When we started our partnership with Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Durham a little over a year ago, we never anticipated the outpouring of support, kindness, and interest in providing pet food for the pets of seniors who receive MOW services. MOW of Durham delivers over 500 meals a day, and roughly one half of those seniors have pets. As most of these seniors are on a fixed income, many of them would share their people food with their pets, thereby depriving themselves of the much-needed nutrition. The pet food donations allow the seniors to enjoy their healthy people food, while their pets enjoy pet appropriate food.
So who provided all these donations? Amazing Paws On Durham customers and other caring, good people and businesses of our Durham community! The word has gotten out that Paws On Durham is a central player in collecting and delivering pet food to MOW. Durham citizens contact Paws On Durham directly to either drop off pet food or have it picked up. Businesses such as Wal-Mart Store #1614 on Glenn School Road, Other End of the Leash, Nosh Café, Carver Street Animal Hospital, West Side Animal Hospital, The Lofts at Lakeview, Berkshire Ninth Street, and Hope Animal Rescue have all participated in this impactful program!
Our challenge for the rest of 2016 is to continue to get the word out about this program. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses about the need to allow our seniors to enjoy their meals provided by Meals on Wheels without having to share their people food with their animals. By continuing our donations of pet food for the MOW program, seniors can eat their people food, and the pets can eat their pet food!
So, next time you’re at the grocery store or pet store, pick up an extra bag or can of food and either drop it off at one of the following locations or give us a call and we will pick it up. We thank you for joining us in supporting Meals on Wheels’ mission to care for Durham seniors!
- Paws on Durham, 1921 N Pointe Dr #215, Durham, NC 27705 (919) 627-8738
- Nosh, 2812 Erwin Rd #101, Durham, NC 27705
- Carver Street Animal Hospital, 2703 Carver St, Durham, NC 27705
- Berkshire Ninth Street
- The Lofts at Lakeview