Company Profile

What We’re Doing

Pet Food Distributions to Humans without Homes in Baltimore City
We follow the event schedule of
B & D's  for our pet food deliveries.

Education & Presentations

We offer motivational and informational programming to people of all ages and in all settings. We specialize in the Human-Animal BondAnimal Assisted Interventions and Zooeyia

Food Drive & Fundraiser
You can help us by organizing a
fundraiser or by hosting a pet food drive for our elderly or homeless clients.


We conduct research on the Human-Animal Bond in clinical, residential and educational settings. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us.

''The Human-Animal Bond is the dynamic relationship between people and animals in that each influences the psychological and physiological state of the other. Human-animal interaction has profound physiological consequences. People, in the contact with animals experience a decrease in blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and a general feeling of well being. By observing the behavior of animals, children learn to be more nurturing and perhaps better parents to their own children. The therapeutic value of animals for socially isolated individuals in nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, and prisons has been documented. People in the presence of animals are often perceived to be more happy and healthy.'' (Purdue University) 
Animals provide the reason to live for our clients of the pet food bank. Elderly and people experiencing homelessness are often stigmatized and marginalized. Having a pet companion helps provides the much-needed stability and companionship. Our clients will go without food for themselves to make sure their pet has food to eat. It is their commitment to love that inspires us to help them. We are honoring their commitment to keep their companion, even though they will be misunderstood, judged.  

We have been able to help thousands of people keep their pets during the difficult times. We are known as the 'rescue before the rescue' and have many success stories of people who overcame homelessness and isolation with their pet.  Since we started, we have distributed over 72 tons of pet food and supplies - that's like filling eleven school buses with pet food! 

We can't do it alone and we need your help. Please become a monthly partner with us.

Current Services & Opportunities

Founded: 2011

Baltimore, Maryland


Thankful Paws originally started out as just a food bank for pets, however it was through seeing the love and compassion that at-risk populations had for their pets, that led to the creation of the research and educational programming you see today. We were often told, ''if they can't afford the pet, they shouldn't have one.'' It was this statement and lack of understanding that lead us to establish educational programming about the Human-Animal Bond.