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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wendy monroe

i think it is long over due... most of the pets in shelters are there due to the fact that their families cant afford to feed them... i am glad they are doing it... :)


Where can I sign my animals up at? LOL


I think its a good ideal...


What will be done to prevent "cheaters" or people who are just trying to get free food? I hope there are steps in place so that the "food stamps" go to those who really need food.


yes !!! never neglect an animal & always feed yr animals , they are living animals that depend on humans to take care of them , and should not be hurt by our unfortunate happenings !!!! keep feeding the animals ! I love this idea .


yes, it's great , too many people have lost their jobs and can't afford food then the shelters get overcrowded. I think it's wonderful!!!


If the Pet Food Stamps are a temporary solution to an unexpected problem arising that puts the family in a bind I like the idea and I can support that. I do not agree with government funding for it, the goernment funds enough already. Private funding only. I also do not believe a person who can not afford to feed their pet should adopt a pet and rely on others to provide food for them. If they can't afford food how can they afford medical care or other supplies needed? I agree with another posters comment saying, "with so many irresponsible people out there, this will encourage irresponsible people to adopt pets, even the ones who cannot afford it" AND putting more animals at risk for illness and disease and possibly neglect in other areas of animal care. When adopting a pet you are taking on a responsibility and you should be able to handle that responsibility. I have 7 pets, 4 dogs and 3 cats all rescues and all very well cared for. Caring for our pets is as much a priority for us as caring for ourselves. That is the decision we made when we adopted.


Also ssi or sdi , pets needs money for living cost me under apartments cost me over $100 monthly too.


I think this can be a good thing, it should not be an excuse for people to go out and adopt pets. Animals require more than just food, (veterinary care, adequate shelter, etc). But where I think this is productive is for the people who may be temporarily unemployed, and short on cash to feed the pets they already own. Since it is not government subsidized, it is important for the people who are given aid from these programs give back when they are able to.


GREAT idea!