PAAW in the News: Homebound Tucson seniors get supplemental pet food for their pooches, cats

By Carmen Duarte | Arizona Daily Star

A survey of ill, homebound seniors in Tucson who receive home-delivered meals and need help to feed their pets has led to a $17,500 pilot program that is providing them with supplemental pet food.

The one-year grant is helping 76 homebound seniors feed their pets, said Tamara McKinney, executive director of Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona. The grant is from the Bonnie Kay Fund through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Meals on Wheels America.

Sixty-nine dogs and 57 cats have been receiving supplemental food since July. Program organizers hope that number can increase as more volunteers join the program to pack and deliver the food, among other services, McKinney said.

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