A New York-based program that provides food stamps for pets is getting an overwhelming response. Pet Food Stamps has barely even launched, but reports indicate the program has already received over 12,000 requests for help. Newschannel 10 shared the details on Feb. 23.
The new organization Pet Food Stamps is a non-profit located in New York that hopes to lessen the financial burden of caring for pets for families who are already struggling. Those approved for the program receive free monthly delivery of pet food supplies, and the group hopes to expand into providing discounted veterinary services as well.
Low-income families are likely to qualify for the food stamps for pets through the new non-profit organization, which is currently relying on private donations for funding. Pet Food Stamps is working on broadening their funding via federal grants and funds. KRQE notes that families applying with Pet Food Stamps need to prove they receive state assistance. If approved, they then get a monthly allotment they can spend with Pet Food Direct to have the supplies delivered to them.
Many think this is an interesting and exciting program that could save the lives of pets and help low-income families struggling to get on their feet again. The program will likely keep some pets out of shelters and rescues, or off the streets, and it gives struggling families an opportunity to keep their beloved pets. While it is too soon to tell if the food stamps for pets idea can come close to meeting the requests for help, it may spur pet lovers to donate or begin similar programs of their own.