Concert benefits Farmington area senior pet owners

For Farmington area seniors who can’t easily leave their homes, Meals on Wheels provides regular delivery of nutritious meals – but the support doesn’t end there.

Longacre House
Longacre House (City of Farmington Hills)

On Tuesday, July 30, the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Adults 50 & Better Division, which coordinates Meals on Wheels, will hold a benefit concert at Longacre House to provide toys, treats, and veterinary services for recipients’ pets. 

While donations aren’t required, they will be gratefully accepted, Nutrition Services Coordinator Teresa Bryant said. About 30 or 40 of the seniors who receive meals have pets, which “are such a vital part of their lives.”

Bryant recalled that one recipient, whose wife unexpectedly died over the winter, could not contain his joy and excitement as he talked about getting a new puppy.

“It just brought a spark to his life,” she said. “It’s someone else to care for. It’s companionship.”

Donations of pet food won’t be accepted, Bryant said, because pets may have special diets. She encourages families of homebound seniors to set up regular delivery of pet food through local or online grocery stores.

Cash contributions will provide vouchers for services at local veterinary clinics.

The 6:30 p.m. concert will feature light refreshments and music by Strings & Rhythm, a band that plays neo-folk, acoustic rock, and alternative music. To learn more about Meals on Wheels, Nutrition Services, and the city’s Adults 50 & Better programs, visit fhgov.com/Activities/Programs/Adults-50-Better.aspx.