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

Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, IL

Veterinary clinic: The Animal Welfare League operates 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 discounted 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-income clinic for people who may not otherwise be able to afford proper veterinary care. 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

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 >

Spay/neuter program: 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 >


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
1212 West Carmen Ave., Chicago, IL

Pet food: Tree House’s pet food assistance program serves low-income or fixed-income families and individuals by providing supplemental food for companion animals. Clients must show proof of low-income status and must provide verification that their animals have been spayed or neutered; unaltered animals may be eligible for Tree House’s low-cost spay/neuter program.

Distribution takes place at the Uptown location every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food can also be picked up at the Bucktown Branch (1629 North Ashland Ave.) every Thursday and Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. Learn more >

Spay/neuter program: Free and low-cost services provided for Chicago’s neediest cats and dogs. 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 >


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. Tails encourages adoption and believes that animals are an integral part of the family.


Pets Are Like Family

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