“When we noticed a need, we worked together to act quickly so our seniors and their companions remain as healthy as possible,” Hawkins said in the release. “Our animals are like our kids, so not only is the health of our seniors important to us, but so is the health of their pets.”
The Animal Welfare and Enforcement department funds the program, which provides a bag of dry cat or dog food with each five-day supply of frozen meals. Of the 400 Gwinnett County seniors who receive home-delivered meals, 30 also receive pet food.
The county aims to increase the number of people who receive pet food and make low-cost vaccinations and veterinary care available, the release said.
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