Best Buddies Pet Pantry is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit that provides free pet food to
qualified families in need in Northwest Indiana and Illinois. In Indiana it serves residents of Porter,
Lake and LaPorte Counties. In December 2013, the pantry expanded to provide assistance to family
pets in need at Bloom Township Center in Chicago Heights Illinois. As of June 2014, the pantry has
been providing pet food assistance to pets in need in Will County at New Lenox Food Pantry and
Frankfort Township Food Pantry. In December 2015 the pantry joined the Pets For Life program
and began a partnership with St Ann Church to provide pet food assistance to residents in Gary IN.
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 sources.
Unfortunately, pets also suffer and do not get proper care and nutrition. Sadly some are disposed
of along side the road and 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 in its 5th year of service in the community. It operates as a mobile
pantry, delivering pet food to 15 distribution sites in the bi-state area and providing emergency
pet food assistance. The pantry provides free pet supplies, cat litter and flea/tick treatment when
available. It also provides information for low-cost spay/neuter service and low-cost vaccination clinics.
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2016 Southwest Airlines Travel Giveaway
Thank you to Southwest Airlines for the donation of 2 round trip tickets for our 2016 SWA Travel Giveaway
Raffle. These tickets can also be used as (4) one-way tickets, can be used to fly to any SWA destination
including International travel, expiration August 2017.
$10 raffle tickets will be sold at every event our volunteers attend, beginning March 19. Winner will be
chosen at our 4th Annual Let's Ride For Paws on Sunday July 24 (see Events page for more info) and need
not be present to win. Tickets can be paid by cash or check can be mailed to: Best Buddies Pet Pantry
PO Box 695 Chesterton IN 46304. Please include a note "for SWA raffle tickets". Ticket stubs will be
mailed to you for proof of purchase ASAP.