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President and Founder

Phone: (410) ***-****  HQ Phone
Thankful Paws Inc
P.O. Box 97
Perry Hall , Maryland 21128
United States

Company Description: Founded in 2011, Thankful Paws has already made an impact on the lives of thousands of pets and their guardians all throughout Maryland. The founder, Lynn, began...   more

Employment History

  • Office of Research


  • Bachelor of Science , Humanities
    Johns Hopkins University
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Lynn Molnar - Food Bank ..., 13 Nov 2012 [cached]
Lynn Molnar - Food Bank for Pets, Therapy Dog Lynn Molnar is the founder and president of Thankful Paws Incorporated.
Lynn brings to Thankful Paws over twenty years experience as a volunteer. She has hosted various events and been extensively involved in community development. Lynn saw the struggles of so many families trying to keep their pets during these tough economic times. She decided to form Thankful Paws to help people and pets.
This poem was an inspiration to her grandmother and to Lynn. Although the song is a little different than the poem - Ella Fitzgerald sings it marvelously!   
Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Humanities from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lynn is the proud parent of Hero, a beautiful golden retriever. This year Lynn welcomed a new kitten, Happy, into her home. 
Lynn is proud of her Jersey roots!  New Jersey is awesome!
Our Mission | How We Can Work Together | Public Distribution Days | Facebook & Events | Media Links & Newsletters | SHOPPING & RESOURCES | Paw Founder - Lynn Molnar | Contact Us
Our Mission | How We Can ..., 13 Nov 2012 [cached]
Our Mission | How We Can Work Together | Public Distribution Days | Facebook & Events | Media Links & Newsletters | SHOPPING & RESOURCES | Paw Founder - Lynn Molnar | Contact Us
"It's vital to understand the bond ... [cached]
"It's vital to understand the bond between person and pet," says Lynn Molnar, the founder of Thankful Paws, a mobile pet food bank.
"Some people who don't have pets, just don't get it and they don't understand, [they think] well if you're broke, get rid of your dog. They don't understand the bond," says Molnar. "So we try to educate about the bond between the pet and person."
Since founding Thankful Paws over a year ago, Molnar's on-the-go food bank has evolved and accomplished more than Molnar could have ever imagined. Recently, they expanded by adding a Homeless Hotline.
"This started out as a dream for Lynn and in eighteen months it's grown to what it is now. [Lynn] may not realize everyone that she has helped, but standing back as someone else and seeing it from a different perspective, wow, you can definitely tell just how much it's grown and how the need is out there and how many people we've actually been able to help," says Tammie Riblett, incoming Vice-President of the Thankful Paws' board.
Molnar says the non-profit organization's mission is to provide pet food and supplies to financially unstable individuals and families and provide education and assistance concerning animal welfare and related public health issues.
As of May 2013, Thankful Paws had received over a thousand requests and delivered over twenty-one tons of food to needy and homeless individuals all throughout Maryland, expanding its services by getting more consistently involved in Cecil and Howard Counties, says Molnar.
"We're really starting to work a lot with more homeless people too. It's a heartbreaker, but we're happy that we're able to help them in any way that we can," says Molnar.
The Homeless Hotline was created as a separate contact from their regular online assistance request form and is dedicated only to homeless people with pets due to the fact that most have limited access to the Internet.
"I do find that some of these people do have access to telephones and some of them even have cellphones or they know somebody with a cellphone," says Molnar.
"It was the first time so many people were gathered for the same cause of Thankful Paws and it was just so exciting, for me, to see so many people that have helped along the way and care about Thankful Paws to be there," says Molnar.
Molnar says the organization needs volunteers in local communities to help.
Lynn Molnar, Tammie Riblett and members of the Thankful Paws' board. (Photo courtesy of BeMore Photography)
Donations in the process of being sorted and distributed. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Molnar).
Thankful Paws' founder, Lynn Molnar, and her dog, Hero. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Molnar)
Thankful Paws' founder, Lynn Molnar, and her dog, Hero. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Molnar)
Helping those going through rough, economic times warms her heart, says Thankful Paws' founder, Lynn Molnar. Download This File As the organization grows and delivers more food, it's expanded. Recently, Thankful Paws launched a Homeless Hotline, says Molnar. Download This File
Molnar has many future goals for the non-profit organization, including getting involved in Maryland's schools. Download This File Riblett hopes others will be inspired to start their own pet food bank organizations, like Molnar's.
Project PAWS - I Am Sequoia - The Teaching Dog, 5 June 2012 [cached]
Lynn Molnar, the owner of Thankful Paws in Baltimore (pet food bank - really neat cause!), is an animal advocacy columnist and she wrote a small article about me and you in the examiner and is featured :) It's funny that Lynn has a golden retriever named Hero and he looks like he could be your brother!
Lynn Molnar recently founded ..., 26 Mar 2012 [cached]
Lynn Molnar recently founded Thankful Paws, a nonprofit that provides pet food and supplies for those who are unable to afford them for their cats and dogs. Photo courtesy of Thankful Paws
Lynn Molnar knows all too well how an unexpected financial crisis can affect an entire family - including its four-legged members.
Several years ago, Molnar was faced with several large medical and tuition bills, and even though she had a job, money was tight. She had enough money to buy food for either herself or her four pets.
In Molnar's case, her pets came first. She resorted to getting food for herself through food banks. And though times are better now, that experience gave birth to the new food bank for pets called Thankful Paws.
Founded just three months ago, Thankful Paws is dedicated to helping people keep their pets, said Molnar, who lives in White Marsh. The nonprofit organization provides dog and cat food and other supplies to pet owners going through a rough patch financially, with a focus on seniors, veterans, the homeless and those with disabilities .
"Sometimes life can present all of us an unexpected problem," said Molnar. "In times of crisis, the last thing we want to worry about is giving up the part of our lives that brings us joy and unconditional love...our pets."
Inspired from childhood
Her grandmother inspired her to find ways to help others. When Molnar was a little girl, her grandmother gave her a birthday card with a poem written by Helen Steiner Rice called "Brighten the Corner Where You Are."
Molnar said has never forgotten such lines as, "So do not sit and idly wish for wider, new dimensions, Where you can put in practice your many good intentions...", as well as her grandmother's compassion for people and the life lessons she taught.
Thankful Paws has already helped feed the pets of about 150 families throughout Harford and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City. Since Thankful Paws opened its doors, it has purchased more than $700 worth of dog and cat food, and has also redistributed over 50 bags of new and unopened pet food donated to the organization.
"Thankful Paws helps to take the financial burden off of the minds of pet owners in need by providing food and supplies to their loyal, faithful and loving pets," said Molnar. "It is our honor to help America's veterans, especially those with service dogs. We thank you for your service. Please let us help you keep your best friend."
Molnar is also reaching out to the homeless, providing not only pet food, but leashes, blankets, bowls and flea medicines.
Molnar says that she also welcomes volunteers of any age with a range of skills. Opportunities range from picking up supplies and making deliveries, to writing business plans, fundraising and more.
"There is no need to abandon a pet - or find a new home for your faithful companion just because of money," she said.
To receive help, or to volunteer, contact Molnar at (443) 528-3637 or email
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