Helen Woodward Animal Center offers to help owners of senior pets

True to its mission of “people helping animals and animals helping people,” Helen Woodward Animal Center is teaming up to launch an all-new program to ensure low-income seniors in our community can keep their pets magnets. In partnership with Meals on Wheels San Diego County, low-income seniors will begin receiving free veterinary care for their four-legged friends. The Center’s newest program, Lewyt Mobile Pet Health + Wellness, will launch this Friday, February 11 at Meals on Wheels San Diego County, North County Services at 9 a.m. Media are invited to capture the program launch.

The Center’s partnership with Meals on Wheels San Diego County dates back to 1984, with the launch of the AniMeals program. AniMeals delivers pet food to the pets of housebound seniors, wounded warriors, and homeless people. It all started after a Meals on Wheels volunteer noticed seniors were sharing their food deliveries with their beloved pets, jeopardizing their own nutritional needs in order to care for their furry companions.

Now, the center is once again partnering with Meals on Wheels San Diego County to further help local seniors with the launch of an all-new program called Lewyt Mobile Pet Health + Wellness. The program will provide free essential veterinary services on board a fully equipped mobile medical unit to pets of low-income seniors, including wellness exams, preventative care like vaccinations and flea medication. /ticks, sterilization surgeries, microchipping and more. .

According to Meals on Wheels San Diego County, one in 10 seniors in San Diego goes hungry and nearly half live alone. Coupled with the isolation due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever that furry family members stay healthy and at home with the elderly who need it.

“The Lewyt Mobile Pet Health + Wellness program is another important way to ensure that seniors in our community can keep their beloved pets in their care,” said Renee Resko, Vice President of Development for the Center. “We know that pets provide endless joy, comfort and unconditional love to their people and are sometimes the only source of companionship for the elderly. By providing free veterinary care, we reduce the risk that a person elderly has to abandon her four-legged friend at a shelter because they cannot afford the associated costs.”

The new Lewyt Mobile Pet Health + Wellness program is made possible by funding from the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Charity Trust. The Center expresses its deepest gratitude to the foundation which has generously supported the Center in various ways, including funding the Center’s Pet Transfer Program and Emergency Response Team.

In the coming months, the Center aims to expand the reach of the Lewyt Mobile Pet Health + Wellness program to more low-income pet parents in our community, regardless of age.
The Center is delighted to launch the new program at Meals on Wheels San Diego County, North County Service Center (930 Boardwalk Street, Unit C, San Marcos, CA 92078). Media are invited to capture the program’s initial tour and interview representatives from the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Meals on Wheels San Diego County between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2022.

For more information about Helen Woodward Animal Center, please visit animalcenter.org.

Benjamin M. Yerger