Baxter’s Pet Pantry

tl-2009-pet-pantryBaxter’s Pet Pantry operated by Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank, which was developed in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF), makes free pet food and pet supplies available to pet-owning families in need.*  The pet food and supplies are supplied by ARF and many pet food corporations.

*Available to Nassau and Suffolk Counties residents only. 

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Initiated as a result of 2009 media coverage of families putting their pets up for adoption as a result of not being able to afford pet food, veterinary care and/or other services, Baxter’s Pet Pantry also offers toys, pet clothes, feeding bowls, cat litter and other pet supplies. Free pet food is available to pet owners through many of our local member agency food pantries.

Help us help families keep their pets at home – where they belong. Donate now.  Need free pet food or supplies?  Contact our Hauppauge headquarters, our Center for Collaborative Assistance in Freeport,  South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst, or our Humanitarian Center in Huntington Station.

Long Island Cares, Inc. is very grateful to our corporate partners at PETCO, Pet Supplies Plus, Target, VCA Animal Hospitals, Pet Smart and Walmart for their very generous monthly donations of pet food and toys to Baxter’s Pet Pantry.  You can support our pet pantry by visiting any one of PETCO’s stores on Long Island to purchase a dog or cat pet gift bag, or any pet food, which are all donated to Long Island Cares.

Special Offer to Veterans and Local Animal Shelters:

If you’re a Veteran, military personnel, or a family of a deployed soldier and adopt an adult dog from a local animal shelter, Long Island Cares will provide you with a special free gift basket of pet food and supplies to thank you for adopting your new “forever friend.”  If you’re a shelter, Long Island Cares can provide you with ongoing donations of pet food and supplies such as new pet beds, kennels, scratching posts and more.  We can also arrange to have deliveries made directly to your location.  To schedule a tour of our warehouse and distribution center in Hauppauge or to discuss your interest with our staff please contact Jessica Rosati, Ph.D., Chief Programs Officer at: 631.582.3663 Ext 109 or email: jrosati@licares.org



Long Island Cares, Inc. is grateful to our corporate partners at VCA Charities for their very generous grant in the amount of $10,000 which will support our plans to develop a free-standing Baxter’s Pet Pantry at our newest satellite location in Lindenhurst.  Our new satellite, the Long Island Cares Annex is located at 161 North Wellwood Avenue, directly next door to our South Shore Service Center at 163-1 North Wellwood Avenue, and is expected to open in late October of 2019.  VCA Animal Hospitals on Long Island continue to support Baxter’s Pet Pantry by hosting permanent pet food drives in addition to providing us with donations from their “Pennies for Pets” campaign that has already provided over $5,000 to support Baxter’s Pet Pantry.


The mission of Hill’s Pet Food is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.  Hill’s vision is to make nutrition a cornerstone of veterinary medicine.  Hill’s believes all animals — from your pet to the companion animals we care for — should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes.  Long Island Cares is very proud that, Hill’s Pet Food is partnering with VCA Charities to support the expansion of Baxter’s Pet Pantry.



The Caplan-Bensley Foundation provides dog food to families who are struggling, and thereby saving the life of a dog in need. We understand that when people experience hardships, they may be forced to choose between providing for themselves, their loved ones, or their pet. By giving dog food to those in need, Jazzy’s Place provides an immediate solution to people facing this dilemma.  Long Island Cares, Inc. is grateful to The Caplan-Bensley Foundation for their very generous grant in the amount of $5,000 which will support our plans to develop a free-standing Baxter’s Pet Pantry including, a special section for Jazzy’s Place at our newest satellite location in Lindenhurst.

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