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Local seniors worry about pet care

SHELBURNE This year, Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) has delivered over two tons of pet food to area seniors who are feeling the pinch from rising prices. CVAA has teamed with Blue Seal and the Champlain Valley Exposition to help seniors be able to take care of their pets. Every day there are seniors in the Champlain Valley who worry about how they are going to afford to take care of their pets. Many Meals on Wheels recipients share their meal with their dog or cat. The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging started the Feed Pets 2 campaign to make sure that seniors and their pets receive their proper nutrition and that no senior has to worry about how they will take care of their primary companion. For Dolores Sweeney of Williston the Feed Pets 2 campaign has had a huge impact on her and her cat, Molly. For Sweeney the Feed Pets 2 Program has saved her a lot of money. I cant believe the money it saves me and it is the best quality cat food that you can imagine, Molly has just been eating away, she just loves the food, said Sweeney. It is a great program, especially for seniors on a fixed income, I can't thank everyone enough. For many seniors their pets are their primary companion and friend. Sweeney said that Molly just means the world to me, if I didnt have her I do not know what I would do. Claire McManus of Burlington has three cats named after her liberal political idols: Kennedy, Hillary and Obama. McManus admits that often times I have given my food to my cats, they are like my children. Feed Pets 2 has allowed McManus to be able to take care of her pets without sacrificing her own nutrition. McManus believes that the Feed Pets 2 programs is the best thing that has happened. CVAA volunteers were at the Champlain Valley Exposition last week to meet and unload the tractor trailer from Blue Seal. Blue Seal donated all of the pet food needed to support the over 70 seniors and over 150 pets in the Champlain Valley who will be receiving their three month allotment of pet food. Corporate and community partners, including the Champlain Valley Exposition, made Feed Pets 2 possible. Were delighted to work with the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging to make the pet food distribution happen, said David F. Grimm, General Manager of the Champlain Valley Exposition. The work of CVAA in helping elders improve their quality of life is remarkable, and we are honored to play some small role in helping them care for their pets.

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