CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne announced it will launch a pet food delivery service in January.
Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne is a program where residents can volunteer to prepare and deliver daily meals for people in need in Laramie County.
In its upcoming program, AniMeals, volunteers will distribute animal food one Saturday a month to roughly 100 Meals on Wheels clients with pets, according to Meals on Wheels Event and Program Coordinator Rhianna Brand.
The organization is partnering with the Cheyenne Dog Food Company and Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Products to provide bags of dog and cat food as well as other dry animal food.
Brand said inspiration for an animal food service began in May, after some Meals on Wheels clients asked if the program could provide food for their pets.
“When we first started delivering some animal food we had a couple of clients and then the need grew,” Brand said. “Some of our clients don’t have the means to physically go and buy pet food.”
Once enough volunteers sign up to help with AniMeals and the program launches, Brand said it can hopefully expand to include pet care services like vaccinations.
“We believe companionships with animals are a really big thing,” Brand said. “Sometimes we’re the only friendly face pets see, so we want to give a little bit extra and provide food and services for our client’s animals.”
For more information or to sign up to volunteer for the AniMeal program, visit https://www.mealsonwheelsofcheyenne.com/form/volunteer-application.