There could be relief for pet owners struggling to find a way to feed their pets.
ICARe has a pet food pantry available to those who meet the qualifications set up, said director Margaret Fox.
“We want to try to help supplement food needs,” she said, and that can include treats. It only offers dog and cat supplies. Other items offered are leashes and “whatever the shelter has access to”, which does not include cat litter.
She said last year ICARe was able to secure and remodel, with the help of the Schuamburg grant, the building next door to the shelter in Iroquois.
It’s open to anyone who resides in Iroquois County, with a driver’s licenses or state ID which states such. “We’re open to all of Iroquois County.
“It’s for people who are truly in need. We want to make sure they don’t have to relinquish their pets because they can’t feed them.”
The pet food pantry is open from noon until 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Those interested can stop by then and fill out the simple application, Fox said.
She listed a few of the qualifications which automatically qualify one for the help: a veteran, a senior citizen, receiving disability assistance, having the Link card. Other qualifications may be a recent unemployment, eviction or a natural disaster like flooding. She said individuals will need to have their state identification and the documentation showing they’re a veteran, senior citizen, or have a statement of benefits.
Having this pet food pantry allows ICARe representatives to talk to more people about the low cost spay and neutering, $40, it can provide. They also explain there are $5 vaccines and dewormings and $10 microchipping offered through ICARe.
“We’re trying to spread the word. We’ve gone to regular food banks to talk with people,” Fox said.
The pet food pantry does accept donation of pet foods and pet items like beds and leashes, but Fox said, all items must be unopened and unused.