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Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
Senior Pet Program

Emergency planning is important for pets, too. 
For information from the
South Carolina Association of Veterinarians 
regarding emergency planning for your pets, please click here.


The mission of the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging Senior Pet Program is to provide low or no cost pet care to qualifying individuals receiving services through the LGOA.

Through the program, seniors will be able to live at home and have meaningful relationships with their pets.

Program Goals

- Offer nutritious meal options for both the senior and the pet(s)
Educate seniors on proper ways to take care of their pet(s)
Provide seniors the opportunity to live in their own homes with their pet(s)
- Establish statewide partners that will provide pet supplies/services to seniors receiving other Aging services

Support Opportunities

Business Partner
Businesses who cater to pets with supplies or services may provide donations to the LGOA, which in turn, will be given to a senior. Supplies may include, but are not limited to: pet food; crates; pet beds; harnesses or collars; leashes; treats; and pet toys. Services include, but are not limited to: yearly vaccinations; spaying and neutering; grooming; and emergency pet care.

Business Contributor
Businesses who do not provide pet services are more than welcome to support the Senior Pet Program through donations or contributions.

Provide information.

Support a Senior’s Pet
The supporter will be provided with the name of a pet. When a need arises for him or her, you will be contacted to assist the pet.

Donate in honor or memory of your beloved pet.

Tell us how you would like to support the program.

Additional Information

The Senior Pet Program is being piloted in the Central Midlands and Appalachia regions.  Once best practices are achieved, the program will expand statewide.


Individuals who receive Home-Delivered Meals are being surveyed to determine what their pet's needs are in each region.  Once the need is determined, staff from the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging will work with current partners, in addition to building new relationships to provide pet food and other much-needed pet services.


When the senior receives his or her Home-Delivered Meal, he or she will also receive food for the pet.  This will ensure that no senior will have to choose if he or she eats or if his or her pet will eat, as both will receive a nutritious meal.


For additional information about the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging Senior Pet Program initiative, please contact Jennifer Van Cleave by e-mail ( or by phone (803-734-9933).


Boots' Buddies in the News

10/1/2015 - Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster kicks off effort to help seniors with pets

9/25/2015 - Program seeks to help seniors and their pets

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