CHESTERTON | Best Buddies Pet Pantry is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides free pet food to qualified families in need in in Porter, Lake and LaPorte counties in Indiana and part of Cook County, Ill.
The pantry's mission is to help reduce the number of family pets surrendered to animal shelters due to lack of food and keep families and their pets together during tough economic times. Currently, the pantry provides pet food assistance to 1000+ pets in need each month.
Pet items needed are: any brand dog and cat food, dog biscuits, cat treats, food for birds/fish, rabbits/ferrets/hamsters/guinea pigs, re-sealable plastic bags (gallon and quart size), new/gently used collars and leashes, and pet food coupons.
Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at any donation box. For complete list of locations, visit www.bestbuddiespetpantry.org/, or the page on Facebook, or call (219) 728-1401. Monetary donations can made via PayPal or check can be mailed to: Best Buddies Pet Pantry, P.O. Box 695, Chesterton IN 46304
During the month of February, two local businesses are giving back to Best Buddies Pet Pantry. Healthi Paws, 2912 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, is donating 1 percent of food sales, and Smoochie Pooch Mobile Pet Spa and Salon, 503 Silhavy St., Valparaiso, is donating 1lb. of food per every 5 lbs. purchased.