Wheels for Wags Program
The Wheels for Wags Program was originated in 2007 by Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties when volunteers noted that many of our clients were feeding their pets from their own meals. This situation was not healthy for our clients or their animal friends and actions were taken to start collecting pet food to distribute to our clients for their pets. At that time, Banfield Charitable Trust and Meals on Wheels Association of America joined together for the W.A.L.O.P. (We All Love Our Pets) program, which gave us our first donated food, provided by Royal Canin.
The goal of Wheels for Wags is to keep our clients together and happy with their pets by providing companion animals with healthy and nutritious food. Clients of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties are homebound and unable to access food for their beloved pets due to age, frailty, disability, or illness. Instead of sharing their meals with their animals, Wheels for Wags ensures that pet food is provided so that the owner doesn’t need to worry about how to obtain or afford nutritious food for a pet that may be their only companion.
In addition to pet food, thanks again to the Banfield Charitable Trust, MOW was able to also purchase ‘Bow-Wow” and Meow-Wow’ bowls for our consumers participating in Wheels for Wags. To date, MOW has delivered more than 100 pet bowls to seniors across our two-county region.
If you are an existing Meals on Wheels client and are interested in signing up for the Wheels for Wags program, simply ask your volunteer when they deliver your meal, or contact our office at 330.832.7220.
We are always accepting donations for more dog and cat food for our client’s pets. If you are interested, please email Melissa Coultas, Marketing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.