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

Improved Exercise Yard

A special thank you to Eric Tronc who recently restored our exercise yards as part of his final Eagle Scout project! 

Spay/Neuter Clinic is Open!

Does your dog or cat need to be fixed? Make an appointment at the Tails Clinic! We do surgeries on Wed and Fri, by appointment. Call 815-758-2457 ext 114 for more details or to schedule your pet.

Last updated 4/11/17

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