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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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trish

I have gallen on very hard times. I would like to know how to enroll????

Nicole

This is a fantastic idea. It will help those that have and love their pets be able to afford to care for them. I absolutely love this idea, now if only we could claim them the same way we claim children.

Nancy Gillett

Absolutely. Low income people have pets, too, often acquired before they became low-income, they shouldn't have to give up their beloved animals at what might be the lowest point in their lives already. People I know used their food stamps to buy meat and tuna fish and other ingredients to make food for their pets.

Donna Van Hoy

How does one sign up for the food stamps for animals i have 1 dog n 6 cats & 2 guinnee pigs.

Lisa Carnley

Yes. Pets shouldn't suffer when the family hits hard times

Charlene

Why not people are going to gas stations to get a fountain drink,buying pre-made b-day cakes, getting sub"s,such I come on!!!
I really think these people don't need it so YES TO OUR PETS they have no fuge excuse not to give them food they deserve what you get also don't 4get lots of luv.

Cyndi Nelson

I think it is Fantastic!!!!!

Jessica

If you can't afford to feed your family, you don't need an animal. Too many low life's on food stamps as there is.

lori

Yes!

marie

OH YEAH! NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD TO GET THEIR PETS A GOOD FOOD OR EVEN BRANDED ONE...SMALL OR BIG HELP, IN CASH OF IN KIND IS A HUGE HELP FOR EVERY FAMILY.....LET'S HELP EACH OTHER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN AND MORE POWER TO YOU ALL AND THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT IDEA. YOU ARE AWESOME:)....GOD BLESS AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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