Without the new Meals on Wheels for Pets program run by Senior Services North Fulton, Mrs. A said she doesn’t know what she would do.
“I really need this program. My cat is my family. We love each other and understand each other; he helps me and I help him,” she said.
“I am on a limited budget and having food for him helps me put the money elsewhere and pay for my medications. I want my cat, Ping-Pong, Ping for short, to have what he needs and I can’t always afford it.”
With the help of a grant of $2,500 from the Banfield Charitable Trust, Senior Services North Fulton has launched the new program, purchasing food for a client’s pet and delivering it to their home.
“Some of our clients, both homebound older adults and senior center participants, have requested assistance with purchasing pet food,” said Carrie Bellware, the agency’s executive director.
“The cost is more than they can afford on limited incomes and many cannot get to the store to purchase the food. Unfortunately, some older adults have to give up their beloved pets to relatives or shelters.”
The agency’s senior care manager, Colleen Davis, said pets are extremely important for a client’s well-being.
“I have had more than a few clients sincerely tell me that ‘if not for my pet I would be dead. My pet gives me much joy and a will to live. I wake up every morning and get out of my bed because of my pet.'“
The new Meals On Wheels for Pets program allows clients to provide their pets with the food they are accustomed to eating.
Volunteers will lead and manage the Meals On Wheels for Pets program. Without volunteer involvement, Senior Services would not be able to offer the program, Bellware said.
“The program is a blessing, a Godsend,” Mrs. A said.
“It is so nice to know that there are good people who care enough and think to help others. Pets mean the world to people especially when we don’t have family.
“I have already told Ping he is going to get extra treats and maybe a new toy soon and he understood and is happy.”
To help, donations can be mailed to Meals On Wheels for Pets, Senior Services North Fulton, 3060 Royal Boulevard South, Suite 130, Alpharetta, Ga. 30022.
Donations can also be made online at www.ssnorthfulton.org.