Best Buddies Pet Pantry is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit that provides free pet food to families in need
in Indiana and Illinois. In Indiana it serves helps residents of Porter, Lake & LaPorte Counties. In December
2013, the pantry expanded to provide assistance to Cook County IL and partners with Bloom Township
Center in Chicago Heights.
Our Mission: during these difficult economic times, American families across the nation are struggling to
make ends meet and must rely on food banks to supplement their food source. Unfortunately, pets also
suffer and do not get proper care and nutrition. Sadly some are disposed of along side the road and
sometimes starve to death. Many family pets are given up to animal shelters. This causes overcrowding
and increases the number of pets euthanized. The pantry's mission is to help reduce the number of pets
surrendered to shelters due to lack of food and help keep families and their pets together.
Best Buddies Pet Pantry is now in it's 4th year of service in the community. It operates as a mobile pantry,
delivering pet food to various distribution sites. The pantry also provides free pet supplies, cat litter and
flea/tick treatment when available. It also provides information for low-cost spay/neuter services, low-cost
vaccination clinics and emergency pet food assistance. Currently the pantry provides assistance for 1000+
family pets in need every month in Northwest Indiana and Cook County IL.
Community involvement and awareness is important to the pantry's mission! Best Buddies Pet Pantry
is always in search of volunteers to help at distributions and fundraisers. Any amount of time donated
to help animals in need would be appreciated! It's always a challenge to keep the pantry stocked!
Can your business, school, church or club organize a pet food drive and collect food for the pantry?
Great project for community service hours for students! If you can help please contact Cheryl Plomann
at email@example.com or call (219) 728-1401
Thank you to everyone who supports the pantry's mission ... with donations, sponsoring a donation
box, transport, storage, sponsorship for events, advertising etc. Thank you to our team of volunteers
for their dedication, time and hard work! It requires a team to continue to help the many families
and pets in need who receive our assistance in 2 states/4 counties. Your support is greatly
appreciated ... thank you for helping us to help others!