Food Stamps for Pets is a newly created donation program that aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets. Marc Okon created the Pet Food Stamps program to help low-income families keep their pets. The program is based out of New York but is open to anyone in the United States. In the past two weeks, more than 45,000 people have already been signed up for the program. Once the income and need is verified, the families will receive pet food each month from pet food retailer www.petfooddirect.com.
Families can apply to the program online by completing an application. You just log on to www.petfoodstamps.org and fill out the information.
Currently their is no federal pet food stamp program in place. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service tries to provide protections for animals in case of emergencies or a natural disaster. The Animal Welfare Act of 1966 makes no mention of providing food for pets.
While this program isn’t revolutionary as other animal shelters and rescues have been providing discounted pet care for years, it does come at a time when monthly food stamp assistance could be phased out.