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.
The Baltimore Humane Society (BHS) is making its Reisterstown no-kill shelter a permanent drop off location for people for people who want to donate to Thankful Paws. BHS officials said the organization wants to support the mobile pet food bank’s mission to help pet owners who have fallen on hard times to keep their pets
BHS is kicking off a two week donation drive for the pet food bank beginning today, Monday, Jan. 13.
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, according to a BHS news release. With the help of Baltimore Humane Society’s permanent drop-off station along with the two week donation drive, Thankful Paws hopes 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," Lynn Molnar, founder of Thankful Paws, said in a statement. "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.”
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.
“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.”
Anyone in need can contact Thankful Paws by calling 410-622-4892, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling out a form online at their website, http://thankfulpaws.org.
For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org or call 410-833-8848.