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Helping seniors and their best friends

A volunteer group that’s already helping homebound seniors—by providing food for their pets—wants to open a local clinic to offer more services for an older person’s best friend.

St. Seton’s Orphaned Animals started in Stafford County 11 years ago as an animal rescue group. Over the years, its mission has grown to include a partnership with the Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging.

When RAAA workers take weekly meals to homebound seniors, they also carry bags of dog food and cat litter donated by St. Seton’s.

“For a lot of people, that dog or cat is their reason for being,” said Sharon Leary, an RAAA driver. “Their pets are their best friends, their No. 1 family members.”

She and other drivers noticed that older people would give meals, meant for them, to their cats and dogs when they had nothing else to give them. Now, about 92 older people in Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties get food for about 300 pets through the program.

Almost 50 St. Seton’s volunteers help with food delivery and other services the group provides. St. Seton’s pays for about 500 spaying and neutering procedures a year, said Jeanette Allard, who founded the group with her husband, Carl.

Read more about St. Seton’s and their plan to provide more veterinary services, hopefully at a clinic in King George County, in a story in tomorrow’s paper.