People Care Pet Pantry
What Our Mission Is
Our Missionis 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.
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 never just walk away. We have been just as blessed by the person we help. The tears, thank-yous and hugs are our reward for what we do!
Rene' Lamp is the CEO/founder of People Care Pet Pantry. She became an ordained minister December 24 2009. Being a domestic violence survivor and having been homeless, she knows what it is like to be where many of the people who contact us have been.
Tom Lamp is the president/co-founder. Without his help in the beginning the Pet Pantry would have never gotten as far as it has.
Tom and Rene currently have 3 rescued dogs, several rescued cats, and 4 rescued birds.
Dana Ray -Executive Director- She 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.
Dana has been working with rescues and transporters since 2004. She currently has 1 dog, a forever foster. Dana has helped organize fund raisers to help save the Asian Moon Bear as well as helping out other rescues. She met Rene and Tom when she lost her income in 2010 and 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." Dana became a volunteer with People Care Pet Pantry just a few months after the first time they helped her. After several years of volunteering she became the Executive Director. "I continue to help them, help others, as they continue to help me."
August "John" Schroeder-Operations Manager- has been an animal person forever. He has been with People Care Pet Pantry for over 4 years now as a volunteer and has recently become known as our Operations Manager. One of John's duties is being our strong arm. There are several items that are heavy and we count on him to lift it all and put it in order. John has been a great help in picking up and loading donations plus the set up and take down of all the functions we go to. Without John we would have a lot of sore backs.Some of John's other duties are handling the distribution of the dog food at our distributions and setting families up with pet food and supplies when they pick up in between distributions.
Betsy Lambright -Community Outreach Coordinator - has been a long time acquaintance of PCPP through her last job. Being pleasant and courteous to everyone and always willing to help bridge the gap between OOAK, AlterPet and PCPP to get spay/neuter in place when people could not afford it.
Betsy started working in rescue in 2009 at a low cost spay and neuter clinic -- it was a place where she could help people help their pets. "Working in rescue I witnessed people struggling just to feed their pets, and struggling to provide the proper veterinary care their pets needed. People Pet Care Pantry’s name kept coming up when people would speak to me about how an organization was able to provide true generosity; and it would inspire me to keep helping, keep rescuing, and keep going with every story I heard".When I accepted a new position with the company I currently work for, I realized that I now had time to devote to PCPP! I knew that I would be able to assist in their mission of providing aid for others. I truly look forward to fundraising, collecting donations, assisting with events, and just helping People Care Pet Pantry in any way that I can.
Jane Younghas been a volunteer with PCPP for a several years now. Like so many of us, she came to People Care Pet Pantry looking for help to feed her pets. She continued on as a volunteer helping with the distributions and fund raisers.
Kayleen Devlin - Support Services Specialist - Kay has been a volunteer with the pet pantry for a couple years now. She has a couple cats that were rescued with no where to go and has two older small dogs that she fosters. She automatically stepped in to help with donations and continues to volunteer her time helping deliver to people that are shut in. Kay not only donates her time to People Care Pet Pantry, she helps with conservation groups that focus on native and endangered species around the world. She also is instrumental in making houses for feral cats in various neighborhoods. Kay has been working with animals since the late 1980's. Involved in a work-study program and then worked in a cat hospital after school. Continued her education and got her associate's degree in vet technology and a bachelor's in psychology with a focus on animal behavior. Kay became a vet tech at a small zoo in New Jersey as well as a fill-in Zookeeper and educator. Moving to Ohio Kay continued her career in the animal field working in an ICU at a 24 hour emergency vet clinic. She now works at the Akron Zoo, helping to run the overnight sleep over and camp programs in addition to a multiple other items like the Zoomobile.
Keith Devlin -Keith has also been volunteering with the Pet Pantry for a couple years with his wife Kay. He has an associate's degree in Zoo Animal Technology. He has been a zookeeper with endangered species in many different types of exotic animals for about 15+ years. Keith is also a big part of American Association of Zookeepers which help with different conservation efforts.
Jessica Forcier - Community Outreach Advocate - Jessica first got into animal work when she was 18. She ran a stray facility on Ft. Campbell, Ky Army Base and fostered homeless dogs for companion pet rescue. Moving to Ohio she worked for One Of A Kind Pet Rescue as the dog manager. Jessica then moved on to working for a pet insurance company.
Jessica became a volunteer with the PCPP after hearing Betsy talk about about. Wanting to do more to help the animals stay in their homes and help countless others, she is always looking for ways to help.
Rinda Vincent - Human Services Assistant Rinda has been a volunteer with the pet pantry since 2014. Being a client she understood how important it is to help give back. So, only working part time, Rinda also volunteers at "people" food banks and when there is extra, she brings it to distribution to hand out to our clients that are in more need than others.
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Ethan Bowles - Ethan is the young one of the group he has been with us for a couple years now helping all that he can. Between school and sports and his martial arts, he has little time, but he makes it to all of the functions for the Pet Pantry that he can. We love our younger generation
H . E. L. P.
Heliping Everyones Loved Pets
A Division of People Care Pet Pantry in Medina
People Care Pet Pantry - Medina was just started in October of 2015, under the direction of Rene' Lamp.
Tina Sergentis the Manager of PCPP - Medina. She came to People Care Pet Pantry in need of feeding her own pets. After driving out to Ravenna and meeting Rene' and Tom for the first time, it fell upon Tina's heart to ask if a Pet Pantry could be established in Medina. The need for help in that area was abundantly clear. After quite a bit of training and experiencing People Care Pet Pantry's Pet Carnival with Rene' and the other volunteers, Tina (as well as her husband, Pete and her good friend Donna ) knew the right choice had been made and were in for some wonderful times helping in their own community.
Tina has 3 dogs, 5 cats and a bunny. She found herself in need of help and not being able to bear the thought of letting just one of her furry friends go she sought help. Having a different relationship with each of the pets it was a struggle. Kipper is her little baby, Cocoa and Bella are spoiled as well. When people come to visit it is like a petting zoo, they are seek out the ost attention they can get.
Pete Sergentdidn't just come along for the ride. He is now considered the Technician and Marketing Director. He will do anything that is asked, from carrying and picking up all the food that has been donated to fixing any computer issues that they have. He setup the Medina Facebook page and has been giving Tina and Donna instructions on how to use it. Pete continues with printing flyers, rules and regulations as well as a letter of introduction to the PCPP - Medina. Working a full time job has not stopped Pete from helping. He comes home and leaves again to do what is needed.
Donna Nickerson has become the secretary. She doesn't mind using her ver minimal computer skills to set up excel sheets to keep track of who is being helped, how many donations have been taken in and keeping count of how many furry friends have been helped. Donna has two pets of her own. Arthur is a Beagle / Rat Terrier mix and new to the family is a kitty that was adopted through Kitten Krazy in Medina.