Seniors shouldn't have to decide between feeding themselves or their pet.
CICOA Pet Connect, a service of Meals & More, is a program aiming to reduce social isolation for our seniors by keeping them and their pets healthy and at home together. Our goal is to relieve the stress and worry that seniors experience when they may not be able to provide food or supplies for their pets.
The program is funded by a grant awarded from Meals on Wheels of America and PetSmart Charities. Initial eligibility for this program is limited to Title III home-delivered meals clients – with potential for opening up to other seniors in the future.
Pet Connect by CICOA Meals & More provides food and supplies such as:
- Bags of dry food for cats and dogs
- Wet food
- Cat litter
- Training pads
For the Love of Pets
Seniors love their pets, but they are struggling to provide food and supplies. Your donation helps this program grow! A monthly gift can have a big impact for a senior and their furry companion.
Central Indiana Pet Resources
Need help caring for your pet? Throughout Indianapolis and the surrounding counties, you can find pet food pantries, low cost spay neuter clinics, low cost medical and dental care, emergency vet services, feral cat organizations, wildlife and exotic pet care, and low cost euthanasia services.
Pet Connect Partners
CICOA and our Pet Connect partners are committed to supporting the wellbeing and safety of seniors' pets in Central Indiana. These organizations provide supplies and services that make pet ownership affordable for seniors.
Voted IndyStar’s "Best Place to Adopt a Pet for 2020 and 2021," IndyHumane’s mission is to improve animal welfare in Central Indiana. They are committed to ending the cycle of pet overpopulation, providing affordable pet ownership, and ensuring the well-being, health and safety of all animals in their care. IndyHumane strives to promote the human-animal bond and the powerful impact this mutually beneficial relationship has on individuals, families, and the Indianapolis community. They provide vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinic, community outreach, and shelter programs for all ages.
IndyHumane Downtown Pet Pantry:
The Pet Pantry receives slightly damaged pet food and supplies from generous local pet supply companies, like Chewy. They then share that food with pet owners in Central Indiana through the help of outreach organizations like CICOA, FIDO, Indy Neighborhood Cats, Damien Center, HVAF and Hawthorne Community Center.
In addition to assisting the community, they offer these items to over 100 nonprofit animal welfare organizations in Indiana. This helps them provide for adoptable dogs and cats, animals in foster care and those in retirement. The IndyHumane Downtown Pet Pantry provides nourishment for thousands of animals each month.
FIDO (Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside) was founded in 2005 to address the suffering of chained dogs through humane education and direct assistance to their owners. FIDO serves low-income households in Marion County.
The FIDO outreach program conducts proactive alley outreach to find outside dogs in need of services and then works with their people to offer information and resources. Case managers follow up to ensure that the improved dog conditions are maintained. The spay/neuter (S/N) program works to remove all barriers to S/N by scheduling, transporting and funding surgeries, along with vaccinations. FIDO requires compliance with S/N to receive services.
The fencing program provides large, secure, fenced enclosures as a humane alternative to dog tethering and promotes public safety by keeping dogs securely contained in their own yard.
The FIDO warehouse is open to the public several times each week for pet food and a variety of other basic pet supplies.
Indy Neighborhood Cats
Indy Neighborhood Cats is the only organization based exclusively in Marion County neighborhoods addressing free roaming cat overpopulation in Indianapolis. They support the compassionate people who care for the cats who call our neighborhoods home through four key programs. Their community cat medical response, warm winter shelters, and mobile cat food pantry have served over 7,000 cats. Every cat that is set up to succeed in their outdoor home frees up space in our city shelters and rescues for the animals that truly need those services. You do not have to love cats to support the work of this life-saving organization. To learn more about Indy Neighborhood Cats, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and find out how you can take part in making Indianapolis a kinder place for the cats who call our neighborhoods home.
The Pet Connect program is funded by a grant from Meals on Wheels of America and PetSmart Charities
and donors like you!
Contact CICOA Meals & More Service
To see if you qualify, or to donate or volunteer for Pet Connect:
Call: (317) 803-6131
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.