Resources for Pet Owners

A number of Chicago-area rescue organizations provide veterinary and other services to help pet owners care for their pets. Pet food pantries and other resources are also listed.

Please contact the groups below for more information about their programs and eligibility. 


Rescue Organizations / Veterinary Clinics

Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, IL

Veterinary clinic: The Animal Welfare League operates a low-cost veterinary clinic, no appointment necessary. Discounted office visits are available for those that are on state assistance programs. The clinic offers a multitude of services, including vaccinations, surgeries, dental care, and spay/neuter services. Learn more >


Anti-Cruelty Society
157 West Grand Ave., Chicago, IL

Veterinary clinic: The Anti-Cruelty Society operates a low-cost veterinary clinic for people who may not otherwise be able to afford proper veterinary care.  Services include spay/neuter surgeries. Please call (312) 644-8338, ext. 350 or 351, to speak with a clinic receptionist for details on services and qualification criteria. Learn more >


PAWS Chicago
1997 North Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL

Veterinary clinic: PAWS provides free and low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations for pets of families in need at the Lurie Clinic in Little Village. The Lurie Clinic also offers low-cost annual preventive services during vaccine clinic hours. Learn more >

Pet food: The PAWS Chicago Pet Food Bank provides emergency assistance to families facing unemployment, foreclosure, or other financial crisis. Owners must show proof of financial need and not be looking to adopt or buy a pet with PAWS Chicago’s help. To learn if the Pet Food Bank is right for you and your pets, contact PAWS at the number above. Learn more >


Pet Food Pantries

Care for Real
5341 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL

Pet food: Care for Real and the Bark Bark Club are working together to provide dog and cat food for pet owners in need. Distribution takes place the first Thursday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. Learn more >


Friendship Pet Food Pantry
2733 West Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL
(773) 907-6388

Pet food: Distribution takes place the third Saturday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. There are no income eligibility requirements, but clients must show proof that their pets are spayed or neutered. FP2 will provide vouchers for low-cost spay/neuter services, if needed. Learn more (pantry guidelines) >


Irving Park Community Food Pantry
3801 North Keeler Ave., Chicago, IL

Pet food: Pet food is available to assist unemployed and underemployed families who have trouble feeding and caring for their beloved pets. Distribution occurs on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn more >


Red Door Shelter
7648 North Paulina St., Chicago, IL

Pet food: CAFé is a pet food assistance program for low-income pet owners (including rabbit owners). Food pantry participants may pick up food at the shelter at any time during regular business hours as well as on the last Friday of every month, from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants must be willing to get their animals altered in order to be eligible for pet food assistance. Learn more >


Tree House Humane Society
7225 North Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Pet food: Tree House’s pet food assistance program provides free, supplemental cat and dog food, and supplies when available, to individuals facing economic challenges. Clients must show proof of low-income status and provide verification that their animals have been spayed or neutered.

Distribution is open to approved clients every other Thursday (typically falling on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, except for holidays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more >


General Resources

Tails Pet Magazine

A national magazine with 10 local city editions, Tails features expert knowledge, advice and pet product reviews, along with resource guides and community event news. The Chicago-area edition is available at pet-related businesses and veterinary offices.


Pets Are Like Family

Information on pet food pantries, spay/neuter assistance, vaccines, microchips, and pet care workshops. Pet assistance hotline: 312-725-3315