My name is Jennifer, and together with my family, being low income ourselves, have started the Pet Pantry program. Our program helps low income families feed their pets. When times are tough, we ourselves have had to visit food pantries to get help with food and other supplies. We have found that the one thing that food pantries do not help with is food for your pets. So you are left to decide: What do I feed my pets? That’s when we decided to do something about it.Treasured family pets are being left hungry, homeless and abandoned. The Pet Pantry program is aimed at helping families with the food and supplies needed to keep pets in their homes and with their families. The program is based on donations by businesses and by the public. Our distribution days are when families can come and get immediate help. We have been attracting more people every time an event is held. We have helped many families keep their animals in their homes instead of going to a shelter. Pets are not disposable, they are family.
About the Family: We are Jennifer and Dave Stiles, we have been married 7 years and we have two children. Jake is 17, and has graduated high school and plans to attend college for Television Media Productions. Elizabeth is 13, and is in 7th grade and likes to do volunteer work with animals and disabled children. We enjoy fishing, camping, nature walks, movies, swimming and spending time together at home. Dave and I are full time college students at Baker College in Muskegon Michigan.. Dave is working towards his Architecture/Engineering Degree and plans to graduate in the spring 2010. I am working towards my Human Services Degree and plan to graduate in 2011. Baby and Shelby are our four-legged family members. We rescued Baby from being euthanized in a shelter when she was just 3 months old. Baby is a Husky/Lab mix who is now 6 years old. She is a great companion and friend and loves to lay in the sun and take naps. The newspaper is where we found Shelby, our Black Lab/Retriever mix. Shelby is 5 years old and loves her hunter orange soccer ball, she carries it wherever she goes.