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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Nancy Rogers

Yes ! Where can I find more info. I need some ASAP - I lost my job 9 wks ago and I have 3 cats. I need food & kitty litter.


Best idea ever! They so deserve to stay with loving families with this help!

Misia Eldridge

Yes ... I would even be happy to pay tax for this to happen


i would like to know how to sgn up fr this prograhm please . I am raising 3 kids on my own on fast food pay . That is less than 12,000.00 a year. I need help because i am not gunna give my 4 legged child away !

diane batber

Totally a great idea maybe we could stop people from needing to put there furry friends in shelters and save lives.



I think it's a great idea. I do believe it should be longer than six months though. People sometimes hit hard times and can't afford food for their pets and they end up going to a shelter. Hopefully this program will keep more pets at their original homes and give other dogs a chance to be adopted.


I think as long as they are looked into thoroughly before getting approved and are found to be truly in need that its a wonderful opportunity that can do great things for alot of people. But if not managed properly like alot of state aid you'll have the lazy rolling up in their caddies to receive a free handout.


I am so happy about this. Some times things get hard, but for people who can't have kids these are our babies. I love mine, even sold our second car that we dearly needed so that my fur baby could get meds she needed and a proper cremation for the one we lost.


Great idea how do I get started?