Food 4 Paws

Food 4 Paws offers support for the well-being of pets belonging to existing clients of City of Las Cruces Meals on Wheels. Exceptions may be considered for individuals with disabilities or those residing outside the city limits. For further inquiries, please contact us at 575-528-3013.

A senior citizen man holding his cat in front of a Christmas Tree.

A pet can provide much needed companionship and help reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness that many of our homebound seniors and adults with disabilities experience on a daily basis. As one client said to us, “We’ve used the pet program here now for several years. It’s been very good. It’s been a very generous program. It’s helped me quite a bit. I was able to come here and supplement their diet, at least, you know, if not it was at time the only source for me. And so we made it through some pretty difficult times with the help of the Eastside Senior Center.” The Food 4 Paws program keeps clients and their pets together, living at home with dignity and respect.

Pawfect Valentine Donations

Please join us in spreading love and care this February by supporting the Senior Program's Food 4 Paws pet food drive! Help make a difference in the lives of homebound seniors and their beloved pets by donating dog and/or cat food (bagged or canned) at any of the participating drop-off locations. Collected donations will be distributed to seniors who are part of the Meals on Wheels program, ensuring that their cherished animal companions receive the nutrition they need.

A donation box decorated in Valentine's Day decor labeled \"FOOD 4 PAWS\"

Locations for Pet Food Donations:

  • City Hall 700 N Main St, Las Cruces, NM 88001
  • Thomas Branigan Memorial Library 200 E Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001
  • Museum of Nature and Science 411 N Main St, Las Cruces, NM 88001
  • Munson Center
  • Eastside Center
  • Sage Cafe
  • Tractor Supply  1440 W Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005
  • Landmark Mercantile 208 N Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88007
  • Zia Feed and Supply 1836 W Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005
  • Better Life Pet Foods 315 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011
  • PetSmart 2200 E Lohman Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001

Your generous contribution ensures that homebound seniors, who often face difficulty accessing pet supplies, can provide nourishment for their furry companions.

Why Your Support Matters: 

Many seniors rely on their pets for companionship and emotional well-being. By contributing to our Food 4 Paws, you're not just donating pet food; you're spreading love and joy to both seniors and their four-legged friends.

Thank you for making this Valentine's Day Pawfect for everyone, furry friends included!

Pet Food Assistance

Food 4 Paws provides FREE dog and cat food on a bi-weekly basis to more than 250 pets owned by City of Las Cruces Meals on Wheels clients. Pets get the food they need and our clients, many of whom are socially isolated, benefit from the interaction with our pet-loving volunteer team recruited from the City’s Volunteer Network.

Veterinary Care Assistance

Food 4 Paws facilitates access to veterinary care for current City of Las Cruces Meals on Wheels clients, covering associated costs pending fund availability. Regrettably, our program did not secure the sought-after grant this year to support veterinary care. Nevertheless, we are actively exploring future opportunities to reinstate this vital service.


Food 4 Paws collaborates with local businesses to offer grooming services to current City of Las Cruces Meals on Wheels clients. The availability of funds is essential to provide these services. We appreciate your understanding, as funding determines our ability to extend this valuable support.

Additional Services

Food 4 Paws also works with volunteers and community partners to provide services such as vaccinations, spay and neuter. Food 4 Paws is able to easily utilize donations of cat litter, as well as dry and canned cat and dog food. We also accept new or gently used pet supply items such as collars, leashed, bedding, toys, scratching posts, etc… Donations can be dropped off at the Eastside Community Center, located at 310 N. Tornillo St. Monday through Friday from 8am to 2pm.


To receive services from Food 4 Paws:

  • You must already be receiving home delivered meal services from City of Las Cruces Meals on Wheels.
  • Your pet must be a dog or a cat. At this time, we cannot provide services to other animals.
  • Special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis. Please call for more details.