Founded: 2011

Baltimore, Maryland


Thankful Paws originally started out as a food bank for pets.  In the beginning, we were often told, ''if they can't afford the pet, they shouldn't have one.'' It was through this statement and lack of understanding that encouraged us to establish the educational and other outreaches now available.

Company Profile

Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. In the case of senior citizens, “just 15 minutes of bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol, and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop. Over the long term, pet and human interactions can lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke” (Byrne, 2015)


Our clients of the pet food bank are low income elderly people who would 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 dedication by providing pet food and supplies to them so they don't have to make that choice.  

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 because of 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

What We’re Doing

Education & Presentations

We offer motivational and informational programming to people of all ages and in all settings.  We have taught at Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, dozens of private and public elementary schools and numerous community organizations.

Some topics are:

     Why We Need Pet Food Banks In Every Community

     The Health Benefits of Pets - Zooeyia

     Pet Food and Nutrition

     Pet Safety and Disaster Preparedness

     Basic Pet Care

     The History and Future of Dogs In Society 

Food Drive & Fundraiser
You can help us by organizing a
fundraiser or by hosting a pet food drive for our elderly clients. We also offer step-by-step instructions and support to help you conduct a one-time food drive or fundraiser at your place of worship, work or school. Contact us for more details!

National Pet Food Bank Certification & Network

We are establishing a network of other pet food banks all across the country whereby people can become a certified pet food bank volunteer, or a .  provide individual and corporate consulting for those interested in starting a pet food bank or adding pet food to their existing food bank services. We have helped establish new pet food banks charities in Massachusetts, Illinois and Kentucky as well as helped traditional pet food banks in Maryland and Delaware provide pet food for their clients. 

Pet Food Distributions to Low Income Elderly People in Low Income Housing Facilties in Baltimore County and Harford County
We deliver pet food and supplies to help people feel secure and enjoy the medical, social and physcological bebenfits of having a pet. If you are a resident or a an employee of a low income senior housing facility, and would like our services, just contact us.