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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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Cassandra

Great idea how do I get started?

SUE MADICK

I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA AND GLAD TO SEE IT BEING IMPLEMETED ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. SOME AREAS OF THE COUNTRY LIKE THE ONE I LIVE IN HAVE ALREADY ESTABLISHED A PET FOOD BANK WHICH I DONATE TO MONTHLY. PEOPLE WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES DUE TO LOSS OF JOB, LONG-TERM ILLNESS, OR SENIOR CITIZENS WHO HAVE PET MEMBERS IN THEIR FAMILY WILL GREATLY BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM, AND IT SHOULD ALSO BE A BENEFIT TO LOCAL SHELTERS, RESCUES, ETC WHO HAVE SEEN THEIR INTAKE NUMBERS GROW DUE TO A CHANGE IN PEOPLE'S CIRCUMSTANCES.

Laura

This is a fantastic idea!

Enrique's Place

I agree it's a fabulous idea. We profiled it on our blog yesterday as well. Check it out @ enriquesbarkery.wordpress.com.

gypsy

This is an absolute perfect situation. I haven't seen anything this important implemented in a long time. Maybe people will be able to keep their pets instead of surrendering them to shelters for lack of money to feed them.

Kristen

I agree as long as you are a responsible pet owner- Don't ignore your pet or have one just because- don't leave it outside in the rain and snow with freezing temperatures..don't leave it in a crate all day because your not home .. That's irresponsible pet ownership but if you truly live you pet then this is a good program for you..

Lenora King

I think it is a good idea. In the last10 years or so jobs have disappeared from this country. people that have pre-existing pets(lol) will be somewhat relieved to have help with pet expenses. I think vets all over the world should ask EVERY client if it would be ok to tack on a few extra dollars to our bills to help a pet owner that can't afford medical help for their animals. welfate leagues across the country should automatically help people KEEP their pets instead of demanding that you turn them in and then euthanizing them. even if they had to financially help support that animal in its home. this is a win win situation. not many people already on assistance seek to go out and get a pet, but for people that already have a pet this is great. I lost my job 8 years ago and one of muy cocker spaniels developed cancer. I would have eatten mustard/jelly sandwiches to be able to afford treatment and meds for her. sadly she's gone now, loved her dearly but would have appreciated ANY HELP I could get.

Tamara Bennett

https://petfoodstamps.org/
See link- it's all about the program and application process for those who may need some help.

Anna S. Borgquist

Wonderful program!

pam

Pets are an amazing comfort, companionship and uplift to the spirit. Why should someone be deprived, or better yet, why should a pet be deprived of a loving home because times are tough? I'll gladly donate to food stamps for pets!

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