Who We Are
People Care Pet Pantry is a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity founded in 2009 by Rene and Tom Lamp. We serve over 200 families in northeast Ohio by distributing donated pet food and supplies to previously screened families experiencing temporary financial hardship.
We feed a wide variety of pets including cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, horses, etc., as donations allow.
People Care Pet Pantry has formed community partnerships with the APL, the Pound, various rescue groups and businesses. We are an available service through Family and Community Services 211, Kevin Coleman and the United Way among others.
What We Do
Our Mission is to provide aid necessary for families to keep cherished pets during times of financial crisis.
Our Goal is to reduce owner surrenders to overtaxed shelters, reduce medically unnecessary euthanasia, and help families honor their responsibility to provide life long, loving homes for their pets.
Who We Help
People Care Pet Pantry fed over 8,000 pets from Portage County and surrounding areas just last year. We screen applicants to verify financial hardship and provide the supplies necessary to help people keep their pets. We do not screen by location; we will help any screened applicant willing to drive to our pickup location.
Many families who apply for help have been laid off, are transitioning from the military or have had a medical setback. We work with shelters and animal rescues to reach people before they surrender their pets and provide aid necessary for them to keep their families intact while they work to resolve their problems.
Approximately 95% utilize People Care Pet Pantry services once or twice to fill the gap while they are getting back on their feet.
We also help shelters reduce influxes of animal surrenders and unnecessary euthanasia, reducing their costs and securing better out-comes for people and pets.