PetSmart Charities, Meals on Wheels America grant $509K to support veterinary care for seniors' pets

Meals on Wheels America has distributed $509,000 in grants to more than 60 local programs in 2022 to support expanded access to veterinary care for the pets of senior clients. The funds were donated by PetSmart Charities and will be used to provide older adults' animal companions with improved and more accessible preventative, sick and emergency care.

"Veterinary Care access is a challenge for over 25 percent of pet households in the United States, disproportionately impacting vulnerable groups like seniors who rely on their pets the most," said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. "Through the incredible partnership with Meals on Wheels America, we are able to ensure that thousands of seniors can continue living healthy, happy lives with their furry companions." 

Funding will be used for preventative care, treatment for disease, and emergency care for the pets of seniors being served by Meals on Wheels America. Seniors may have difficulty meeting their pets’ veterinary needs due to income or mobility restraints.   

"We know that the human-animal bond is powerful for keeping older adults happier and healthier, and we want to do all we can to remove hurdles that might get in the way of seniors and their pets aging at home together," said Ellie Hollander, president and chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels America. "Through the continued support from our trusted partner, PetSmart Charities, we're able to help expand access to vital veterinary care for Meals on Wheels clients and ensure that older adults can more easily secure the exams, vaccinations, dental care and other critical services their animal companions need." 

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