Food Stamps for Pets? You Bet!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:00pm
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A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps wants to ensure that furry members of low-income families receive the pet food they need. The new program is open to anyone in the United States, and already more than 45,000 pets are registered, Marc Okon, the program’s founder and executive director, told ABC News.

Approved applicants to the program receive pet food from the retailer Pet Food Direct for six months, Okon says.

The program does not receive federal funding. “Should the government be willing to provide assistance further down the line, we will look into it,” Okon told ABC News.

Approximately 46.6 million people used the federal food stamp program in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Do you think food stamps for pets are a good idea?

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I understand that a pet can bring a lot of joy to people's lives but if you know you are in a financial circumstance that will make it a struggle to care for a pet, maybe you should think twice before adopting one.



Laurie Buell

I think this is a good idea, how do I apply for Pet Food Stamps?

Joe Walton

I think a privately funded program is a great idea....but this isnt something our government needs, or can afford to do. Lets hope people dont abuse this wonderful program and only those who truly need it, apply.


I think it's a great idea BUT I hope there is a process to be qualified. I think it's a great opportunity for the elderly, who more often than not have a pet and that is thier only companion an friend.

Denise Crawford

yes ,, i can see many good things to come from such . an pet can make many long lonesome days way better , and manyweith out , might choose just to fully give in and give up ,, a pet helps the days go smoother

melisha jones

I do feel that this would be a great idea, I know there are many people out here that have animals and really love them and want to do what it takes to take care of them. But I also know personally what it is like to hit hard times and not have the means to financially take care of them the way that we want to. Why should someone not be able to have the love and joy of pet ownership simply because they cannot afford the food all the time. Elderly people who live alone are comforted by the companionship of an animal and they may not have one because they cannot afford to feed or care for it not because they wouldnt. How does one apply for this program by the way?

Carolyn G Moon

It's an idea that will cut down on surrenders and abandonment

Terry Albert

hell YES


With so many irresponsible people out there, this will encourage irresponsible people to adopt pets, even the ones who cannot afford, hoping to get donations to support their pets. But what about vet care, vaccines, other responsibilities that require money to deal with?? This is not good news for the pets from these families when they need more care other than food and water!