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No One Goes Hungry On Our Watch!

The Little Black Cat Collective is a small but fierce group of animal advocates, rescuers, veterinary professionals and pet parents providing supplemental pet food service to those in need of temporary assistance.

Our mission is to nourish precious bodies & souls by providing food, comfort & kindness to animals in need and compassion to those who love them. We further aim to be an advocate for proper veterinary care,

including essential spay and neuter surgery.

We can make a difference, one meal, one small act of kindness at a time.

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Making A Difference

Pet Food Pantry

We primarily serve as a local pet food pantry, servicing the Youngstown area and surrounding communities. We believe that by assisting those in need, we can help prevent hunger and homelessness for many animals, thereby reducing the risk of abandonment or relinquishment to shelter and rescue organizations which are already overfilled and overwhelmed.

Spay and Neuter Education and Assistance

We are committed to helping prevent pet overpopulation and saving lives. We consider our unique organization a great opportunity to educate people on pet overpopulation. We are committed to spay and neuter efforts as well as hunger relief.

Veterinary Care and Nutrition Guidance

We have veterinary professionals on board to answer important animal care questions and concerns. We can also provide a list of resources to help with animal care/welfare services such as low cost spay/neuter, vaccines, parasite prevention and wellness/medical care.

Find out more by contacting us.

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Contact The Little Black Cat Collective

Register for pet food assistance by requesting an application.

P.O. Box 3161 Boardman, OH 44513

(330) 732-5053

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Meet The Little Black Cat Collective Team

Committed to Helping animals In Need

Laura M. Zavadil, R.V.T.


Laura is a Registered Veterinary Technician whose passion and love for animals was the driving force that turned the dream of helping animals in need into a reality. She is a wife and Cat Mama who loves her family more than anything. She has rescued over 100 stray/abandoned cats and found homes for even more.

Aaron J. Zavadil

Vice President

Aaron is Laura's husband and a kind and awesome Cat Daddy. He has helped rescue for many years and has been an integral part of helping The Little Black Cat Collective get off the ground. He is amazingly handy and helpful.

Ronald J. Rachic


Ron is a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and a heart of gold when it comes to animals. He is a Cat Daddy and longtime rescuer and supporter of many animal welfare organizations. He has been very active and helpful with community outreach and fundraising.

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Annette Ketchum


Annette is a smart and loving Cat Mama with many years' experience with animal rescue and volunteer work. She is a former Veterinary Assistant who, along with her husband Terry, has given a wonderful home to many rescued cats and dogs over the years.

Terry L. Ketchum

Board Trustee

Terry is a safety engineer by trade who always has everyone's best interest at heart. He has served on many boards and brings a lot of experience and ideas to the table. He is a Cat Daddy and longtime rescuer with wife Annette.

Sarah M. Sabol

Board Trustee

Sarah is a Veterinary Assistant, Cat & Dog Mama and has a great eye for details. She gives a lot of thought and insight to the best interest of the organization and is very compassionate.

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