Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meals on wheels now helping clients feed their pets

 Organization now feeding the furry friends of their clients

This is a great story from my local news

The people over at Meals on Wheels were finding that many of their clients were sharing their meals with their pets. The meals are specially prepared for complete nutrition and sharing that meal means that the individual is not getting their proper share.

MASSILLON -- Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne counties prides itself on providing a meal packed with the nutrition needed for a day for homebound clients.
When the people who run the organization realized that clients were sharing that nutrition with their pets, they realized something needed to be done.
"Our clients, they have to have that entire full meal that is there for a reason. It is their nutritional support to keep them healthy at home for as long as possible," said Stark and Wayne Counties Meals on Wheels CEO Teresa Barry.
So they started small with a pet food drive. The response was more than they bargained for.
The organization was able to give pet food to clients who needed it for about two months.
Fast forward a few years, and now pet food will be available to clients for an entire year.
About six months worth of food was donated by Royal Canin dog food. The other half of the year will be covered by the generosity of the public.
The generosity of the donated pet food means other animals have been helped.
Barry says one woman was able to take in two stray cats because of the help, another client was able to take in a homeless dog.

The pet program at Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties is an example for the organization nationwide.
Local reaction has been very favorable with more people donating to the Meals on Wheels program and even sending thank you letters to Royal Canin dog food.

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