C.A.R.E. To Debut Pet Food Pantry


Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™ )
Janice Cha
C.A.R.E. Publicity Director

The C.A.R.E. Adoption Center in Skokie will launch a twice-monthly Pet Food Pantry to provide food aid for area dog & cat owners in need.

JANUARY 2019 / Skokie, Ill. – In a move to support area pet-owning families in need, including furloughed government employees, Community Animal Rescue Effort will launch a Pet Food Pantry.

The C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry will debut Friday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the C.A.R.E. Adoption Center, at 4927 Main Street, Skokie. Subsequent Pet Food Pantry hours will run on the first and third Fridays of each month. always from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

The C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry’s goal is to provide emergency food support for cats and dogs of residents of Skokie and surrounding communities. Program participants will receive dog and/or cat food that has been donated by area pet supply businesses. In addition to food, the C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry may also offer various pet supplies (leashes, bowls, toys, etc.) as available. 

“We want to help families keep pets in their homes rather than giving them up to a rescue group,” says Angela Love, the C.A.R.E. Kennel Director and a longtime volunteer at the Irving Park Food Pantry. 

C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry guidelines are as follows: 

  • C.A.R.E. will provide food assistance (one time per client per month) to pet owners. 

  • Pet owners must provide a document proving their pets have been spayed or neutered (veterinary record or adoption paperwork). If a pet cannot be spayed or neutered due to a medical issue, we ask clients to provide a letter from their vet on the animal hospital’s stationery.

  • Only one person per household may apply for assistance. An ID will be needed at time of application.

  • C.A.R.E. asks that clients agree to treat their pets humanely and provide medical assistance as needed.

  • ·We ask that clients refrain from adopting additional pets while involved in the C.A.R.E. program.

  • The amount of food clients receive will depend on the number and size of their pets.Since our food comes from donated sources, C.A.R.E. cannot guarantee availability of particular brands.

  • C.A.R.E. does not provide shelter or medical assistance, but can provide clients with a list of low-cost spay and neuter clinics.

To apply for pet food assistance, please visit carenorthshore.org to fill out the application online. Clients can also fill out the application when they arrive at the Adoption Center. 

Here’s how people can support the C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry:

  • C.A.R.E. welcomes donations from our Amazon.com wishlist

  • C.A.R.E. accepts donated dog and especially cat food in its original sealed packaging (both dry and canned), with its “use by” date within 6 months of when you drop it off.

  • Also welcome: donations of cat litter, dog and cat treats, new or gently used stainless steel bowls, collars, leashes, and or dog and cat toys.

  • If you are interested in organizing a pet food drive at your school, house of worship or place of employment, C.A.R.E. will volunteer to help with distribution or pet food pick up.

Pet food donations can be dropped off at the C.A.R.E. Adoption Center, 4927 Main St., Skokie, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm in the bright orange Subaru donation box near the reception desk. 

ABOUT C.A.R.E.: Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) is a Skokie-based, volunteer-operated, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded in 1987. C.A.R.E.’s  mission is to rehome companion pets into safe forever homes; to serve as an educational and counseling resource; and to work to reduce pet overpopulation. C.A.R.E. operates an Adoption Center at 4927 Main St., Skokie, Illinois.