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Food Stamps for Pets? You Bet!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:00pm
dog with it's tongue out

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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Lisa Peters


Eizabeth H

Oh thank you! I just found out aout this program. I have been sharing my food with my two litte dogs. What a wonderful opportunity for those of us that are trying so hard to get back on our feet. I know my little four footers will appreciate this too!

sarah bssisso

Absolutely a great idea

Nicole Seay

I do, I think it's a lovely Idea. I think the love and joy that a pet can bring to someones life should be cherrished and if you can help someone out in a way to feed their forever pet that is truly a blessing and a most generous offer to low income families.

julisa soberanis

Yesssss awesome

Gail Luckenbaugh

That sounds like a really good idea,thank you!!

Nancy Ioele-Santos

I think it is a great idea, but I'm not so sure the public would go along with government funding. Too many people don't even want other PEOPLE to get food stamps. I'm all for helping the animals stay fed tho. Thanks to the originator of the program.


I absolutely love pets, I have 2 dogs and I love them dearly. They are members of my family. Having said that, I think having a pet is a big responsibilty and part of that is being able to afford to feed them. If you know you cant, then you dont need to have pets. Food stamps in general are meant to help those who need temporary assistance. It has become a way of life for many however, due to irresponsiblity and poor life choices. I think food stamps for dogs addresses the same issue of irresponsiblity. 47 million Americans on food stamps is utterly ridiculous. We need to get these people working and paying for their own way, so they can have a pet or two and take care of them responsibly as well.


I think it is a fantastic idea! Many might say, well if you can’t afford it, don’t have a pet. But those ppl do not understand the happiness a pet can bring to your life. I am all for this idea! Help our lil furry friends out!!


I am one that has to do my best to make it living in poverty. I am on disability and a very limited income. Less than $1000 a month. I have 3 fur babies and there are times that I don't buy food to make sure my animals have what they need. This is an awesome program for any that can get it