Best Buddies Pet Pantry
Keeping families and pets together!   



                                 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. 

                                 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 14 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 services and low-cost vaccination clinics.  




                                                                      Southwest Airlines Travel Giveaway

                                              Congratulations to Kelly Brent, the winner of our 2015 SWA Travel Giveaway!

                                          Thank you Southwest Airlines for sharing the LUV and helping family pets in need!  

In Memoriam   -    IL Team Leader Pam Clarage 

   It is with great sadness and many tears that I share this news with our supporters.  Pam Clarage, our IL Team Leader, passed 
   away suddenly on July 30.  Not only is she a dedicated volunteer but a dear friend.  So proud to know her, work along side her
   and call her my friend.  Pam is an amazing person ... caring animal lover and mom to 3 tripawds (Timmy, Tria and Annabelle),
   generous with her time, ideas and advice.  She gave 110% to Best Buddies Pet Pantry and cared very much about the families
   and pets in need in her community.  She picked up donations, transported and prepared food for distributions, worked closely
   with volunteers, attended events, designed our colorful event posters, organized paperwork, networked with other animal
   welfare organizations.  It was because of her unending passion and belief in the pantry's mission that our non-profit was 
   able to grow and expand to IL and provide pet food assistance to families in Cook and Will Counties.  I will greatly miss her texts, 
   words of advice, sense of humor and smiling face.  She inspired me to be a better leader and I appreciate her every day.  Her 
   sudden passing is a huge loss ... not only for our team but for the world.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and 
   furbabies.  There is a new bright star in the sky, as Heaven gained a true angel!  Rest in peace sweet Pam ... we thank you for
   a job well done.  You will be forever in our hearts!  

                                                                                                                     Cheryl Plomann
                                                                                                                     Best Buddies Pet Pantry   

    Join us on Sun Oct 24 for a Memorial Benefit to remember Pam Clarage:

     $15 per person for pizza buffet, cash bar available. Proceeds of raffle baskets will be donated to Pam's favorite pet charity. 
    Bring a donation of dog or cat food and be entered into the Door Prize raffle.  Donations needed for raffle!  If you would 
    like to make a donation, please contact Renee Burns Elosh at 


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