Senior Solutions has just been awarded a $20,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities to expand our existing Foxy Fund for veterinary care and pet food and supplies for our Meals on Wheels recipients. Senior Solutions was one of only 27 grants awarded nationally, and the only one in the northeast.
Vermonters have the highest pet-ownership rate in the country at 71%. Studies have shown that pets positively impact both the physical and emotional health of seniors in significant ways, especially those at risk of social isolation.
“We are incredibly excited about this opportunity,” said Outreach Specialist Thom Simmons. “In April and May we will be working out the logistics in a test pilot with the Springfield Meals Center, so clients in Andover, Chester, Perkinsville, and Springfield with pets should keep watch for information in their meals deliveries. Once it is operating smoothly, we will offer to expand it to other towns across our service area by working with the other meals centers. This will greatly transform our existing Foxy Fund program and help many of our clients keep and care for their pets.” Read more about the Foxy Fund