A fantastic new donation based program named Pet Food Stamps has opened in New York as reported by ABC affiliate KVIA in Las Cruces, N.M. on Feb. 25. The program is aimed toward providing food stamps for pets belonging to low income families and for recipients of food stamps who might not be able to afford food for their pets. Also, this food stamp for pets program is available to anyone in the United States who has the need.
In the past two weeks, more than 45,000 pets have been signed up according to Marc Okon, the program's founder and executive director. Families will receive pet food every month from pet food retailer Pet Food Direct once the need and income is verified for a six-month period.
"We're not looking for government funding at this point," Okon told ABCNews.com. "Should the government be willing to provide assistance further down the line, we will look into it."
Applications for the pet food stamp program can be found online at PetFoodStamps.org, but as you may expect, the website is very busy.
Shelters across the United States are hoping that they will also benefit from the new program. Sometimes when people can't afford to feed their pets, they end up in overcrowded and/or kill shelters. It might also take off some of the weight of other animal charities since many try to distribute free pet food as often as they can.
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