FOOD 4 PAWS is a pet support program offered to Meals on Wheels clients
Keeping seniors and their pets together is an important component in reducing loneliness and improving a senior's overall well-being. Caring for a pet brings pleasure and helps boost morale, optimism, and sense of self-worth. Pets can keep seniors active and alert as they age providing opportunity to be playful, to exercise, and to laugh.
But, for many seniors, caring for a pet means the tough decision between buying food and medicine for themselves or buying food and medicine for their pets.
FOOD 4 PAWS helps alleviate stress for low income seniors caring for a pet and allows them to enjoy their four-legged companions without worry. Clients of Meals on Wheels who meet income eligibility guidelines can benefit from receiving a monthly supply of pet food, minor veterinary services, boarding, grooming, and occasional flea/tick treatments for their pets.
To register for the program or to make a donation, please call the agency.
How can you help?
The program is supported entirely by donations and grants. Both monetary and non-perishable pet donations are consistently needed and greatly appreciated all year long. Pet food drives are a great project for the workplace, schools, scout troops, and service organizations.
Accepted items include:
- Dog food and cat food, kitty liter,& Flea/Tick Treatments, dog treats