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Meals-On-Wheels expanding program to include food for pets

In addition to delivering nutritious meals to senior citizens, the Yakima County Meals-On-Wheels program will offer pet food.

The pet food program starts next month and no senior nutrition program money will be used, as "Meals-On-Wheels for Pets" will rely only on donations and volunteer efforts.

Jerry Baldoz of Yakima County Senior Nutrition said the pet food program is made possible with help from Yakima companies Manning Dog Training and Critter Cab.

Baldoz says the program addresses a need to help seniors in feeding their pets. He noted there have been cases of seniors doing without food or medication in order to feed their cats and dogs. Baldoz also said there have been instances of seniors sharing their Meals-On-Wheels food with their pets.

The program will get started with a survey of current Meals-On-Wheels recipients to identify pet owners in need. Baldoz said that volunteers will deliver pet food in two-week portions.

Pet food donations can be left at Manning Dog Training at 1008 W. Ahtanum Road in Union Gap. Large pet food donations will be picked up by Critter Cab. Wray's Thriftway of Yakima has also pledged to help out with pet food donations.

For more information, contact Baldoz at 509-574-2200.

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