Hard times don’t just hit humans so what is a person supposed to do to feed his pet when he is struggling to feed himself? Now he can turn to Pet Food Stamps,. A new, donation-based program that helps low-income families and food stamp recipients feed their pets according to ABC News on Feb. 25.
The organization is based out of New York but offers assistance nationwide through an online application process. Over the last two weeks owners for more than 45,000 pets have applied for the assistance. A review of need and verification of income is performed before applicants receive benefits. Once approved, the family will receive pet food for each animal each month for a period of six months through Pet Food Direct.
The organization has applied for non-profit status and currently receives no federal funding.
The irony in the new pet food stamp program is that it comes at a time when there is talk of phasing out the food stamp program for people. The current program in place is set to expire Oct. 31, 2013 without action by Congress.
Approximately 46.6 million people used the federal food stamp program in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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