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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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Steph

Yes, I am on social security and stuggling to feed me and my 4 cats. They are ages 9-16.

Fabiola Delgado

I think its awesome for ppl that cant afford food for their
Pets for ppl that arent able to work for some reasoni totally aproove th is:-)

Angela

Yesss!!!!!!! :)

Jo

I know for a fact that some people abuse the human food stamp system that I do have to feel it would be good for those who are working to get back on their feet and just need a little help, but like with food stamps people will find a way to manipulate it where the people that only need temporary help don't get it and users keep getting it.

Jurade

If u can't afford food don't have a pet!!!!!!!!!!! That simple assholes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jo

Absolutely. I have pets and when we were on food stamps, this would of be handy to have. Yes, PLEASE!

Linda

i think it is a good idea cause they are like children so why not add them on food stamps too

Debbie

Pet food stamps yes, government funded? NO!!

JANE

WHERE OR HOW DO I APPLY?!? I HAVE 10 DOGS & WOULD LOVE SOME HELP!!!

rikki

I'm the proud owner of an SPCA adopted dog and i do not think that this is a good idea. INSTEAD, i think there should be a more stringent list of criteria for adopting. Here in San Francisco, there are a lot of homeless people who have dogs that are poorly taken care of which is really sad, but i dont think my tax dollars should pay for a bum to buy his dog kibble. I would rather my tax dollars go towards keeping these dogs in NO KILL SHELTERS until an individual who can afford to take proper care of it comes along.

If you are already a pet owner and you've fallen on hard times, you dont need to feed your pet Nutro kibble for it to survive. YOUR FOOD STAMPS ARE ENOUGH. You can buy fresh meat and vegetables on your aid and also feed your animal - not to mention these things are often better for your animal anyway.

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