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« on: December 17, 2009, 12:41:05 PM »


United-Way of Monroe County
Back To Basics Project
7444 State Road 45 E.
Unionville, IN 47468
(812) 331-2980
(812) 331-2985

The Back to Basics Project seeks to address the fundamental needs of both companion animals and under-served individuals in the Midwest. Our purpose is to ensure a more equitable distribution of resources to the disadvantaged in rural areas.

Our two initial projects are a pet food pantry and teaching beginning grant writing.

The Back to Basics Project was organized by a group of concerned citizens in Indiana who feel the abundant resources in our country are sometimes misdirected. BTBP seeks to address the fundamental needs of both companion animals and under-served individuals.

Agency:  Back To Basics Project
Donation name:  Pet Food And Supplies
Description:  Any brand cat food, any brand dog food, any brand kitty litter.

Our pet food pantry is working with Area 10 to deliver pet food along with “people food” to home bound and disabled pet owners.
Quantity:  unlimited
Age:  not specified
Gender:  not specified

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 12:42:47 PM »

Indiana-Johnson County-

Molly's Meals
To request help, call Molly’s Meals at (317) 859-6837 or the Johnson County Humane Society at (317) 535-6626.

"Out of work and financially strapped, Staci Young grew desperate to avoid what she considers unthinkable: giving up three members of her family.

"To feed the family’s dogs, Coot and Rylee, and cat Karma, Young turned to a Greenwood woman who offers a rare service: the home delivery of free pet food and cat litter to Johnson County families in need.

"Donations for Molly’s Meals are collected at drop-off sites; most are retail stores."

How to donate to Molly’s Meals

To donate pet food and other supplies to Molly’s Meals, including cat litter and flea collars, go to any of these locations:

Mind Body Soul, 77 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood.

Auntie Leila’s Pet Salon and Barkery, 50 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood.

Speck’s Pet Supplies,in retail center just southeast of Ind. 135 and Main Street, Greenwood.

Pet Supplies&More, 201 N. U.S. 31, Whiteland.

Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2009, 12:43:49 PM »

Indiana-West Lafayette-

Hope for Pets Food Pantry
Founded by TriCounty TNR and Seeds of Hope Ministries

Seeds of Hope
505 S 3rd St
Lafayette, IN 47905-1014
(765) 838-2413

TriCounty TNR
Contact Us page link.

TriCounty TNR and Seeds of Hope Ministries co-founded Hope for Pets Food Pantry which goes that extra mile.

When families are faced with limited funds, purchasing food for their pets may be a challenge and Hope for Pets Food Pantry is available to help alleviate this issue.

The food pantry is located in Lafayette at the Buttery Shelf Eatery, 927 Main Street and is open to the public the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Not only does Hope for Pets provide much needed pet food to families in need, they also hope to assist with altering pets in the future and are beginning a pet food coupon bank.

Make a donation to Hope for Pets. Donations of pet food and supplies may be dropped off at the Buttery Shelf Eatery during the pantry hours (location and hours noted above). Also consider donating any unused pet food coupons you may have.

This is the information I have from the TriCounty TNR website; suggest contacting them for more information about the pantry.


JC Online April 28, 2010

"Seeds of Hope Community Ministries has operated a food pantry in various locations for about 15 years. Its current site is behind the Buttery Shelf Eatery downtown.

"The food pantry organizers quickly realized there also was a need to help the distressed families feed their pets. Thus was born the Hope for Pets Food Pantry, which operates side-by-side with the regular food pantry.

"The Tri-County Trap-Neuter-Return group and its volunteers oversee the pet food pantry, which has helped about 700 pets since it opened in December 2008.

""Many come here for people food and pet food," said volunteer Mona Martinek.

We always need more donations," said Andrews.

"We'll take opened food that a person's pet doesn't like, along with canned food and dry food."

"If people want to donate pet food, the Hope for Pets Food Pantry will arrange a drop-off time or go to the home to pick up the food."


"The Hope for Pets Food Pantry needs donations of pet food and money. It is located behind the Buttery Shelf Eatery at 10th and Main streets.

"Call (765) 497-0954 or e-mail to arrange a donation delivery time or pick-up of the pet food.

"The pet food pantry is open from 9 to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday each month -- the same as the adjoining Seeds of Hope Food Pantry for people.

"To donate food, money or to volunteer for the food pantry, call (765) 714-3221 or (765) 479-0046.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2009, 12:44:18 PM »

Indiana-Nashville-Brown County, Indiana-

Brown County Humane Society
128 State Road 135
Nashville, IN 47448

We offer Pet Food assistance to qualified applicants.  Contact the Shelter office at (812) 988-7362 for full details.

