Helping Senior Shut-ins and Their Pets

The SPCA of Wake County and the nonprofit group Resources for Seniors have joined forces to bring a new service to home-bound seniors 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 two-month supply of pet food to participants of the AniMeals program. The food is delivered the third Saturday of every other month by SPCA volunteers.