Published on June 20th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Banfield Charitable Trust makes donation to support Pet Pals program

COLUMBIA, SC – The Banfield Charitable Trust has awarded a $2,500 grant to Senior Resources to support the Pet Pals program. The grant will buy dog and cat food for the pets of Meals on Wheels clients.

Pet Pals was started by Senior Resources in 2006, when some Meals on Wheels volunteers began reporting that they noticed previous days’ food trays left on the floor or at the back door of their clients’ homes.

“These clients were unable to purchase food for their pets due to financial or transportation restrictions. Rather than letting their beloved pets go hungry, they were sharing their delivered meals with their pets,” said Senior Resources Executive Director Pam Dukes. “When we heard these reports, we established our Pet Pals program to provide pet food to these clients so that they would not have to sacrifice their own meals.”

A monthly supply of pet food is delivered to these clients on the third weekend of each month. Senior Resources currently supplies food for 30 pets of Meals on Wheels clients, with new pets being added each month.

The Banfield Charitable Trust, established as a separate philanthropic organization by Banfield Pet Hospitals, works to ensure every wanted and loved pet can stay in its home. The organization makes yearly pet assistance grants to Meals on Wheels programs across the country to assist the elderly in affording veterinary care, temporary boarding and food for their pets. The Banfield Charitable Trust also provides emergency and preventative veterinary care programs, pet advocacy grants to animal advocacy organizations, and a program enabling hospice patients to keep their pets at home with them.

About Senior Resources, Inc.

Senior Resources is a non-profit organization that coordinates services, provides resources and encourages the personal choices that allow Columbia’s senior citizens to remain independent.  All activities, services and programs of the agency are geared toward promoting independent living, with the goal of helping seniors remain in their homes as long as possible through the support of staff and volunteers, and delaying or preventing institutionalization.

Since 1967, Senior Resources has served Columbia’s frail and elderly residents in three areas:

1) In-home services, including Meals on Wheels, home care, respite care, senior companion services, and case management;

2) Community-based services, including congregate meals, wellness centers, transportation, and physical fitness;

3) Volunteer services, including the Senior Companion program, Foster Grandparent program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

With local, state and federal government funding, as well as contributions from United Way, personal donations and fundraising activities, Senior Resources offers a variety of programs so that our clients can select the assistance they need to maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.



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