Helping senior shut-ins and their companion animals

The SPCA of Wake County and the nonprofit group Resources for Seniors have joined forces to bring a new service to home-bound senior and disabled adults living in Wake County who may be having to choose between feeding their pets and heating their homes, paying their bills or taking their medications.

This needs-based program helps keep people and their pets together by removing logistical and financial obstacles to ensure that the owners will be able to provide nutritious meals for their beloved pets. For many home-bound adults, a dog or cat is more than a pet; it provides friendship, joy and a reason to live. Studies have shown that pets lower illness levels and mortality rates.

The SPCA’s Pet Food Pantry program provides a month’s supply of pet food to participants of the AniMeals program. The food is delivered the third Saturday on a regular basis by SPCA volunteers.

This program is currently open to members of Resources for Seniors. If you or someone you know could benefit from the assistance provided by Resources for Seniors’ services, please contact them to proceed with the next steps. Click here to visit Resources for Seniors website.


The AniMeals Extension Program

The SPCA’s AniMeals Extension Program works with several groups within the community that help pets and their owners meet their needs. The SPCA builds relationships with these community-based organizations and works to fulfill any pet food and supply needs that they may have. Right now the SPCA works with the following organizations: 

  • The Coalition to Unchain Dogs
  • Operation Catnip
  • Local Animal Control Officers
  • Shirely’s Companion Animal Ministries
  • Alley Cats and Angels
  • Paw Prints Animal Rescue
  • Church In the Woods
  • Harnett County Animal Welfare Coalition (HAWC)