The Issue: Importance of Pets to Homebound Seniors
A pet can be a valued companion for a homebound senior who doesn't get a lot of visitors. But for those struggling with mobility, it can be hard to keep pets healthy and well fed. Delivering pet food to the homes of seniors helps them retain their animals and keep feelings of loneliness and isolation at bay.
The Campaign: Feeding Homebound Seniors' Dogs and Cats
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston to purchase pet food for animals belonging to homebound seniors, as part of the organization's aniMeals on Wheels (aMOW) program. For every $500 raised, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's aMOW program can feed 33 pets for one month.
The aMOW program was launched after Meals on Wheels volunteers discovered that many seniors were sacrificing their own nutrition by feeding part of their meals to their pets. Now, aMOW volunteers deliver pet food each month, helping feed more than 1,100 animals.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Through Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, people of diverse faith traditions connect to serve the greater community. Volunteers representing 10 different faiths—including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—join together to help seniors, refugees, and others in need, all while maintaining their separate religious and cultural beliefs. The group's four main areas of service are Meals on Wheels programs, refugee services, interfaith relations, and disaster preparedness and response. More than 3,000 volunteers work to provide these services, delivering food to seniors, manning clothing-donation drives, and leading youth programs.