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
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.
had enough money to buy food for either herself or her
In Molnar's case, her
pets came first.
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
grandmother inspired her
to find ways to help others.
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."
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
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.
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."
is also reaching out to the homeless, providing not only pet food, but leashes, blankets, bowls and flea medicines.
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
To receive help, or to volunteer, contact Molnar
at (443) 528-3637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.