'Animeals' volunteers deliver food for pets - FOX 13 News

'Animeals' volunteers deliver food for pets

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's a special delivery that means the world to Patricia Fern.

"I don't know what I would do without them. They are the reason I keep this house. Otherwise, I would be in an old ladies home at my age," Patricia said.

Bags and bags of cat food are brought to the 85-year-old's front door.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay makes it all possible with their program called "Animeals."

It's like Meals on Wheels for pets.

Patricia says her cats are her family and the program is a lifesaver.

"On my salary, I couldn't do it. Without it, we'd have a bunch of hungry cats," Patricia said.

Patricia can't get around much anymore, but those who can can pick up free cat and dog food at the shelter.

Between the Humane Society's two programs: the "Food Assistance Program" and "Animeals," they have given away more than 320,000 pounds of food this year alone.

The need is still great, explains Executive Director Sherry Silk.

"The goal of this program is to supplement their food so people don't have to turn in their pets to a shelter," Silk said.

Ariel Perez says without the program, he wouldn't be able to keep his dogs.

When he has the extra cash, he donates back to the shelter.

"But when I don't have it, they come and help me back out. That's real important," Perez said.

Two shelter programs keeping pets feed and families together.

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