ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH MEALS ON WHEELS
Approximately 25 percent of the people receiving Meals on Wheels have at least one pet. They serve as companions, social workers and depression counselors. Having the companionship of an animal shouldn’t be reserved for only the well-to-do, especially when a pet might be the only creature in this world they have to love.
Providing food while living on a limited income or dealing with a disability can be a challenge. Most will gladly sacrifice their own meal to make sure their pet is fed.
Merle Larson, Operations Manager for Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County is soliciting MOW clients and drivers to see who might benefit from this new partnership.
Meals on Wheels is about helping seniors stay in their home and live a high quality of life. Being able to keep their beloved pets at home with them is an important part of that quality of life,” said Sharon Thomas, Executive Director of the Animal Welfare League. “If we can feed a pet in the home instead of the shelter, everybody wins.”
The donated food comes to the shelter through the generosity of local businesses and animal lovers in the community.
A big thanks to AWL’s Samantha Cross who recognized the opportunity and initiated the program.
Below: Merle Larson, Operations Manager for Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County picks up a load of food to be delivered by her MOW drivers.