Grant helps feed pets of Meals on Wheels homebound clients
Mayer Area Meals on Wheels volunteers know how important pets are to their clients' quality of life, and this week, they were able to help keep the animals fed and in their homes.
MAMOW received a $2,000 grant from Banfield Pet Hospitals to purchase pet food for homebound and senior clients.
This past Wednesday, volunteers shopped for and delivered more than 1,200 lbs. of dog, cat and bird food in the MAMOW van to clients in Dewey-Humboldt, Poland Junction, Mayer, Spring Valley and Cordes Lakes.
MAMOW Director Mary Yorgensen said deliveries will continue until all the grant money is used.
Volunteer Paul Pollard drove the MAMOW van on Wednesday and helped to find addresses, carry pet food, and greet clients and their pets.
Yorgensen said she found out about the grant and applied for it on the Internet.
"We have a lot of our clients with dogs, and they had asked for help if we ever came across any way to do it. I saw this and decided this was a way, and boy were they grateful. We have enough money to do one more run," she said.
Yorgensen said before the deliveries took place, MAMOW sent out a form to find out what brands of food clients were feeding so they could avoid upsets of changing food.