December 9, 2013 (TYLER, TX) – Meals on Wheels Ministry clients will begin receiving holiday gifts for their pets, as a part of the Meals Fur Pets partnership between Pets Fur People and Meals on Wheels Ministry in Tyler. Gayle Helms, Executive Director of Pets Fur People, created gifts bags for both dogs and cats using donated items like plush toys and treats.
Beginning Tuesday, December 10, members of the Pets Fur People team and Meals on Wheels volunteers will deliver the gift bags to clients who may have trouble feeding and caring for their household pets. “We know that a client who has trouble caring for his own nutritional needs will certainly face challenges when it comes to caring for a pet, and yet these little dogs and cats are such special companions for our seniors,” said Mike Powell, Meals on Wheels President/CEO. “We are so proud of our partnership with Pets Fur People, and we admire their dedication to animal welfare in this community.”
Meals Fur Pets supplies pet food for household dogs and cats belonging to Meals on Wheels Ministry clients. The food is donated to Pets Fur People and Meals on Wheels and then distributed by volunteers.
The idea behind Meals Fur Pets was born during a conversation several years ago between then Humane Society volunteer Debbie Zea and Executive Director Gayle Helms. Today, Ms. Zea serves as Community Liaison for Meals on Wheels, and she recently began working out the details of the program with Ms. Helms. For now, the program is limited to clients of Meals on Wheels who live in Tyler, but the organization hopes to eventually grow the program to address the needs of all clients across its six county service area.
Pets Fur People is a selective admission, life-sustaining animal sanctuary. Its mission is to provide a temporary haven for the animals in their care, until they find their forever families. Pets Fur People was originally established as The Humane Society of Smith County in 1963 by concerned citizens in Tyler. More information may be found at www.petsfurpeople.org.
Meals on Wheels Ministry currently serves over 3,000 seniors and homebound individuals in 30 communities across six counties including Gregg, Henderson, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties. Meals on Wheels Ministry is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing good nutritious meals, daily contacts, and other support services that enable senior citizens and disabled persons to remain independent and living in their own homes as long as possible. More information on client services, volunteer opportunities and much more may be found online at www.mealsonwheelseasttexas.org.