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Coppell Animal Services Delivers Pet Food to Homebound Residents

Coppell Animal Services is one of several agencies in the metro partnering with Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Texas Meals on Wheels/Hospice to make sure seniors and homebound residents get the food they need for their beloved pets.

From pet food shortages to volunteer limitations, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on VNA Texas' monthly pet food delivery. When VNA Texas reached out for assistance, Coppell Animal Services staff answered the call by portioning out any unused donated pet food from the shelter's supply and delivering it to those in need.

Kennel Technician Fawn DeRita has done most of the deliveries the past two months on the third Saturday of the month. She said the experience has been rewarding both knowing that these homebound residents have an animal companion to keep them company right now and that these pet food deliveries are making a positive impact.

"When they answer the door, they often say something like, 'we so appreciate this,' or 'I can so use this,'" DeRita said. "It lifts your spirits. It's fantastic that we can do this small thing to help."

VNA Texas' Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Miriah Leddy said the organization's partnerships have been vital during this time. While the pet food program is meant to be supplemental, for many clients it is the main lifeline for their animals.

"If it was not for our partnerships, our clients' pets would not receive food," Leddy said. "We are so thankful for all of the help."

Visit vnatexas.org to learn more about how to get or give assistance. Coppell Animals Services gladly accepts donations of food, blankets, and other pet-related items along with monetary donations. Please call 972-304-3515 for more information.