Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals

HomeBuddies Program

HomeBuddies and Meals on Wheels: a perfect partnership

It is common for the bond that forms between a pet and their homebound or elderly caregiver to be very deep. Pet ownership among this group of people has been shown to have dramatic positive effects including reduced stress, fewer feelings of isolation and loneliness, lowered blood pressure and a greater sense of general wellbeing.   

Woman_in_wheelchair_petting_dogAt the same time, elderly and homebound Meals on Wheels clients often have a particularly challenging time providing appropriate care for their pets. They frequently have limited access to appropriate pet food and little or no access to veterinary care. Rather than give up the companionship of their pet, these pet owners may feed people-food and forgo veterinary care altogether. That’s where we help!

We partner with the Voluntary Action Center’s Meals on Wheels program to provide pet food and supplies to clients of the Meals on Wheels programs. VAC volunteers deliver the pet supplies along with their regularly scheduled visits. In addition, the HomeBuddies Coordinator makes contact on a periodic basis providing pet care advice, transportation to and from routine vet visits on a limited basis and generally works to resolve any pet-related issues as they appear.

If you’d like more information about this program, contact Jon at 815-758-2457 ext. 102 or jkoffenberger@tailshumanesociety.org.

All pet food, supplies and veterinary care is provided for free of charge!

Announcements

Tails is Hiring!

We are hiring for Animal Care Techs. If you enjoy interacting with animals, cleaning, giving medications and working as part of a great team, then this is the job for you! Please send your resume to Jon at jkoffenberger@tailshumanesociety.org.

We are also hiring a Dog Trainer and Dog Training Assistant. Must be available evenings and weekends. For questions or to apply for these positions, please email Michelle at mgroeper@tailshumanesociety.org

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Voting is now open for the 2017 DeKalb County’s Finest Businesses. If you’ve enjoyed any of the dog training classes that Tails provides, please vote for us in the Pet Trainer category!

Last updated 6/12/17

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