Senator Andy Dinniman & Henry

WEST CHESTER (November 6, 2019) – Henry’s Helping Paws, a program designed to keep senior citizens and their pets together in their homes, will expand to the West Chester Area Senior Center this week, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced. 

The program provides free dog, cat, and pet food to homebound senior citizens and those struggling to afford the costs of feeding their pet animals.

The expansion will be announced at a special event this Friday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the West Chester Area Senior Center located at 530 East Union Street in West Chester.

Dinniman, who launched the initiative in 2016, will be joined by senior center officials, local veterinarians and representatives of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF) in making the announcement. Named for Dinniman’s late poodle, Henry, the program is a collaboration between PVF, Meals on Wheels of Chester County and local senior centers.

Since its inception, Henry’s Helping Paws has helped dozens of seniors afford the costs of feeding and caring for their pets, preventing shelter surrenders in the process. Meanwhile, studies have shown that having a pet can significantly benefit a senior’s physical and psychological health.

In addition to delivering pet food to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels of Chester County, Henry’s Helping Paws currently provides pet food to eligible seniors at Phoenixville and Coatesville Area Senior Centers.

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