HOUSTON You can help homebound seniors keep themselves and their pets healthy by donating dog and cat food to the aniMeals on Wheels program.

AniMeals on Wheels is in desperate need of both dry and wet pet food, and they re holding a donation drive from July 16, 2012 to July 22, 2012.

The aniMeals on Wheels program, founded six years ago by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, 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 on Wheels ensures that seniors can keep and provide the very best for their beloved friends!

According to Interfaith Ministries, aniMeals on Wheels delivers more than 7,000 pounds of donated pet food to more than 450 seniors and 1,000 pets every month.

Every gift is a gift from the heart, and helps a very vulnerable segment of our population keep their four-legged companions in their lives, Andrea Fineman, Communications Manager for Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, said.

If you d like to help, you can drop off unopened dog or cat food at the Houston SPCA, located at 900 Portway Drive, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. You can also drop the food off at Interfaith Ministries, located at 3217 Montrose Blvd., from 8: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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