Monday, June 24, 2013

Helping seniors live with their pets: Meals on Wheels, SPCA and more

This Saturday we're hosting Doggy Day Out Orlando! We are collecting dog and cat food for pets of people who are Meals on Wheels recipients, Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon! Please come out and help.

Here is what it's all about!

Pet Food Xpress is a program run by SPCA of Central Florida. They work in concert Meals on Wheels, Seniors First and the Osceola County on Aging.

Wendy Letchworth, who helps run the program, says it began 13 years ago.

"It was the idea of a volunteer," Letchworth said. "She noticed that many of the seniors who were receiving food through Meals on Wheels were sharing the food with their pets. The concern was that the seniors weren't getting the food and nutrition that they needed because they were concerned about feeding their pets.

"The SPCA met with MOW in the three counties we service and the Chow on Wheels (now known as Pet Food Xpress) program was born."

Volunteers deliver food around once a month to the seniors with pets in three Central Florida counties: Seminole, Orange and Osceola.

But that's not all they do.

"The volunteers drop off food and sometimes visit with their senior," Letchworth said. "Occasionally, they help transport the senior's pets to our clinic for their annual vaccinations and exam, if they can't drive or don't have a friend or family member to bring them."

How many pets do they help. Letchworth says about 260 pets are helped, belonging to 130 seniors.

So, how can you help?

Pet Food Xpress is always in need of 3 to 5 pound bags of dry cat and dog food, and also cat or dog treats. You can also donate money to help pay for the medical needs of those senior pets. And you can help by becoming an SPCA volunteer.

Not in Central Florida?

There are lots of programs all over the country that help seniors with pets. Numerous studies have shown that pets are very important in helping seniors stay healthy and active. And, as we all know, they provide lots of love and comfort.

Here are a few programs that help pets and seniors. You can contact them to find ways to help in your community.


  1. Yay for featuring senior pets, seniors & pets!

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  3. We would like to provide medicines for pets at cheap rates. List us the name of medicines and will figure out if we can provide it to you.


  4. That's a cool program! I wonder if we have any similar ones down here in South FL?!?


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