c.a.R.E.'s Pet FOOD PANTRY

HOURS: First and Third Friday of the Month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: C.A.R.E. Adoption Center, at 4927 Main Street, Skokie
APPLY: Online Form or Download Form or Clients can also fill out the application when they arrive at the Adoption Center. 

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.


The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, a member agency of the Chicago Food Depository, supplies monthly grocery items to Chicago residents who meet certain income, address and pre-screening guidelines. C.A.R.E. has partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry since 2011 to supply pet food and supplies for cats and dogs, but also for smaller pets such as birds, ferrets, hamsters, etc.

This program ensures that animals are not entering shelters because of financial reasons. We are helping families keep their beloved pets, which is good for the families, the animals and the community. Each week, we help anywhere from 50 to 80 pet owners. We also provide advice regarding pet health and low-cost spay/neuter/vet services. The Irving Park location is one of few food pantries in Chicago that also gives out pet food. 

Interested in helping out with C.A.R.E.’s Pet Food PANTRY OR IRVING PARK FOOD PANTRY?

We are currently seeking people to help with donation pick-up and prep work during the week, and also at the Pantry.

Volunteer roles include:
    •    Weekly pick up and transport of food donations from our donor sites  
    •    Pre-bagging of food and cat litter at Adoption Center as needed
    •    Distributing pet food to Pantry clients and answering questions about pet care and pet-related topics

Interested in donating pet food or supplies to be used at C.A.R.E.’s Pet Food Pantries?

Unopened pet food or wish list items for C.A.R.E. can be dropped off at the C.A.R.E. Adoption Center

Unopened pet food can be dropped off in the collection bins at Pet Supplies Plus Evanston (Dodge and Dempster), Pet Supplies Plus Morton Grove (Dempster at Harlem) or Pet Supplies Plus Lincolnwood (Lincoln Ave South of Touhy).

Please note:
    •    We can only accept unopened bags of food or cat litter, along with canned food.
    •    Food should be no older than a month past its expiration date.

DONATE SUPPLIES via online shopping

Buy items for the Pet Food P using our Wish List on Amazon.

Want to know more?

To become involved with C.A.R.E.’s Pet Food Pantry programs, please fill out the C.A.R.E. Volunteer Application.