Thankful Paws founder Lynn Molnar with Hero

Thankful Paws founder Lynn Molnar with Hero (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun / February 3, 2012)

To help meet growing needs, the Baltimore Humane Society has designated its Reisterstown shelter as a permanent drop-off location for donations to the Thankful Paws Mobile Pet Food Bank, launching the new initiative with a two-week donation drive starting Monday, Jan. 13.

Thankful Paws, Maryland's only pet food bank, has distributed 30 tons of pet food to families in need since it was founded in 2011. Initially, the food bank provided food for any needy Maryland pet owner, but because of extraordinary demand, has recently been forced to restrict its donations to senior citizens, military veterans, and the homeless. Baltimore Humane's new drop-off location was designated in the hopes that the food bank will again be able to serve all pet owners in the state.

Lynn Molnar, founder of Thankful Paws, said in a statement, "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 needs any variety of canned cat food; wet or dry dog food; leashes; collars; bowls; and flea medicine. Donations can be dropped off at Baltimore Humane's no-kill shelter, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, during regular hours; visit bmorehumane.org for details. In-need pet owners can contact Thankful Paws at petfood@thankfulpaws.org or by calling 410.622.4892. A help request form can be found at thankfulpaws.org.