You can help provide pet food and veterinary care for pets of homebound older adults and disabled people by paddling on Lady Bird Lake this weekend.
Organizers of the Paddle and Play Day fund-raiser hope to raise $5,000 for clients of the Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors, or PALS, a program of Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
A $35 ticket includes an hour of paddling on the lake on a kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard, an event T-shirt from Kong Screenprinting & Design, a goody bag filled with freebies and coupons, and three raffle tickets. A land-only ticket costs $15.
Pets can provide routine, social engagement, exercise and physical and emotional health for elderly people. The PALS program started in 2009 as a way to help elderly and disabled clients of Meals on Wheels care for their beloved pets. Last year, it helped more than 380 clients and their more than 690 cats and dogs.
“A dog or cat can provide much needed companionship and help reduce the isolation and loneliness that many of our clients experience. That’s why PALS helps the people we serve care for their furry friends,” says Heather Allard, PALS program coordinator at Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at the Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Drive. Land activities including a dog agility course, sales of pet-related goods from local vendors and bidding on raffle items, including pet photo sessions, grooming and doggie day care, begin at 9 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m, humans (and their dogs) can hit the water in canoes or kayaks, or on paddleboards.