You shouldn’t have to decide between buying food or giving up your family pet.

Hard times can happen to anyone and just because you or your family find yourselves struggling does not mean that you should be forced to give up your pet in the process. This is why Long Island Cares offers Baxter’s Pet Pantry to help families with not only pet food, but also toys, clothes, and other supplies needed to take care of a pet. This program is run in partnership with the Animal Rescue Fund which enables Long Island Cares to distribute these supplies through our network.

Long Island Cares also offers a free basket of supplies to those who serve in the armed services when they adopt an adult dog from a local animal shelter. It’s our way of saying thank you for all that you do in defending our nation and keeping an animal safe.

We also offer support to local animal shelters. We provide pet food, supplies, and more via donations to Long Island’s may pet shelters and offer delivery directly to these shelters if need be. To get more info about this program or to get a tour of our warehouse, please contact Jessica Rosati, Ph.D., Chief Programs Officer at: 631.582.3663 Ext 109 or email: [email protected]

If you’re looking for supplies for your pet, please make an appointment or contact one of our First Stop Pantry locations. Please note, Baxter’s Pet Pantry is only available to Suffolk and Nassau County residents.

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: [email protected]

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.


About

Baxter’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.

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.

Long Island Cares, Inc. is very grateful to our corporate partners at PETCOPet Supplies Plus, TargetVCA Animal HospitalsPet 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.

Partners

PETCO

Target

Pet Supples Plus

Pet Smart

Walmart

Thanks to a very generous $10,000 grant from VCA Charities, Long Island Cares now has the support needed to operate our newest satellite location in Lindenhurst. Known as the “Long Island Cares Annex”, this location opened in October 2019 and helps with the Baxter’s Pet Pantry program and other services. The Long Island Cares Annex is located at 161 North Wellwood Avenue, right next to our South Shore Service Center.

We thank Hill’s Pet Food for partnering with VCA Charities to help with the expansion of Baxter’s Pet Pantry. Hill’s Pet Food’s mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets fits in perfectly with Long Island Cares’ mission to help those in need in our community.

Thank you to The Caplan-Bensley Foundation for providing Long Island Cares with a very generous $5,000 donation to help our new pet pantry in Lindenhurst. The Caplan-Bensley Foundation provides dog food to families who are struggling, much like Baxter’s Pet Pantry, and we could not be more grateful to have a generous and understanding partner as them.

PETCO

Target

Pet Supples Plus

Pet Smart

Walmart

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