A Mobile Food Bank for Struggling Pet Owners

A big-hearted animal lover helps elderly and homeless care for their pets.

A Mobile Food Bank for Struggling Pet Owners | Country Woman Magazine | Love the Country

LINDSEY DANIELS

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A Mobile Food Bank for Struggling Pet Owners | Country Woman Magazine | Love the Country

CAROLYN PAINE

Lynn Molnar helps out hungry pets.

A Mobile Food Bank for Struggling Pet Owners | Country Woman Magazine | Love the CountryA Mobile Food Bank for Struggling Pet Owners | Country Woman Magazine | Love the Country

Lynn Molnar and her dog, Hero, make the perfect food delivery duo. Lynn brings the chow; Hero brings the smiles. They’ve been helping people feed their furry friends since 2011, when Lynn started Thankful Paws, a mobile pet food bank in Maryland. At first Lynn gave supplies to anyone struggling to care for their pets. Now, she focuses on elderly and homeless pet owners.

How does your food bank work?
It’s based on need. We serve people at or below the poverty line, and we deliver within several Maryland counties. A lot of food is donated, and we also partner with pet stores. We get grants for things stores don’t supply.

Why are pets for the elderly so important?
For elderly people whose spouses have passed away or whose children live across the country, their dog or cat may be the reason they get out of bed. I would never want them to lose their companion just because of food.

Do you ever see pets in poor condition?
Mostly with the homeless. Once I delivered to a man whose dog looked like it had mange. Within two months of a consistent diet, the dog’s coat was so pretty it could be on the cover of a magazine!

What’s been your most rewarding delivery so far?
When I was still serving anybody having a hard time, I got a ton of emails about a girl who had lost her job. As I loaded her car with dog food, she started to cry. She’d fed her dogs their last meal and had been driving all day because she didn’t want to go home and face them without food. It was 8 at night, and she wept in my arms because now she knew everything was going to be OK.

Pet Care in a Pinch

  • Use items you already have to pamper your cuddle-buddy and save money.
  • Turn an old mouse pad into a place mat for your pet’s food bowl. It stops the bowl from skidding and catches spills.
  • Cook up a scrambled egg once a week and add it to your cat or dog’s food for a simple way to keep its coat looking super-shiny.
  • Freshen up cat litter with lemons. Place half a lemon, cut side up, on a saucer and put it on the floor next to the litter tray to control odor. Vinegar works, too.

Tammy Bowers 1 September 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

Cheers to my friend Lynn founder of Thankful Paws I am so very proud of her and what she has accomplished…big applause…for a worthy cause!

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