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Office for the Aging continues home delivered pet food program

BY: Rikki Cason | January 06, 2013

Going into its second year, a local program has proven to be a big help for the elderly and their four-legged friends.

For the past year, the Niagara County Office for the Aging has been offering something extra with their Home Delivered Meals program. Those clients who have dogs or cats can have pet food delivered to their homes with their meals.

The program is sponsored through Donner Creek Veterinary Clinic, 5950 Robinson Road in Lockport, who purchases the food and packages it for volunteers to deliver.

Currently there are 32 people in the county that use the program from Lockport, Wilson, Newfane, Barker, Olcott, Gasport, Ransomville, Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Youngstown and North Tonawanda.

The program is made possible through a Banfield Charitable Trust Pet Food Grant, which was just renewed for a second year. Donations are also received from the Orchard Park Animal Hospital. Local groups and organizations have also made donations to the program.

Office for the Aging Director Ken Genewick said the program is able to run without any additional costs because it has been integrated with the existing meals program.

“It works out really well,” he said.

Program coordinator Kara Donovan said the program has proven to be very helpful to people, because before the program many would share the meals they received with their pets, meaning both would receive less. Now pets can receive a nutritious meal and their owners can also receive their proper meal.

“Our clients love it,” she said. “It’s a benefit to them because they don’t have to go out and get pet food.”

Donations to the program are also welcomed and go for the purchase of food. Donovan said they also appreciate pet food coupons, which helps when Donner Creek purchases the food.

“We are really happy to have this program,” said Genewick. “We hope to be able to continue going forward. It’s appreciated by the clients we serve and their pets.”

The Home Delivered Meals program is available to those 60 years old or older who are homebound due to illness, physical handicap or advanced aging and can not prepare their own meals.

For more information contact Office for the Aging at 438-4031.

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