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KEEPING SENIORS AND THEIR PETS TOGETHER

Because you can't underestimate
the value of a pet's love

KEEPING SENIORS AND THEIR PETS TOGETHER

Because you can't underestimate
the value of a pet's love

    SUPPORT THE PETS
    WHO SUPPORT OUR SENIORS

    We recognize how important it is to keep seniors and their pets together. For some seniors, the Meals on Wheels volunteer who provides them with a nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check may be the only person they see all day, so their pet is their main companion and best friend.

    Seniors with pets are also less likely to exhibit depression, report feelings of loneliness and experience illness. But taking care of a pet – feeding, grooming and veterinary care – can be financially and physically burdensome to seniors. More often than not, a devoted animal lover with limited access to food will feed their hungry pet before they feed themselves.

    That’s why Meals on Wheels supports both our seniors and their pets – to ensure that they can live nourished, healthy lives, together.

    PETS MAKE SENIORS HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER

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    SENIORS WITH PETS

    Pet Facts

    COMPARED TO NON-PET OWNERS


    Sources: Stanley, I. H., Conwell, Y., Bowen, C., & Van Orden, K. A. (2014). Pet Ownership may Attenuate Loneliness Among Older Adult Primary Care Patients Who Live Alone. Aging & Mental Health18(3), 394–399. http://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2013.837147; Siegel, J.M. (1990). Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: The moderating role of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 1081-1086.

    OUR GRANTS HELP KEEP SENIORS AND PETS TOGETHER

    The ​Meals on Wheels Loves Pets​ Grant Program supports Member programs across the country that are working to keep homebound seniors and their pets together. Grants are used to deliver pet supplies and services to their senior clients, like these:


    Pet food and storage​
    Cat litter
    Pet supplies
    Grooming
    Veterinary care
    Boarding expenses
    Gas for volunteers

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    In October 2015, Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT) turned over $1.8 million in funding and grants administration responsibilities to Meals on Wheels America. Since the original pet assistance program was established in 2007, funding and pet food donations have been provided to over 330 local Meals on Wheels programs across the country that are working to keep pets and their homebound seniors together. Better yet, nearly 25,000 pets have been served through this vital program, allowing senior pet lovers to focus on their own health and well being.

    Our hope is to continue to grow Meals on Wheels Loves Pets for our seniors through meaningful partnerships for years to come.


     

    ​MEALS ON WHEELS LOVES PETS​ IN THE NEWS

     
    The pet industry's premier news source, Pet Business Magazine, shined a spotlight on the new Meals on Wheels Loves Pets Grant Program in its April 2016 issue.

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    THE NEED FOR SENIOR PET SUPPORT IS GROWING


    Seniors are the fastest growing population in this country and with that growth comes the perpetual increase in demand for Meals on Wheels services. As more seniors live longer and choose to age in place, the need for pet assistance will increase right along with the population trends.

    If you are interested in learning more about this program or partnering with us, please contact pets@mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

    Together, we can ensure that homebound seniors do not have to give up their beloved pets simply because they can’t make it to the vet or to the store to purchase food.

    HELPING A PET LEAVES A SENIOR FEELING NOURISHED TOO 

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