Operated by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, the program gathers donations of pet food, kitty litter and other supplies. The items then are given to local seniors who sometimes struggle to keep their beloved animals because of the cost.
For some, their dog or cat may be the only friend they see.
"Absolutely, and for some folks that is their family," Laurie Qualey of the Furry Friends Food Bank said. "Their kids might've moved away or their spouse has died. So that would be the one companion they see every day. Their furry friend."
The program distributes pet food at 15 sites in Penobscot, Washington and Hancock counties. For more information, visit Eastern Area Agency on Aging's website at www.eaaa.org.