Meals on Wheels' pet program provides free veterinary services for homebound seniors

Posted at 11:59 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 11:59:37-05

Meals on Wheels South Florida strives to provide meals and services to homebound seniors. One of their services is for pets. The Meals for Companion Pets Program started in 1999 after they found clients were giving their own meals to their pets.

“It all started with volunteers and donations way back then. To this day it’s all volunteer and donation drive. We’re able to feed over 250 pets of our homebound seniors,” said Mark Adler, executive director of Meals on Wheels South Florida.

Now the program includes grooming and veterinary care, free of charge.

“We were contacted by Meals on Wheels about three years ago to provide veterinary care to their clients because they were finding that people who were in the program are in need and these pets were going without,” said Dr. Stacy Furgang with Boca Mobile Vet.

Dr. Stacy has been working with the nonprofit for about three years. Visiting clients on her own time, at least twice a month.

“We provide annual check ups, vaccinations, flea and heart worm products to all dogs and cats in the program. We also do testing for intestinal parasites, heart worm disease and viruses,” said

“[They] give me all the medicine for free. It’s good for me,” said Sara Sallustio.

Sara has been a part of the Meals on Wheels pet program for about three years. She says it’s extremely convenient for her, especially now.

“[I] don’t go [out] to the street. I wait for my doctor to come to my home,” said Sara.

Mark says the clients are asked to make a $10 donation per visit. If you or someone you know Is In need, we have more information here.