One of my ongoing projects is helping with AniMeals here in Sioux Falls. AniMeals on Wheels helps seniors feed and care for their pets through grants and the help of volunteers.
You've heard of Meals on Wheels? This is an organization who provide meals to seniors who are homebound? Well, AniMeals does the same for their pets. AniMeals also helps with medical care, grooming needs and boarding. The owners of these pets are so very grateful to have AniMeals helping out and have stories that will both melt your heart and some that will truly break it.
AniMeals in the Sioux Falls area is only 6 months old and hopes to have a Facebook page soon. In the meantime, they are looking for volunteers and donations so that they can provide for more pets as the program grows. Some of the volunteer opportunities are (but, aren't limited to):
• Food Deliverers
• Dog Walkers
• Pet Boarders
• Pet Transporters
If you are interested in helping, you can call Penny at (605) 333-3302. Penny is the volunteer coordinator and is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 - 1:30. If you would rather, you can email her at SNorman@activegen.org. Penny can answer any questions you might have about volunteering and she also has a running wish list for AniMeals donations that are needed.
I think this is a wonderful organization and after meeting so many of the recipients, I can tell you that these lovely people are so grateful and so appreciative. Because of AniMeals they are better able to care for their precious furry (and feathery) friends without worry. The bond between these pets and their owners is so very obvious and I love knowing that many of them will be able to stay with their owner because of AniMeals and their volunteers.
Here are a few images of program recipients and their owners (who kindly allowed me to share). It was a joy meeting them.