Addison County Meals on Wheels volunteer on a delivery with pet food as part of the Pets Eat, Too,” program coordinated by Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, based in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has a long, inspiring history of being good shepherds in the caring of, and finding new homes for, dogs, cats and all the other critters we love to cherish.
Now that heartfelt, volunteer effort has been rewarded thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Walter Cerf Fund through the Vermont Community Foundation.
“The grant is to support the shelter’s Pets Eat, Too, program which provides food for the pets of Meals on Wheels recipients through a partnership with the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging,” according to Homeward Bound’s Executive Director Jess Danyow. “Pets Eat, Too is a year-round program of ours that ranks highly in our efforts to work in the community.”
Danyow said that the pets-version of Meals on Wheels is less than a decade old but has grown steadily each year.
“The number of seniors to whom pet food was delivered increased by 25 percent last year,” Danyow said. “Our program enables these seniors to continue to provide for their companion animals, an activity most of us take for granted but which is vital to self-esteem and feeling efficacious in the world.”
Addison County resident Mary Petersen, 92, is especially thankful for her Pets Eat, Too, meals.
“I was worried about giving up my cat Muffin to the shelter,” the senior citizen told the Eagle. “The Pets Eat meals has enabled me to keep Muffin—she’s my little baby.”
Such an example illustrates Homeward Bound’s mission of recognizes pets as real, albeit furry or feathered, members of the family.
“We believe in this program because we believe that we cannot help animals without helping people,” Danyow added. “Pets Eat, Too, is critical to our mission because it helps preserve the human-animal bond and keep pets in homes.”
For more details about Pets Eat, Too, call 802-388-1100.