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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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Alyssa

YES!!! Not everyone who has animals was automatically poor. People lose jobs and income in several ways, when this happens you don't give up your children, and in my opinion animals are no different. Now of you are already broke you don't go out and get an animal on purpose either though.

Skye

Yes! And here is another program, Thankful Paws, that gives dog food and other supplies to the homeless who have dogs! http://columbia.patch.com/blog_posts/thankful-paws-will-love-for-food

Sandra Lincoln

What a wonderful thing to hear! Not sure who thought this one up, but not only will this help animals remain with their families, but will make the lives of those families so much more joyous to have their family member safe and sound with them and not have to worry about not being able to care for them. This just makes my heart sing!!

Gary

I think it's great. People are trying to help pets nowadays. Treating them same as people. I heard people had to give up a family pets cause they couldn't afford food for them. Now they can keep them and not dumping them at a shelter or just no where. Situations happen and this just shows how people show they care.

Debbie Olmsted

Yes I think it is a good idea.

Jolene

I think that pet food stamps are a fantastic idea. Not everyone who has a pet and low income has always been in that position. I've had my cat for five years now, and my dog for two, and the last few months have been really hard for us because I'm not currently working, and my boyfriend is experiencing payroll issues at his job. My pets are my babies, are part of my family, and I'm not about to get rid of them just because we've fallen on hard times. Asking for help is not a weakeness. Pet food stamps would be a welcome aid to us right now. Why shouldn't we get help? Should I abandon my babies because its been a rough few months? That seems completely unfair to them, to rip them away from the family they have known for so long.

Michelle Angelini

I love it. I've had to use my food stamps to buy some people food for her to supplement her kitty canned food. How do you apply for this program?

vonda fones dobson

Great idea, alot of people dump or reminder the pet when things get tough, could and would help pets stay with the families they grown to know and love, maybe even take some stress off the shelters. AWSOME IDEA

Bekah

Not a good idea. Pets are a luxury. Forgive me for being judgemental but 9 times out of 10 the reports you see of animal abuse and neglect come from low-income homes. Before you judge me, I would consider my family low-income but we manage our finances and live within our means. Those that don't and live off the government shouldn't be able to even own a pet if they can't afford to feed themselves. Animals are a gift and should be treated like one. If you can't afford one then don't take on the responsiblilites of one. Plain and simple.

Edna

YES!!!!!!!!! I do think The Food Stamps For Pets IT"S GREAT !!!!!! GOD BLESS ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING THIS POSSIBLE THANK YOU ALL GOD BLESS <3

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