Maryland Pet Food Bank Shelves are Empty – Baltimore Humane Society Spearheads Drive

Maryland’s only mobile pet food bank, Thankful Paws, has distributed 30 tons of pet food to Marylanders in need since its founding in 2011.  However, demand is growing and supplies are low.

That’s why Baltimore Humane Society is making its Reisterstown no-kill shelter a permanent drop off location for people looking to donate to Thankful Paws.  BHS strongly supports the mobile pet food bank’s mission to help pet owners who have fallen on hard times to keep their pets, so it is kicking off a two week donation drive for the pet food bank beginning Monday, January 13th.

Originally, the pet food bank was distributing food to any financially needy Marylander, but has had to change its focus to seniors, veterans, and the homeless because demand has been so great.  It hopes that with Baltimore Humane Society’s inception of the permanent drop-off station along with the two week donation drive that it will once again be able to expand its service to anyone in need.

“Our pets are part of our family, in some cases, the only family.  We believe in keeping the entire family together, including those pets. Our dogs and cats can be emotional life-lines for many pet owners.  They shouldn’t have to be abandoned or left hungry because the owner has fallen on hard times,” says Lynn Molnar, founder of Thankful Paws.  “Thankful Paws works to help needy pet owners by supplying food and other essential pet needs. Most financial situations are just temporary, so our work helps them through this trying time.”

One recipient of Thankful Paws is Janet, an elderly lady with two cats.  Living on Social Security, she could not afford both her cat food and her prescription medication.  In order to feed her cats, she skipped her dosage to every other day so it would last longer and help her conserve money to buy cat food.  Since being helped by Thankful Paws, Janet now takes her medicine daily as prescribed and no longer has to choose between skipping her medicine or a meal in order to feed her cats.

“We are proud and excited to be partnering with Thankful Paws,” says Jen Swanson, Baltimore Humane Society Executive Director.  “It is a wonderful organization meeting the needs of so many in the community that also helps further our mission of no more homeless pets.”

The pet food bank’s wish list includes any variety of canned cat food, dry or wet dog food, leashes, collars, bowls, and flea medicine. Donations can be dropped off at Baltimore Humane Society’s Adoption Center in Reisterstown during regular hours.  Monetary donations are also welcome and help pay for transportation costs. They can be made online at thankfulpaws.org.   Volunteers are also needed to help with food distribution.

Anyone in need can contact Thankful Paws by calling 410-622-4892, by email at petfood@thankfulpaws.org, or by filling out a form online at their website, http://thankfulpaws.org.

About the Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services.  We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.  For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org or call 410-833-8848.

About Thankful Paws Mobile Pet Food Bank

Thankful Paws, founded in 2011, is Maryland’s largest and first mobile pet food bank.  Its purpose is to make a lasting contribution to the quality of life for pets and people by distributing pet food and supplies to financially needy seniors and the homeless.  It also provides education concerning animal welfare and related public health issues.