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Best Buddies celebrates one year anniversary

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Best Buddies Pet Pantry is celebrating its first year anniversary, having helped more than 400 pet owners in need.

The pantry is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides free pet food to families in need. 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 pets together.

The pantry distributes monthly in Porter County at Duneland Community Center, 801 Broadway, Chesterton. In March, it expanded to Lake County to partner with four township trustees in North, St John, Cedar Lake and Hanover townships.

To be eligible to receive aid, recipients must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Porter or Lake County with a valid state ID and proof of financial need. The pantry provides free pet supplies, cat litter, low-cost vaccine and spay/neuter information.

The pantry is also a Food Bank Partner with Petco Foundation, with partner stores in Highland, Merrillville, Calumet City, and Homewood, Ill. Donations can be dropped off at any store. Pet items needed are any new and not expired dog and cat food, dog biscuits and treats, cat treats, critter food (fish, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits), new or gently used collars & leashes, re-sealable plastic gallon or quart size bags, plastic shopping bags, and pet food coupons.

All donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at any donation box, located at Chesterton Feed & Garden, Centier Bank, First State Bank of Porter, Westchester Animal Clinic, Ark of the Dunes Animal Hospital, Southlane Animal Hospital, and Coco’s Canine Cabana.

The pantry’s current fundraiser is Dining To Donate at Applebee’s. Dine at Applebee’s in Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso or Michigan City on any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday in June and 15 percent of the bill will be donated to the pantry. Diners will also get a $5 coupon off their next visit. A flyer must be presented and can be printed at

Monetary donations can be mailed to: Best Buddies Pet Pantry, P.O. Box 695, Chesterton IN, 46304

For more info, visit the pantry website or page on Facebook.


Posted 6/22/2012