It happens every evening in dining rooms across Tampa Bay; homebound seniors, some disabled, sacrifice their own nutritional well-being by sharing portions of their Meals On Wheels Tampa’s deliveries with their beloved pets. Being homebound prohibits them from purchasing food to provide for the devoted dogs and cats who are often their greatest source of comfort and companionship. After witnessing this heartbreaking scenario time and time again, Meals On Wheels of Tampa (MOW Tampa) reached out to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) to combine efforts and alleviate hunger for both two- and four-legged Tampa Bay citizens.

Meals On Wheels of Tampa serves a large population of homebound and senior individuals by delivering daily, hot, nutritious meals. Humane Society of Tampa Bay volunteers deliver a 30-day supply of free dog and cat food to seniors who are homebound through their Animeals Program. Now, Animeals deliveries will include referrals from MOW Tampa and will make sure that those residents receive food for their pets. Through the partnership, even more animals will be served.

“We could not be more excited about this union,” said Meals On Wheels of Tampa Executive Director Steve King. “By introducing the Animeals program to MOW Tampa recipients, our clients and their animals will now be able to maintain a healthy diet.”

“One of our main goals has always been to keep pets with the people who love them,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Executive Director Sherry Silk. “No one should have to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their animals, and that’s where we can help.”

Both organizations celebrate the opportunity to share vital resources in order to fulfill their missions of caring for Tampa Bay’s citizens, both human and animal, in need.