Donated food must be new in original wrapper, not expired, any brand/formula
~ dry dog & cat food
~ canned dog & cat food
~ dog biscuits, soft treats
~ cat treats
~ small animal food: fish, cockatiel, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, ferret
~ cat litter
~ re-sealable plastic bags (gallon, quart size)
~ new/gently used collars & leashes
~ clean plastic shopping bags
~ new/gently used pet supplies (bowls, grooming items, toys,
~ pet food coupons
Helping families & pets stay together!
Best Buddies Pet Pantry is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit and full-time mobile pet food bank that provides free pet food to families & pets in need in NW Indiana. Also distributed are pet supplies, cat litter, flea/tick preventative (when available) and information for low cost vaccines and spay & neuter services
Best Buddies Pet Pantry was founded in 2010 to assist families experiencing financial hardship in our hometown of Chesterton IN. In 2012 the pantry expanded to help other areas of NW Indiana, Lake and LaPorte Counties and southeast suburbs of Chicago IL.
During difficult financial times, families struggle to make ends meet and rely on food banks to supplement their food source. Family pets also suffer and do not get proper care and nutrition. Many family pets are surrendered to animal shelters due to pet parents not being able to afford their care. This causes overcrowding and increases the number of pets euthanized. Our mission is to help reduce the number of dogs & cats surrendered to local shelters due to lack of food and keep families and their pets together