July 25, 2011
Feeding your family or your pets? It's a decision most people facing hard times don't want to make.
That's why Pamela Borek and Allison Vonn-Love joined forces to open Molly's Cupboard. The Greene County non-profit pet pantry helps families feed their animals.
Months ago, Borek visited animals at the Madison-Greene humane society and was surprised to see signs on so many cages reading "owner surrender".
“Shelter staff explained that many people come in here and are torn apart by the fact they have to give up their animal because they can't afford to feed it anymore. They have to choose between feeding a family and feeding their dog,” Borek explained.
That's when she got the idea to start a pet pantry.
Borek shared her vision with Vonn-Love, co-director at the Greene County Human Society. In a matter of weeks they were stocking the shelves at Molly's Cupboard.
Now the doors are open for business thanks to these two heroes. They are now giving pet owners who have fallen on tough times a chance to keep their four-legged family members.
“It gives us something to tell them. We have an option. We have an alternative,” said Vonn-Love.
The animal loving pair say they wouldn't have it any other way.
“I can't even imagine facing that decision. The agony that that must be and to not have to do that especially at a time when things are hard. Sometimes the only sane place you can go is to your animal... that thing that gives you unconditional love,” said Borek.
“Maybe we can't provide all of the food all of the time, but we can give you assistance when you really need it and it feels really really good to offer them an alternative to a sad outcome,” Vonn-Love added.
This project is only in the beginning stages, but these women already have big dreams for Molly's Cupboard. They say they'll do whatever it takes to expand the program and make sure area families are able to keep food in their pet's bowl.
If you'd like to reach out to Molly's Cupboard for help or to donate just call 434-985-3203.