Season of Suppers

Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) and Banfield, The Pet Hospital have teamed up to provide meals for pets this holiday season. The campaign is called Season of Suppers.

After discovering that countless senior recipients of Meals On Wheels were feeding their food to their pets, MOWAA created We All Love Our Pets (WALOP), a new initiative that seeks to unite Meals On Wheels programs across the country that are providing pet food.

It’s EASY to donate! Go to any Banfield or Meals on Wheels office and drop off your donation, either pet food or monetary. I shop at PetSmart, and there’s a Banfield inside. They’ve made it easy – there’s a box right there, and I bought extra food – dog and cat – and dropped it in. I plan to continue….it’s easy and every little bit helps a dog or cat and owner. Your food donation stays in your own county, for area MOW recipients.

I’m a believer in the power of pets to help people emotionally and health-wise. Health professionals are beginning to realize the power of pets as well, and are bringing pets into nursing homes and hospital rooms to visit. IT HELPS!

What a FABULOUS program this is. My thanks go out to MOWAA and Banfield for their efforts, and I ask that you give as much as you possibly can. Even one can or box of food will help feed a pet.

Bringing pets and people together – and finding ways to help – has always been a “pet” cause of mine. It helps the individual who gets unconditional love, and it saves another life of a dog or cat that otherwise might not find a home. It’s a win-win for all!

Meals on Wheels provides hot meals for elderly and persons with disabilities. I have a special fondness for them because as my grandmother became older, she found it hard to cook a healthy meal. Meals on Wheels brought her healthy, hot meals. What’s more, my grandmother, a farm woman, always loved her pets. Cats especially. She was lucky enough to be able to afford food for her cats, but many are not so blessed.

So while you’re out doing your errands and holiday shopping, stop by your local Banfield and drop off a donation of food or money! It’s a Season of Suppers and you can help. Thank you for your generosity!

Visit Banfield, The Pet Hospital
Visit Meals on Wheels

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Who are those pets in the banner pictures?

The elderly woman and dog picture comes from MOWAA. The rest of the pets are mine. The dog is Sharik, who passed away several years ago. (Sharik means little ball in Russian, and Sharik is the most common dog name in Russian. But I named her after the hero of my favorite book, Heart of a Dog by Bulgakov.) She was a golden retriever/chow mix whose mother was a stray that found shelter in my uncle’s barn. I hope to see her again at the Rainbow Bridge one day. I miss her terribly.

The black cat is Dmitri, who died one year ago. I got him as a kitten from the vet, who had some babies who needed homes. He was 16 when he died and lived a generous life. He never met a person, dog or cat he didn’t like. He had the ability to turn every dog he met into a friend. I credit that gift to Sharik, who raised him from a kitten. They had a very special relationship. I miss him so much, and so does Jack.

Jack is the gray cat and he came from Seattle. He’s the Internet cat and loved by so many around the world. His owner, Catharine, was dying of breast cancer. She had adopted him from a Seattle shelter, where he’d been in a feral colony. She worried that he would be dumped when she died, so she reached out to people in a cat health discussion group to find Jack a home. Long, wonderful story of Netizen generosity short – Jack made his way to me on the pet bus. You can read Jack and Dmitri’s love story here.

He and Dmitri had some beautiful years together and became joined at the hip. When Dmitri died, Jack became so grief stricken and horribly depressed. Two weeks later, I went to PetSmart for food and they were having an adoption day.

I’ve always felt that Dmitri was there guiding me that day, telling me to bring that deaf little girl home. And I did. That’s the white cat, Jasmine. She’s special with her disability, but we’ve learned some sign language and she brought Jack out of his despair. She did the same for me, and she’s a funny little cat. She likes to dunk her toy mice in the toilet and drown them. She also likes to “hide” in paper bags and attack everyone. We all (including Jack) pretend to be surprised. She doesn’t know that she makes a lot of noise in her bag, so she hides, then jumps out and boxes feet. She squeals with joy and runs back into her bag.

Nobody wanted Jasmine because she had a disability, but that made her special.

So please, please give what you can to this wonderful program. And you can find a list of other pet charities that I support on my links page.

Thanks for reading! And thanks for giving.

Comments (3)

erinDecember 18th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

how can i sign up to get food for my pets?

JuliDecember 22nd, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Here are a couple of links for help with pet expenses. You’ll have to look through the materials and hopefully find something to fit your needs.

http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=161

http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=163

the diet solution programMarch 3rd, 2011 at 9:08 am

I’ll immediately grab your rss as I can’t find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me know so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

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