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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2009, 12:45:44 PM »

Indiana-Greenfield-Indianapolis area-

Partners for Animal Welfare Society Inc.
1278 N. State Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317-467-1816

Partners for Animal Welfare Society, Inc. or P.A.W.S. is a 501(c)(3) entity and an Indiana not-for-profit corporation operating solely in Hancock County, Indiana. Our mission is to promote animal welfare through humane education and pet population control. Education is the cornerstone of all we do. Our programs include a foster pet program, a pet food pantry for low income pet owners, low cost spay/neuter programs and assistance, off-site adoption events for our foster pets and animal control shelter pets, and our classroom humane education programs.

Pet Food Pantry

Thanks to our corporate partners - Purina, Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply - and to individual donors,

P.A.W.S. is able to provide more than 10,000 pounds of pet food annually to Hancock County pet owners who are experiencing temporary financial difficulties and whose pets would otherwise go hungry.

Donated food can be dropped off at the Greenfield Tractor Supply Store, 1645 N. State Street, during its normal business hours.


The organization and its pet food pantry have now moved to larger quarters at:

Schakel Center at 3141 W. U.S. 40.
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2009, 12:47:49 PM »

WFIE-Vanderburgh County, Indiana

""A lot of people are having to turn them in because they're moving to more affordable housing, which is something we're seeing a lot of. So unfortunately our surrenders are up, and our adoptions aren't what they have been in the past," said Miranda Knight of the Vanderburgh Humane Society.

"The pet food pantry is now open only on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The humane society also accepts pet food donations to use in the pantry."


Indiana-Evansville-Tri-State area-

Vanderburgh Humane Society
400 Millner Industrial Drive 
Evansville, Indiana 47710
Mailing adddress: P.O. Box 6711
Evansville, Indiana 47719-6711
Phone: 812-426-2563
Fax: 812-426-2563

Resource and Assistance
The VHS serves as an important resource and offers assistance to the smaller animal shelters in the Tri-State area through training, resource tools and providing other pertinent information. The VHS knows that if other shelters do well, it will help all shelter animals in the long run.

In addition, the VHS acts as a resource to pet owners in the Tri-State by answering questions and solving problems they are having with pets in their home. The shelter understands that if problems can be solved or even prevented, the animal has a better chance of staying in the home and staying out of the shelter.

Finally, because our community is so supportive by donating food for the shelter animals, the VHS is able to offer other shelters and the public food for their animals in times of crises or during emergency situations

This is all the information about pet food on their website-suggest contacting them for more.
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 12:48:40 PM »

WFIE--Warrick County, Indiana-

"We're seeing more surrenders, people are just dropping cats off, and dogs off," Nancy Lybarger with the Warrick Co. Humane Society said. "If somebody does need animal food, if they need pet food, we have a pet food bank here."

"The Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter. All pets are spayed and neutered before they go to a new home."


Indiana-Newburgh-Warrick County-

Warrick Humane Society
P.O Box 82
5722 Vann Road
Newburgh, Indiana 47630
Phone: 812-858-1132

Warrick Humane Society understands that this is a rough time for not only families, but their pets, as well. For those who need it, we offer a pet food bank. We only ask that someone donate an hour of service for every 10 pounds of dog or cat food that you take. Please call before you come to make sure we have enough food to help you.

Please limit your visits to once a month so we are able to help more families.
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2009, 12:50:19 PM » June 9, 2009

Indianapolis, Indiana-

"The Humane Society of Indianapolis has decided to try to stop these animals from ever having to leave their homes. They have started a new pet pantry to aid people that are having financial difficulties. This program will help the pet's owner provide food for his pet rather than having to surrender it. You can drop off canned or bagged food for cats or dogs at the Humane Society. Their address is 7929 Michigan Rd in Indianapolis. You can also drop off monetary donations or donate online.  If that is not convenient, you can drop off donations at any of the area Pet Supplies Plus stores.  Donate to the Pet Pantry this month at Pet Supplies Plus and receive a coupon for a free dog wash."

Humane Society of Indianapolis website



Humane Society of Indianapolis
7929 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: 317.872.5650
Fax: 317.876.2428

The Indy Humane Pet Food Bank at our shelter urgently needs cat and dog food donations. The Humane Society of Indianapolis offers these donations to pet owners facing financial difficulties due to job loss and medical concerns, and we hope that providing temporarily relief will help Central-Indiana families keep their pets when they otherwise might have no choice but to surrender their beloved cat or dog to a shelter or find them a new home.

As you can see in the image above, we have only a few large bags of pet food left. With the help of Pet Supplies “Plus” and 107.9 the Track, we held a tremendously successful pet food drive in June and collected several tons of food. However, the food was accepted by families in need nearly as fast as it was donated.

