There are times when owners find themselves unable to adequately care for their pets for one reason or another. Thankfully, there are organizations that can step in and help.

Several Meals on Wheels programs, including Cobb and North Fulton counties, offer support. Qualifying clients who have difficulty adequately feeding their cat or dog may be able to receive supplemental pet food at no charge. Information is available through each county’s Senior Services program.

The nonprofit Happy Tails Pet Therapy is a group of pet owners who volunteer time to share the unconditional love and joy that their pets can give to patients and residents at various facilities. The organization arranges visits of volunteers and their pets—dogs, cats and rabbits—to healthcare facilities, social agencies and special needs programs.

Happy Tails Pet Therapy can be reached at P.O. Box 767961, Roswell, 30076 or by calling 770-740-8211. Visit for details.

Pets Are Loving Support (P.A.L.S.) is an Atlanta-based 501(c)3 organization that provides ongoing care and support to pets of Atlanta area persons living with critical illness, disabilities and the elderly.

“We serve 450 animals every month, and we haven’t ever turned anyone away,” said Kevin Bryant, P.A.L.S. Executive Director. P.A.L.S. is located at 2055 Liddell Drive NE, Atlanta, 30324. Learn more at

Another non-profit organization, WellPet Humane, is a pet clinic devoted to the veterinary care of animals owned by people who are financially struggling and by seniors living on a fixed income.

Donations to WellPet’s LifeSaver Fund pay for operations for pets in need. WellPet Humane is at 6225 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, 30360.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.