Any home health care nurse or other professional can tell you that for many shut-in seniors their only companion is often a beloved cat or dog. All too often these seniors are barely able to care and feed themselves, much less feed their best friends.
Many times they share their own food with their animals because of economic issues. Purchasing and carrying in food for their animals can also present problems for seniors who therefore give up some of their own nutrition to feed their best friends instead of struggling with heavy bags and cans of pet food.
Banfield Pet Hospitals for pets have combined forces with Meals on Wheels for the third straight year now to promote a program, Season of Suppers, to help provide pet food to recipients of Meals on Wheels who also have pets.
The campaign this year began on November 1 and continues through the end of the year. Fund raising efforts as well as the collection of donated pet foods will continue through Dec. 31.
Janet Crosby, DVM, About.com Guide to Veterinary Medicine has spotlighted this program in a recent blog.
up until i read your article I had really never thought about this issue…i mean i know that elderly get lonely and need a friend but I don’t think that I had ever given it much thought that they are compromising their nutrition to feed their friends…i am happy to know that there are organizations that have been developed for this cause….thanks for opening my eyes
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