Wednesday, September 19, 2007

AniMeals Forsyth County, North Carolina

"Providing free pet food for the dogs and cats of elderly, disabled or lower income residents of Forsyth County." AniMeals is a new program in Forsyth County inspired by a similar program offered by Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego. This program offers free pet food for the dogs and cats of elderly, disabled or lower income residents of Forsyth County. AniMeals helps keep people and their companion pets together by removing logistical and financial obstacles to ensure that clients will always be able to provide nutritious meals for their beloved pets. For many homebound individuals, a dog or cat is more than a pet; it can provide friendship, joy, and a reason for living. Studies show that animal ownership also lowers illness levels and mortality rates. If you, or someone you know, needs help providing nutritious meals for your pet, you may: Complete an Application Online Print an Application Form Donations Needed This program would not be possible without donations from the community. The public is encouraged to take part in this program by donating bagged or canned food. Donation bins are located at: Forsyth County Animal Control Oreck Pet Supplies Plus Volunteers are needed to pick up, package, and deliver donated pet food. Speaking of Food - here are a couple of recipes I found at Pet Place's website: Basic Gourmet Dog Snack Ingredients: 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup water or broth (chicken or beef broth {avoid bouillon with onion}) Prepare: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Mix together all ingredients. 3. Gently roll out to ¼ inch thickness. 4. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. 5. Bake 30 – 40 minutes 6. Allow to cool and store in a tightly sealed container. Easy Microwave Doggie Treats These are also easy and turn out very good. I was a little apprehensive about trying this recipe the first time but now it is one of my favorite dog treat recipes. Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat flour ½ cup plain flour ¼ cup cornmeal ¾ cup dry milk 1/3 cup shortening (5 1/3 Tbsp) 1 tablespoon bouillon granules (beef or chicken {avoid onion flavored bouillon})* ½ cup quick-cooking oats 2 tablespoon sugar 1 egg slightly beaten ½ cup hot water Prepare: 1. Combine flour, cornmeal, milk, oats and sugar. 2. Cut into shortening. 3. Add egg, bouillon and hot water. 4. Knead 5 minutes. 5. Roll ½ inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters. (Bone shapes are great! The smaller shapes work better and allow the cookie to cook more evenly. If possible – avoid extra large cookie shapes for this microwave recipe.) 6. Microwave in a microwave proof dish at 50% power for 5 to 10 minutes. (usually closer to 10 minutes). 7. Allow to cool – remove from plate. 8. Allow to cool and store in tightly sealed container. * If you don't have the granules – use one bouillon cube in the ½ cup of hot water. Allow to dissolve and this works great too.

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