Large bags of dog and cat food are most urgently needed, but we also accept canned food, treats, opened bags of dry food, and food for other pets (you can see some rabbit and bird food in the right of the picture below. We hope to restock this shelf with bags of cat food.)

Please drop off any donations during shelter hours (at left), or between 8am - 5pm weekdays. Thank you for your support and compassion for your fellow pet-loving Hoosiers!

Suggest contacting them for information re: qualifications to receive food help.


Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 N. Michigan Rd. Indpls. IN 46268. Food pantry is open during normal
business hours for dog/cat owners. To receive assistance, pets should be spayed or neutered. Spay/neuter assistance is available. Limit
2 bags per person as resources allow. Leashes, bowls, litter pans & collars also available. Ph: 872-5650.
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2009, 12:51:43 PM »

Courier-Journal April 19, 2009

Southern Indiana, Lousiville, Kentucky--

Local Church to Open Animal Food Bank

"The Church of the Advent (Episcopal) located at 901 Baxter in the Highlands will be opening an animal food bank to assist low income families/individuals who are faced with the choice of feeding their families or relinquishing their pet companions.

"The food bank will be open on the fourth Saturday of each month beginning with the fourth Saturday in May.

"Dog food, cat food and cat litter will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This new ministry is designed to help provide a solution to the many dogs and cats who are regularly turned into local shelters by their human companions who can no longer afford to feed them.

"The church will depend on donations of food and litter from their parishioners, local pet supply stores, and individuals in the community. For more information or to make a donation, contact Gail Bonnell (502-581-1686) or the Church of the Advent (502-451-6066)"
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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2009, 05:45:37 PM »

Indiana-Fort Wayne area-

Busco Voice November 26, 2009

"When families are struggling to make ends meet feeding the family pet can lead to some difficult decisions as to whether they can afford to keep that beloved family member. However, due to the generosity of visitors to the Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club’s Old Fort Cluster Dog Show, some may not have to make that difficult decision. In October at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum more than 3,639 pounds of pet food along with other food items and $166 cash was collected and donated to Community Harvest Food Bank to help those in need.

"As the show dogs competed visitors brought with them pet food to help those animals less fortunate. “The Memorial Coliseum was pleased to be involved with the Old Fort Cluster Dog Show in collecting pet food for Community Harvest Food Bank,” said Randy Brown, Executive Vice-President & General Manager. “This was one of the largest donations of food items that we have seen at the Coliseum.”

"Some might be surprised to learn that Community Harvest also collects pet food. “Our job is to feed hungry people and one way we can do that is to alleviate the need for them to purchase pet food, when we can, so that they can use their available money to purchase nutritious food for their family,” said Jane Avery, Executive Director, Community Harvest Food Bank. “We primarily try to help non-profit animal shelters with pet food whenever we receive it, however, this donation will help lots of pets in northeast Indiana.”"

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana
999 East Tillman Road,
Fort Wayne Indiana 46816
(260) 447-3696
Fax: (260) 447-4859 

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 07:56:04 AM »

Indiana-Porter County-

Porter County Animal Shelter
2056 Heavilin Road
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: (219)465-3550,shelter-0102.article

Post-Tribune January 2, 2010

"Staff and volunteers at the Porter County Animal Shelter have noticed something happening within the last three to five months.

"More people have been showing up at the shelter, ready to bid farewell to their pets due to financial pressures, Bonaventura said.

"A regular supply of food, yearly vaccinations and medical check-ups are some expenses a responsible pet owner spends on.

"But if food expenses are what's at heart of the gut-wrenching decision to give up the pet, Bonaventura and Katie Medved, adoption coordinator, now offer an alternative.

"Instead of taking in an animal, the staff will offer a free supply of pet food.

"That way the pet and its owner are spared the trauma of separation.

"What's more, the shelter saves money by supporting pet owners.

""It costs us more to house an animal," Bonaventura said.

"The shelter does not keep a record of those it is financially assisting.

"Bonaventura said it usually takes about month of receiving help before a pet owner can resume making his or her own purchases.

"Those who do take advantage of the shelter's assistance are "so grateful," said Medved."

Contact the shelter if you need help.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2010, 08:08:42 AM »

Indiana-Lake County-

Lake County Animal Control & Adoption Center
3011 W. 93rd Ave.
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219-769-7016,shelter-0102.article

Post-Tribune January 2, 2010

"Depending on the circumstances, shelters can even help struggling owners with vaccinations and other medical services at no cost or at a discount for their pets.

""We have veterinarians with very big hearts," said Matt Lubarski, director of the Lake County Animal Control and Adoption Center.

"The center in Crown Point has been providing assistance to those in financial need for years, he said.

