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Animal Attraction: Holiday Pet Food Drive Underway

Animal Attraction: Holiday Pet Food Drive Underway

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston announced that the Houston SPCA and CenterPoint Energy will host a holiday pet food drive to collect cat and dog food for the organization’s aniMeals on Wheels program November 28 to December 12.

The program was started five years ago so that homebound seniors on Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston program would not have to share their limited food and resources with their four legged friends.

Watch a heartwarming video about aniMeals on Wheels.

“CenterPoint Energy employees are committed to the families and communities we serve,” said Heather Dunagin, CenterPoint Energy marketing analyst and organizer of the pet food drive. “By collecting pet food, we hope to help homebound seniors in the Houston area feed their pets without sacrificing their own meal. These pets offer seniors security, companionship and an increased quality of life since many live alone.”

“The aniMeals on Wheels program is important because it helps keep pets in the senior’s home,” said Patricia Mercer, Houston SPCA President. “Limited income and mobility often force elderly pet owners to make the difficult choice of feeding themselves or feeding their pets.  aniMeals ensures that seniors can keep and provide the very best for their beloved friends!”

Volunteers deliver more than 7,000 lbs. of donated dog and cat food to more than 450 seniors and 1,100 pets each month.  The program relies completely on donations and dog and cat food (both wet and dry) are needed.

“We are so thankful to CenterPoint Energy and Houston SPCA for collecting pet food for our elderly Meals on Wheels seniors,” said Denise Atkerson, Director of Volunteer Services of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. “The need for this service grows more and more each year and we rely on the community to help us meet the demand. Every little bit helps, especially during the holidays.”

Houstonians can drop off dog and cat food (both wet and dry) at the following locations for the Holiday Pet Food Drive:

Houston SPCA
Monday- Friday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
3217 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006

CenterPoint Energy
Monday – Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
1111 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77002

SOURCE and LINK:
Houston SPCA
www.houstonspca.org


 

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