. Many residents are eager to share these heartwarming stories.


All dogs should be well tempered, interact well with other dogs and be comfortable interacting with residents in the facilities. Your dog will need to pass our pet ministry assessment conducted by Jim Reiter of Doggies at the Beach.
Leashes of Love is truly one of the most effective types of outreach. We are proud to present our May 2018 Graduating Class.


Interested in joining Epworth’s pet visitation ministry? Please contact Barbara Kulbaba (302-569-1607) or Jean Waters (302-226-1555) for more information. At the Icebreaker Session you and your pet will have an opportunity to meet other pets and owners and to apply for the ministry and determine immediate suitability for joining us in visiting area care facilities.