Idaho Humane Society, Idaho Athletic Club team to help Treasure Valley seniors feed their pets

Posted at 6:47 AM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 10:32:23-04

It's not uncommon for seniors on a budget to feed their pet, before feeding themselves.

That's why the Idaho Humane Society and all seven Idaho Athletic Clubs are teaming up to gather donations. That helps seniors by helping their pets.

It's hard to turn down a face like this.

"Many times for these senior citizens, their pet is the only family member they have in their daily lives," said Lisa Jarussi-Smith, of the Idaho Humane Society.

Knowing seniors will often give their furry family member precedence, the Idaho Humane Society and Idaho Athletic Club are collecting food through the end of November to help out.

"You can come donate any amount of dog or cat food to Idaho Athletic Club and get a10 day free pass.  But we're doubling the offer between now and the end of October. Two ten day passes," said Don Harbich, Executive Director of Idaho Athletic Club.

Every month, volunteers deliver 1,200 pounds of pet food to homebound seniors in the Treasure Valley. But it benefits far more than just the pet.

"People with dogs are healthier because having pets helps with mental and physical health and emotional health," said Jarussi-Smith.