What We Do
OUR MISSION is to promote and expand the understanding of the Human-Animal Bond (HAB) and Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) through our educational and outreach services.
"Surrounded by millions - touched by none" is unfortunately how many people feel - isolated and insignificant. People are busier, more connected and impacted by electronics and technology than human or pet touch. Through our efforts we help people reconnect to nature and gain a better understanding of why pets are important. We need each other more now than ever!
Started in 2011, as a mobile pet food bank, Thankful Paws was a pioneer in the pet food bank arena. Reaching thousands of people with pet food and the message of unconditional love. Happily, since we began, other charities have now begun to operate pet food banks. You can find this information and more, on our Resource page. Currently, Thankful Paws provides pet food to our existing clients only. We are unable to accept new clients (for the food bank) at this time.
Research & Results
Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages, especially the elderly. It has been determined that just 15 minutes of interaction with a pet lowers both the pet's and person's heart rate and blood pressure and causes a significant decrease in stress levels.
Our clients of the pet food bank are low income elderly people who live all alone - having no one else in their home on a regular basis. Before Thankful Paws, our clients regularly had to choose between purchasing pet food, or purchasing people food. Between filling their prescriptions or that co-pay money to buy kitty litter. Some clients have even shared with us, that they wouldn't turn the heat on, so they could afford pet food later that month.
It is our client's commitment to love that inspires Thankful Paws to help them. Our clients would sacrifice their own comfort and well-being for their pet. It is Thankful Paws' honor to help them by providing pet food and supplies so they never have to make that choice again.
Thankful Paws is known as the 'rescue before the rescue' and have many success stories of people who overcame homelessness, depression and isolation because of their pet. Please help us continue to help the elderly. Become a monthly partner with us.
Since we started in 2011:
- We have distributed over 75 tons of pet food and supplies
- Served well over 3 million meals
- Received a Governor's Citation for establishing Maryland's First Mobile Pet Food Bank
- Been featured in the Baltimore Sun, WBAL, CBS TV, ABC News, Country Woman Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Maryland Dog Magazine and more!
- Participated at over 350 community events
- Presented & Special Guest Speaker at almost 100 businesses, schools, organizations and churches
- Kept over 100 pets from being abandoned or surrendered
- Interviewed with Animal Rescue Professionals Association