Meals on Wheels Rowan partners with Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary for its annual “August is for AniMEALs” edition. August is for AniMEALs is a month-long campaign and collaboration with local businesses to raise pet food and donations to support pet companions of homebound seniors in Rowan County who receive meals delivered to their homes.
Kimberly Hardiman of Hardiman Designs, Debbie Barnhardt of Barnhardt Jewelers and Lorna Medinger of Hughes Plumbing Supply teamed up to host Meals on Wheels Rowan’s “August is for AniMEALS” in 2019. The event continues to grow each year. Last year Rowan’s Meals on Wheels collected nearly two tons of pet food, raised over $12,000 for AniMEALS and over $5,000 for human meals.
August is for AniMEALS was such a success that AniMEALS President Kim Hardiman suggested that Meals on Wheels and Faithful Friends join forces. Hardiman said: “We were blown away by the support we received last year, we decided to raise $10,000 and raising over $17,000 was fantastic. As always, our goal is to dream big or go home. This year, we want to raise $20,000. By partnering with Faithful Friends, we can benefit even more animals in Rowan County.
“We are so grateful for the hard work of Kim, Debbie and Lorna to grow this fundraiser,” said Meals on Wheels Executive Director Cindy Fink. “The food we collect in August for AniMEALS lasts us about six months. We love the idea of bringing in loyal friends to share in the profits and the food.
“We look forward to this collaboration,” added Marcia Parrot, Chair of the Faithful Friends Board of Directors. “We believe that the pet support that Meals on Wheels provides to their customers is extremely important and we are grateful that they pay attention to the health needs of their customers and their pets.”
Monetary contributions will provide funds for rabies vaccinations, wellness checks and grooming when needed. Currently, 58 Meals on Wheels recipients have pets and participate in the AniMEALS program.
“We take all breeds and ages of cats and dogs, with a variety of health and medical issues,” said Mary Padavick, director of Faithful Friends. “Some stay for a few days, others may be here for years. The food and donations we receive in August are for AniMEALS so that we can continue to care for these animals while they are at the sanctuary.
This year, the following local Rowan County businesses will serve as animal food donation sites:
• Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary
• Hughes Plumbing Supply at 531 South Main Street, Salisbury
• Barnhardt Jewelers at 112 East Innes Street, Salisbury
• Dr James K. Jolly, DDS at 1816 East Innes Street, Salisbury
• Lazy 5 Vets at 2916 South Main Street, Salisbury
• Stitchin’ Post Gifts at 104 South Main Street, Salisbury
• West Rowan Farm Home and Garden at 11575 NC Highway 801, Mt. Ulla
• Rowan Veterinary Clinic at 4155 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury
Meals on Wheels and Faithful Friends are bringing back Fuzzy Buddies Fun Day for the third year. This year, Fuzzy Buddies Fun Day will be held at Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The entry fee will be a pet food donation. There will be lots of fun activities for families and “fuzzy buddies” including pet parades, pet contests, puppuccinos, a photo booth and more. Tracy Crotts and her trained dog Sugar will be presenting dog tricks beginning at 10 a.m.
Fuzzy Buddies Fun Day sponsors include Hardiman Design, Randy and Kris Hall, Understanding Your Dog, LLC, Fisher-Greene Insurance Agency and Pro Electrical.
“We are incredibly excited about this collaboration, and Kim and the rest of the AniMEALs team have worked hard to bring this event together,” said Alexandra Fisher, Meals on Wheels Fund Development and Marketing Manager. “Pets are so beneficial to the well-being of seniors, and this fundraiser has helped our AniMEALS program provide year-round pet food and healthcare support to seniors. animals of our participants. We are grateful to our generous donors and supporters, and we believe they will be happy to support Faithful Friends as well.
Meals on Wheels Rowan and Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary would also like to thank AniMEALS Sponsors of the Month for August 2022: Salcoa Contracting, Exquisite Flooring, Jayne Helms Group, Hardiman Design, Richard’s Painting, GMC Glass, Godley’s Garden Center, Home Resources, Inc . , Sapp’s Guttering, Barnhardt Jewelers and Hughes Plumbing Supply.
For more information on the AniMEALS program, visit www.mowrowan.org/animeals-pet-food-program. For more information about Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, visit www.faithfulfriendsnc.org.