Bow-Wows & Meows: People Care Pet Pantry – Helping People Keep Their Pets

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Rene & Tom - CopyA group that I learned about because of my work with Rose’s Rescue is the People Care Pet Pantry founded by Rene and Tom Lamp in March of 2009. Rene read about people having to give up their pets due to financial hardships. Rene looked at her own animals and just could not imagine having to give them up. She felt she could help, and off she went in full gear.

She and Tom started buying food themselves, but slowly started approaching others for donations. The pet pantry has grown since that time, and yet, I do not feel enough people are aware they are there.

People Care Pet Pantry is located in Ravenna Ohio, but they do not only service the Portage County residents. Rene says they cover the whole state of Ohio, and if people can get to them, they will help them.

pcpp photo 2The pet pantry looks for donations of all types of pet foods as Rene cannot imagine anyone having to give up a pet of any kind. Not only do the people of the pet pantry give out pet food, but they also try to work with their clients to find other assistance if needed such as low cost spay or neutering. They take a personal interest in the people they work with.

In December, Rene coordinates a gift drive. She collects new toys and items for her clients who cannot afford to buy gifts for Christmas. They can come out and choose some toys or items for their children – oh, and for their pets also! Or perhaps people have lost their jobs or maybe their home in a fire. They, too, may come for help.

Pet Pantry Facts

  • We have given out over 50,000 pounds of pet food
  • Last year we fed over 8,000 cats and dogs, this does not include all the birds, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens or rats
  • We are listed on the Portage 211 system
  • We are recognized as a public charity, 501c3
  • We work with Rose’s Rescue, the Portage APL, the Portage Dog Warden’s Shelter and other animal welfare groups to help reduce owner surrenders.
  • We are a Petco pantry partner teaming up with the Brimfield Petco
  • We currently help 200 families a month

“When people come to us for help, they know we care about their pet. I want to make sure each one of them knows they are not alone, and I care about them too!” says Rene.


Our mission is to keep families together when they find themselves experiencing a temporary financial hardship. Before, when people would have a financial emergency, the only option they would have was to surrender their pet. We offer another solution!

How does one become a client?

1.Those in need contact them through the contact form on the website or by phone 330-389-5116

2. Someone will then contact the person to get more information

3. People are then put into a pick-up schedule

Another thing the folks at the People Care Pet Pantry do that I just love, is to maintain a Facebook Page. On their page, they post what is going on with the pantry, distribution times, success stories, all that good stuff, but they also post animals that have been lost or found or looking for a new home. Anything to help.

Rene & Dana - CopyVolunteering

Of course, like any other non profit group, they could not do it without their volunteers, and some dedicated volunteers they do have. Anyone that thinks they might like to help out this worthy group, here are some ways you can do so:

  • help distribute food on Sundays between 2 and 4
  • drivers needed to take food to those who cannot get to them.
  • drivers to pick up food donations.
  • people to cover events
  • people to do researching on-line (grant opportunities, donation opportunities, resources for clients)
  • people to handle the lost and found pets that get reported (This will also require on-line research)

If you would like to volunteer please call 330-389-5116.

Rene and Tom have been married for 15 years and are the proud parents of two dogs, four cats, and three birds. Not only does Rene run the pet pantry, but she also works full time at Schneller in Kent, Ohio. When asked what she did in her spare time, she asked me, “What was that?”

Rene has been through many of the situations others are dealing with, but she has always had a pet which has been her lifeline. She says she cannot see anyone going through medical issues, financial issues, or any life altering event and then also lose their pet.

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Rene at several events and have to say she is one caring lady. She greets all the animals and people with such love and concern. Rene is one special lady for sure. I’m hoping someone out there will feel the call to help Rene in her cause.

Wish List:

The People Care Pet Pantry also has a wish list of items they distribute to their clients and of items to replenish office supplies for their own use. If you would be interested in donating any of the following items, please give them a call or contact them through the contact information on the website.

  • Pet Food—all kinds (dog, cat, bird, horse, guinea pig, rabbit, etc)
  • Treats and Rawhides
  • Pet Beds—all sizes
  • Toys
  • Hot Spot Treatment
  • Kitty Litter
  • Flea Treatment
  • Collars and Leashes
  • Pet Brushes
  • Pet Crates—all sizes
  • Office Supplies
  • Stamps
  • Gas Cards-for use by volunteers

So folks, here is a way you can help people and animals at the same time. Sounds like a win win situation to me. I believe they are a worthwhile group to help, and I help them as much as I can with donations of pet food or items for the Christmas give away.

Hey, maybe you could put on a fund raiser for them. I am sure they would be more than happy about that. Check out their website or give Rene a call to see where you might want to help.

Some grateful faces:




Check out their website, for more photos of the pets that are able to stay home because of the people who care!

One more thing I would like to say. I am very lucky to have been in contact with such special people through my dealings with Rose’s Rescue. It really gives me a positive outlook on life to know there are such hardworking, caring people out there.


People Care Pet Pantry
Ravenna, Ohio




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