March 4, 2013 Photos by: Lenkadan/Shutterstock
Non-profit program helps keeps pets out of shelters and families together during hard times
Here’s a wonderful idea… and we’re wondering why someone didn’t think of it sooner. Low-income families can now apply for pet food stamps, thanks to a New York-based nonprofit group.
If you’re down on your luck in the U.S., Pet Food Stamps wants to help you out. Since the program launched about three weeks ago, more than 45,000 pets have already been signed up for food stamps.
Many people who are struggling with rent, unemployment, or bills, can’t afford to feed their pet. They are faced with the heart-breaking decision of surrendering their beloved pet to a shelter. But thanks to Pet Food Stamps, these families can stay together. These pet owners receive free monthly home delivery of all necessary food. And the organization is expanding its reach in 2013 by offering free or heavily discounted veterinary care for all qualified program beneficiaries.
According to NBC News, 47 million Americans receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and 15 percent of people use the food stamps program. People who qualify for public assistance will most likely be able to take advantage of the Pet Food Stamps program, so no bowl gets left empty.
Pet Food Stamps is funded by contributors and patrons. Working with Pet Food Direct, the non-profit organization can supply pet parents with food for up to six months.
If you’d like to learn more about the program or make a donation, visit the Pet Food Stamp’s website.
(Source: Huffington Post)
Amy Tokic, Editor of Our Site , is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).