The HOPE Pet Food Pantry is located at 844 Munson Avenue (in the lower level of the Bay Area Pet Hospital building) in Traverse City. Financial gifts to HOPE and donations of pet food and supplies may be made through the hospital staff during normal business hours.
The Pantry is not staffed. Clients seeking pet food assistance must submit an application and be approved prior to receiving food. Applications may be submitted online (see the "Applications" tab). Applicants are encouraged to phone the Pet Pantry line at (231) 590-8133 in addition to submitting an online application. Do not wait until you are out of pet food before applying for assistance!
Applications for veterinary cost assistance may be submitted online. As with pet food assistance requests, applicants for help with vet bills are encouraged to phone the Veterinary Assistance line at (231) 631-7222 in addition to applying online. HOPE staff are not veterinarians, and we cannot provide medical advice. If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, contact your veterinarian for advice immediately! Then call either/both HOPE phone numbers to expedite your request prior to submitting the online application.
About HOPE's Founder
HOPE Founder, Susan Reabe
HOPE Founder and former Director, Susan Reabe, is a retired Registered Nurse, who is married to a retired local veterinarian. Susan has had many cherished and fondly remembered pets throughout her lifetime, and the couple currently share their home with a Chihuahua named Cricket.
Susan's idea for starting HOPE arose from hearing stories of people who had been forced to surrender their beloved pets to the local Humane Society because, due to unforeseen financial challenges, they could no longer afford to care for them. She started out by baking and selling healthy, home-made dog cookies, and using the money she made from her efforts to buy food for pets who might otherwise have gone hungry. Susan's goal was to assist struggling families with pet food and veterinary bills until they could get back on their feet. The rest, as they say, is history.
Susan remains passionate about HOPE's mission to save animals' lives, and to help keep pets with their families during temporary financial set-backs. She is still actively involved with the group, and committed to HOPE's goal of making a profound, positive impact on the families that HOPE assists. She finds it deeply and personally gratifying to know that the charity she founded has made such a significant difference in the lives of so many families. Susan sincerely believes that if we all work together, we can help prevent both children and adults from experiencing the trauma of losing their pets, whom they love and care for, but are no longer able to support. Susan is enthusiastic about the organization's future, and remains committed to her original goal of "helping one family at a time."