For many homebound people, a pet is a treasured companion and an important tool against loneliness. To help clients care for their furry friends, YMOW offers free pet food delivery through its AniMeals program.
In partnership with the Humane Society of Human Valley's Bountiful Bowls program and Meals on Wheels America’s We Love Pets program, YMOW delivers nearly 1,000 pounds of food, treats and cat litter each month to nearly 30 YMOW clients. Cats are served with food and litter on the third Thursday of each month and dog supplies are delivered on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
YMOW believes AniMeals does more than provide food for a pet. Research shows that seniors with pets are 36% less likely to report loneliness and have 21% fewer doctor visits than those without a four-legged companion.
It’s one more way Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels delivers so much more than a meal.