It is estimated that more than 33,000 Volusia County seniors live alone. For many, their dog, cat, or other pet may be their only day-to-day companion. In addition to companionship, pets help to alleviate feelings of loneliness while providing a sense of purpose and feelings of love and joy. Animals, being natural conversation-starters, also encourage interaction with other people.
These are just some of the reasons the Council on Aging of Volusia County and Hush Puppy Haven have partnered to provide pet food, treats, and supplies to the beloved pets of our Meals on Wheels clients. We want to ensure that furry family members receive the food and care they need, too, and that no one ever feels the need to part with a pet due to the inability to pay for food!
Hush Puppy Haven collects new, unopened bags and cans of pet food as well as items such as kitty litter and other supplies, and delivers these items to COA, whose volunteers distribute the food and supplies while on their usual Meals on Wheels routes. If you’re interested in supporting this program, please visit hushpuppyhaven.org or call 386-320-3413. You may also email [email protected]