Announcing the Tucson Pet Care Project

"I want to live at home as long as I am able." This is something that we often hear from older adults. Many people prefer to stay at home as they age, whether it's for the comfort of community, the value of independence, or simply as a matter of economic reality. But too often, aging at home can be isolating. 

Because of your generosity, we were able to deliver 382,738 hours of home care and 78,377 meals to older adults last year. We continue to ask ourselves how to best care for these neighbors, and know they often have unmet needs outside of our services. 

The Healing Power of Pets

For older adults, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase physical activity, reduce depression, and lessen loneliness.

Because many of our clients live in poverty, they may struggle to feed their beloved pets nutritious food, or may even go hungry themselves to feed their pets first. 

This summer, we're launching the Pet Care Project for older adults right here in Tucson. With generous support from Cody's Friends, the Rescue Bank, Pima Council on Aging, Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare, and the Bonnie Kay Foundation, we are able to provide free pet food to many older adults in Tucson each month.

We Need Your Help

Volunteers are needed to assist with bagging and delivering pet food each month. You will be matched with up to 4 households in your community to deliver pet food twice a month.

Do you have 2-8 hours/month to give? You can remind a neighbor in need that they are not alone.

Ready to get started? Contact Heidi Gerrish at hgerrish@lss-sw.org or 520-668-4916.