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Help Us Feed Low-Income Seniors' Pets
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Ended Jan 29, 2014
We need your help to feed the many dogs and cats of our seniors. We are a non-profit animal support group, run by volunteers, that delivers (free) donated pet food & supplies to low-income and disabled seniors in our county. More ...

     Senior Pet Connection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal support group of hard-working volunteers that deliver free donated pet food & supplies to low-income and disabled senior citizens in Pinellas County, Florida (Tampa Bay) each month. Many seniors barely scrape by on low fixed incomes and have to struggle to feed their pet, often sharing their own human food. But their pet is their family, their child, sometimes all they have, sometimes the only other heartbeat in their life. Our services keeps many senior pets out of shelters and from being euthanized. We are asking for your help so we can continue to provide this service so many seniors will not have to face the decision of giving away their pet (usually to a shelter) just because they can't afford basic pet food and supplies.  

      Why do we do this? Senior Pet Connection was formed when we found out that some of the local Meal on Wheels recipients were sharing their daily meal with their pet(s) as they could not afford pet food. This was simply unacceptable so we created Senior Pet Connection in December of 2012. We then partnered with our local Meals on Wheels office and they now refer low-income, disabled and below-poverty-level clients to us that are needing our support. The need is overwhelming!

     Each month, we deliver pet food and supplies to 53 clients, with a total of 38 dogs, 49 cats and 9 birds and we receive 2 to 3 new applications per week. Our main focus is helping these sweet seniors care for their beloved pet, as many have no family or friends and Senior Pet Connection has become their monthly social outlet. We rely solely on donations from the community and local businesses but we never have enough for the demand (which is a sad realization of how big the problem is). We also have a wish list on with our most needed foods and supplies if that is easier!
     All help is welcomed and very much appreciated! Thank you for reading our story!  :-)

Gina Shields, Founder / (727) 826-0559

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