"Both shelters say the volunteers and donations from the community throughout the year make it possible for them to offer help to pet owners in difficult times.

"Currently about a dozen Lake County residents, including one who was recently laid off, are taking advantage of the free food supply, Lubarski said.

"In order to qualify for free supplies, pet owners will be asked to show forms which may include proof of unemployment.

"Lubarski reminds struggling pet owners to seek help if they can't provide for their pets.

""We'll do whatever we can to help," Lubarski said. "We're all about the animals.""
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2010, 07:38:44 AM »

Indiana-LaGrange and St. Joseph counties-

Ark Paws & Claws Book Store
309 Defiance St.
Howe, IN 46746
(260) 562-2100

Ark Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc.
PO Box 95
Howe, IN 46746

Sturgis Journal-January 12, 2010

"Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption in LaGrange County has opened a pet food pantry to help people who are struggling to feed their pets.

"The Ark Pet Food Pantry opened Wednesday afternoon in the back of the Ark Paws & Claws bookstore in Howe.

"It will continue to be open  2-4 p.m. each Wednesday.

"The pantry will serve pet owners in LaGrange and  St. Joseph counties on an emergency basis.

 Brook Frymyer, whose wife, Barbara, is president of the Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption, said donations of pet food have been coming for the pantry.

"Ark is a small, non-profit organization in LaGrange County that works with the LaGrange County animal shelter.

"People receiving free pet food are asked to complete a form and agree to certain considerations.
The applicant must be 18, have a picture ID with current address, list the names of all household members 18 years and older, and fill out a new application if the number of pets  in the household changes.

"Applicants must agree that they do not breed pets for profit or sport and will not resell pet food obtained from the pantry.

"By receiving food from the pantry, the owner must agree to give pet food, a monetary donation or volunteer a two-hour shift at the Ark Paws and Claws book store.

"Ark volunteers said this  is an emergency help project and is not intended for regular supplies of pet food. Recipients will be limited to a once-monthly visit over a three-month period.

"Residents are welcome to drop off pet food donations in Howe.  “We will take any new, unused, outdated pet food, pet food coupons, pet food samples or cash donations,” Schlemmer said.

"The Ark book store, which features thousands of used books plus used furniture and household items, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

"It is located in the former Howe supermarket building on the northeast corner of the town square."


The Pet Food Pantry will be located in the back of the Ark Paws & Claws Bookstore on the northeast corner of the town square in Howe, Indiana. It will be open every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.

How can you help? Do you know a family who may be having difficulty providing for their pets? Please pass along this information about the Ark Pet Food Pantry.

You can also make a donation of pet food to our pantry. Food may be dropped off at anytime at the bookstore. We will take any new, unused, out-dated pet food, pet food coupons, pet food samples or cash donations. Any amount will make a significant difference in the lives of our local pets. Cash donations should be made out and sent to Ark Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 95, Howe, IN, 46746. (Please write “food pantry” on the memo line).

For more information contact Sue at (260) 463-2908.
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2010, 11:16:53 AM »

Indiana-Mishawaka-St. Joseph county-

Humane Society of St. Joseph County
2506 Grape Road
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Fax: 574-255-4767

WSBT-TV January 27, 2010

"Is there any place that can help with food for pets?"

"Yes, there are places that can help. Many animal shelters across our area offer free pet food.

"That includes the St. Joseph County Humane Society on Grape Road in Mishawaka. Their food comes from donations. They give out the pet food to families in need, because otherwise those animals might wind up in their already crowded shelter."

Contact the shelter for more information.
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2010, 11:27:18 AM »

Indiana-Elkhart County-

Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19
Bristol, IN 46507
(574) 848-4225 Phone
(574) 848-5453 Fax

Food Assistance

"Our Pet Food Assistance Program is designed for families who are struggling to make ends meet. Instead of abandoning your animal, come to the shelter and we'll give you free food for your pet. This program is only for those who can no longer afford pet food.

"You can help this program by donating food to the shelter. Call the shelter if you are interested in this program.

"Read the Article in the Elkhart Truth:  Free Food for Pets Offered."

Elkhart Truth-published June 5, 2008

WSBT-TV January 27, 2010

"Is there any place that can help with food for pets?"

"Yes, there are places that can help. Many animal shelters across our area offer free pet food.

"That includes the St. Joseph County Humane Society on Grape Road in Mishawaka. Their food comes from donations. They give out the pet food to families in need, because otherwise those animals might wind up in their already crowded shelter.

"That is also the case with the Elkhart County Humane Society. There you must show food stamps or an unemployment benefit card. The first time the pet food is given out with no questions asked. The second time they require that the pet owner have the animal spayed or neutered."
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