Pet Food Bank

Faced with financial hardship, families often give up their pets as they cannot afford to feed or care for them. The sad result is that now, more than ever, many more are being given up or abandoned.

To help these people most in need, the PAWS Chicago Pet Food Bank provides emergency assistance to families facing unemployment, foreclosure, or other financial crises, thus enabling them to keep their pets. We provide pet food and pet supplies, such as cat litter, leashes, collars, cat carriers, and litter boxes until the family is able to provide these necessities on their own. In addition, owners can receive a voucher for free spay/neuter surgeries for their pet.

The purpose of the Food Bank is to prevent people from having to give up their pets. Owners must show proof of financial need and not be looking to adopt or buy a pet with PAWS Chicago’s help in mind. Pet owners must accept in good faith that with the help of the Food Bank, they will be able to care for their animals in a reasonable amount of time.

The Pet Food Bank runs solely on the generosity of the community – all pet food and supplies are donated by others. Nothing is purchased by PAWS Chicago. We are always in need of more items! If you’re interested in making a donation to the Pet Food Bank, it can be dropped off any day of the week at our Adoption Center, located at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago.

For more information on the Pet Food Bank, please call the hotline at 773-475-9426. If you receive our voice mail, please leave a message and your call will be returned.

Special thanks to Sabrina Nizzi for dog and cat videography.

Additional thanks to Sebastian Sparenga Photography, Caitlin Lisa, Heather Haseley, Dan Kasberger, Jennifer Girard, Malia Rae Photography, Richard Chen, Oscar Mendez, and Von Buzard for event and animal photography used on this Web site.

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