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About Best Buddies

  Helping families & pets stay together! 

Our mission

More Wag, Less Bark

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 and Illinois.  Currently an estimated 1200 family pets receive assistance from our food program every month.  Also distributed are pet supplies, cat litter, flea/tick preventative (when available) and information for low cost vaccines and spay & neuter services   

Founded in 2011 due to families experiencing financial hardship in our hometown of Chesterton in Porter County IN.  In 2012 the pantry expanded to help other areas ... Lake and LaPorte Counties. In 2014 it assembled a team in IL to assist families & pets in Chicago Heights IL.   Our non-profit/food pantry  partners with Township Trustee offices, The Salvation Army and church food pantries for distributions.  Volunteers manage 3 distributions every month at various sites

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

Best Buddies Pet Pantr​y​​

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