The Pantry

We are located in Ravenna Ohio and started the pet food pantry after reading an article in Guideposts about Pike's Peak Pet Pantry.  After hearing some heartbreaking stories of people having to surrender their pets due to finances and looking at my dog trying to imagine having to make that decision,we decided we had to do something to help.

We started in March of 2009 by buying a couple of bags ourselves, then approached friends, family, and neighbors for donations.  We have been blessed each week to have enough donations to give to the people scheduled.  We have given as much as 1500 pounds in a week to families in need.  People Care Pet Pantry has now evolved into a multi-county pet pantry.  We have helped families in every county that has been able to get to us.  If they can't get to us we will help them find some one in their area that can help them. We have been just as blessed by the person we help.  The tears, thank-yous, and hugs are our reward for what we do!

The Founders 

My name is Rene Lamp.  I am the president/founder People Care Pet Pantry.  I also became an ordained minister December 24 2009.  I currently attend Bridge Bible Church in Brimfield  Being a domestic violence survivor and having been homeless, I know what it is like to be where many of the people who contact us have been.

Tom Lamp,my husband,is the co-founder.  Without his help in the beginning the Pet Pantry would have never gotten as far as it has.

We currently have 2 rescued dogs, several rescued cats, and 3 rescued birds.

  The Volunteers

 Dana Ray has been such a huge help contacting places and people to help us get donations. She also helps get food divided up and distributed as well as doing check in on distribution day.   Here is her bio:

  " Hi everyone, I'm Dana Ray.  I have been working with rescues and transporters since 2004.  I can't ever remember being without at least one dog in the house (all rescues - even growing up).  I currently have 2 dogs, both rescues.    I have organized fund raisers to help save the Asian Moon Bear as well as helping out other rescues.  I met Rene and Tom when the unemployment line hit me in 2010 and I didn't know where to turn.  When it comes to my dogs I will do everything in my power to make sure they stay with me and are properly fed and vetted.  People Care Pet Pantry came to my rescue.   I became a volunteer with People Care Pet Pantry just a few months after the first time they helped me.  I continue to help them, help others, as they continue to help me."

Ethan Bowles is a young man with high morals and a very good heart.  He is one of the most conscientious young men we have ever been around.  He is strong like an ox and carries 50 pound bags like they are nothing.  We absolutely love this young man.  This is his Bio:

I am Ethan,  a 12 year old boy that volunteers at People Care Pet Pantry. I have been volunteering for 2 years. I currently go to school at Stanton Middle School and I am going into 7th grade. I will be doing cross country for Stanton. I am a brown belt in Isshinryu (one heart/one mind) karate. My dojo is in downtown Kent. My family is average, I have a dog, a hamster, a cat, a mom and dad, a brother, one grandpa, and one grandma., and of course my Aunt Rene. I want to continue working with animals for the rest of my life. In fact  I hope I can have a career involving animals. 

Bethanne Jenkins came to the Pet Pantry for help 2 years ago like so many before her.  After getting help the next year, it was then she decided to give back.  She started volunteering on Sundays for distribution then last April Bethanne started making phone calls to get people on the schedule.

Bethanne says; I enjoy being a part of the Pet Pantry because we help so many people and their pets. I really enjoy helping people and seeing them smile.  I love animals and knowing I'm just a even a small part of saving them from being given up brings a lot of joy to my heart.

Jane Young 

Amy Adams

Brandie O'Dell

Autum Cain

Amber Lynn

Harold Aldes

Chester Warren

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  • "Iam so grateful to have found you and for all your help. As a single mom on a limited income times are very rough. The thought of not being able to keep my pets because of lack ..."
    Angela Roberts
  • "What a FANTASTIC program! helping owners keep their pets so that we dont end up with another problem of animals w/NO homes! You are helping to save lives along with giving the o..."
    Kristin Finley
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