Anti Cruelty Society Provides Pet Food and More to COVID-19 Patients


The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago will provide pet food and provisions to pet owners affected by COVID-19 thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities.

With the additional funds, the Society is expanding its Friends Who Care program to Chicago area pet owners who are experiencing difficulty providing for their cat or dog due to medical or financial constraints brought on by the coronavirus.

“We’re thrilled to help pet owners during this challenging time,” says Lydia Krupinski, Vice President of Mission Impact for The Anti-Cruelty Society. “This program is designed to provide pet food and supplies for people who are quarantined or stricken with the virus or who have lost their jobs. Our expanded Friends Who Care program allows for the delivery of pet food to help through these hard times and it is all managed by email and delivery so there is no human-to-human contact required. We want to make sure that we remove any barriers for providing pet food for people in need who are challenged by COVID-19 virus.”

The expanded Friends Who Care is based on an existing program that provides pet food and supplies for senior citizens. “We have been offering this program for the past 2 years and the model works well for an emergency COVID-19 response,” says Krupinski. “We reached out to our funding partner, PetSmart Charities, who generously funded the expanded program through its emergency COVID-19 grant.”

“PetSmart Charities is committed to supporting the health and welfare of pets and the people who love them, especially during this time of uncertainty,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at the national charity. “The expansion of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Friends Who Care program will provide vital resources to pet parents affected by COVID-19, and we’re proud to lend our support to the Chicago community. With The Anti-Cruelty Society, we hope to help keep the pets and people of Chicago together during this unprecedented time.”

Pet owners may apply to receive home delivery of a care kit which includes a one month supply of food, treats, and for cats, supplies such as kitty litter. Each Friends Who Care package will be shipped directly from via FEDEX to the person’s home. There is a limit of two care kits per household, even if the household has more than two pets. For example, if a family has three cats, they are only eligible to receive two care kits.

Due to high demand, the care kits cannot be customized by brand or flavors. Pet owners may register for a care kit by visiting