Puppy Paws and Kitty Claws has fall open house

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Community News

Published on October 12, 2011 with No Comments

The Kibble Kitchen pet pantry will have its first Puppy Paws and Kitty Claws fall open house from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, to spread the word about the pantry and the wide array of services it provides to Porter County families.

It is trying to offer comprehensive support for pet owners and their charges during these periods of tight economic times. from 8:30-10 a.m

The pantry’s office is at 5882 U.S. 6, in the Portage Commons Plaza. The pantry will offer free, supplemental pet food to Porter County families that face economic hardship.

Individuals must fill out an application and meet all qualifications before being accepted into the program. During this time, the Smoochie Pooch team will be doing free nail trims in the mobile grooming van. The nail trims are open to the public; no appointment is needed.

“The community has embraced our organization and their continued support has been great, but as more individuals and families are feeling the economic crunch the need for assistance will continue to go and so will the need for additional support and dedicated volunteers,” said Founder/Executive Director Michelle Duca.

During the open house, representatives of Lakeshore Paws and the Porter County Animal Shelter will showcase animals available for adoption.

A Hoof and Paw professional pet photographer will take fall-themed photos of your pet(s) which will be available for viewing and purchase same day. The Smoochie Pooch mobile pet spa will offer free nail trims. There will also be tours of the pantry, raffles and pet-related items for sale.

The pantry will sell custom T-shirts supporting the pantry’s beliefs of “No pet should go hungry.” These T-shirts are sold in hopes of raising awareness there are pets going hungry right in our own community due to their owners facing financial hardship. The funds from the shirts will also be used towards spay and neuter procedures of pets for families that receive assistance from the pantry.

Frequently asked questions


How do I know I qualify for assistance?


1. If you receive any type of public assistance such as food or cash benefits;

2. If you receive disability or social security benefits;

3. If you receive unemployment compensation;

4. If you are homeless, a veteran, or facing short term financial hardship;

5. Reside within Porter County and be able to provide proof;


How do I receive pet food and supplies?


To receive assistance you will need to bring your proof of spay/neuter, proof of hardship (I.E) Award letter from Social Security, food stamps, six months recent pay stubs, or last year taxes and your picture I.D with correct address into the office on distribution day and fill out the application. We will also accept a written referral from your local trustee, food bank, or church.


How much food will I receive?


The Kibble Kitchen will usually provide a supplemental food supply once a month. It is intended that The Kibble Kitchen is not a sole food source, but a supplementary one.


How many animals can I receive food for?


The Kibble Kitchen has a limit of five animals per household. The animals can be of any combination, but limited to five only. We do not supply breeders or animal hoarders. If false information is given by a breeder or animal hoarder in order to receive food, they will be permanently terminated from the program.


How many times can I receive assistance?


The Kibble Kitchen will assist families six times per year. This means you can return once a month for six months, or every other month throughout the year. After you have received the limit of six visits, you must reapply after six months have passed.


What types of supplies are available?


The Kibble Kitchen has a variety of supplies. We can provide collars, leashes, food, bedding, crates, toys, treats and shampoos, when available.

The Kibble Kitchen is now requiring that all animals enrolled in our program be spayed or neutered. When applying for assistance you will be asked for the proof of spay/neuter for each pet we will accept written verification from a veterinarian, or adoption paperwork. If your animal(s) are not altered we will work with you to get this done, we will supply food once but then the surgery must be done within 60 days.

For more information, call the pantry at 219-734-6936.


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