AARP Colorado, in a unique relationship with SAGE of the Rockies and Pets Are Wonderful Support (P.A.W.S.) Colorado, joined forces to collect cat food, cat litter and dog food for the furry friends of people who need help providing for their pets.
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Donations were accepted through Nov. 18 at The Center, 1301 E Colfax Ave., Denver. People picked up what they needed, and volunteers for P.A.W.S. Colorado delivered to those unable to leave their homes.
“It’s been a great turnout and collaboration,” said Jeremiah Mora, AARP Colorado’s Senior Program Specialist. “Never before have these organizations gathered to address this type of need. It’s been great.”
AARP Colorado and SAGE of the Rockies, in association with The GLBT Center, which works to improve the lives of people who are elderly, disabled and who are unable to leave their homes, realized that people who are food insecure also have pets that may go without food. In addition, some people may go without proper nutrition in order to feed their pets.
AARP Foundation recently released new research that found 8.8 million Americans 50 and older are at risk of hunger, including 4.9 million 50- to 59-year-olds. AARP Colorado and SAGE of the Rockies, along with P.A.W.S. Colorado, know that many of those households have pets.
“We have hosted a number of food drives this year and will continue to do so, but food and supplies for pets is also a need in our community. Collecting food for pets helps relieve the burden on people who are at risk of going hungry themselves,” said AARP State Director Morie Smile.
By supporting P.A.W.S. Colorado, donors said they feel good about helping seniors and people with disabilities and life-challenging illnesses support their companion animals, Mora said.