Based in New York, but offering assistance to pet owners all over the United States, Pet Food Stamps is a new scheme created to aid pet owners on low incomes in buying food for their animals.
With no federal pet food program currently in place, and with regular food stamps possibly being phased out at the end of October 2013, this new organization could be responsible for a considerable number of pets remaining with their families, as opposed to the many that are dropped off at shelters when their owners can no longer afford to feed them. Sadly, tens of thousands of healthy cats and dogs are killed each year simply because people couldn't afford the cost of food, and many shelters are hoping that they will see a significant decrease in the number of animals being put to sleep unnecessarily.
With pet food donation stations dotted around the country, the program certainly isn't unique in its aim to help those who are less fortunate, but not many families are aware of where they can go to obtain assistance in providing for their pets. Pet Food Stamps can provide reassurance and a regular supply of pet food for up to a six-month period, delivered directly to the eligible recipient's address.
Pet Food Stamps, founded by Mark Okon, has been up and running for just 2 weeks, but has already seen thousands of people applying for help.
Applications for Pet Food Stamps are currently only accepted via the organization's website.