The food stamp program is not a new idea; food stamps have been helping families and individuals in need to afford groceries for years. While food stamps help people to afford the groceries they need, they don't help with pet food expenses. With 62% of US Households featuring a pet in the family, that's a lot of furry mouths to feed. Now, a private, New York based company is helping pet parents to afford pet food for their furry family members with pet food stamps.
In 2011, $19.85 billion dollars was spent on pet food alone. The average annual expense to feed a dog rang in at $254; premium dog food brands can cost as much as $60 for a large bag of kibble, an expense that adds up, especially for larger breeds, like the German Shepherd. As more families face unemployment, lowered income, and other struggles in the hard economy, the costs for feeding and caring for a pet can become too much, resulting in a rise on the number of pets that have been surrendered to the ASPCA due to financial hardship.
The new Pet Food Stamps Program helps families and individuals with a lower income or who are facing unemployment to afford their pet's food through free monthly shipments of pet food supplies, provided by Pet Flow, an online pet food and supply retailer. Eligibility is determined on an individual basis.