People who qualify for food stamps or are below the poverty line can now also apply for pet food stamps through a new program run by a nonprofit group out of New York named Pet Food Stamps. It is available throughout the United States and even includes free home delivery of pet food from PetFlow. The program is mainly for dogs and cats but some small animals and reptiles may also qualify.
Pet Food Stamps was founded to help families in need provide adequate nutrition for their pets and avoid the heartbreaking decision of turning a beloved pet into a shelter. With the current economic hardships, many families have been forced to make that choice.
Applications can be filled out online here at their website petfoodstamps.org. They can be contacted at 845-875-9545, through email at info@PetFoodStamps.org, or on Facebook here. Due to the tremendous amount of applications since the program’s founding early this year, there is a delay in processing applications.
Since this is a 501c3 group, it is funded by private donations which are tax deductable. Donations can be made online here or mailed to Pet Food Stamps, Inc 391 S. Main St. New City, NY 10956.
The Pet Food Stamps website also includes Pet Services Classifieds and a Pet Social Network. Due to continued growth, the program is expected to start offering free or heavily discounted veterinary care by the end of this year.
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UPDATE: A few of my readers have informed me that there are allegations being made that this is a scam. I have asked the major news organizations that reported on this to research it. I will report whatever I am able to find out. Until then, and as always, please use your own good judgement about this group and all others. The blog making the allegations can be found here. Comments by my readers are posted on Houston Animal News Examiner's Facebook page.