The food stamp program in the United States provides a hunger safety net needed by so many Americans struggling to put food on the table for their families. Now a pet food stamp program aimed at helping pet owners to keep their pets out of shelters and rescues begins which will give free monthly home delivery of pet food supplies to those pet families with low incomes who qualify.
There are nearly 50 million Americans who receive food stamps, and the founder of Pet Food Stamps, Marc Okon wants to help pet owners who can't afford to feed their animals. The nonprofit organization based in New York City supported by donations and private funding will provide a family with up to six months of free pet food.
By the end of the year, Okon is hoping to be able to provide needy families with free veterinarian or greatly reduced services also.
According to the organization's website:
"Once you are a verified and approved member of the Pet Food Stamps program, our staff will place your pet food order with www.PetFoodDirect.com based on the amount awarded with your application approval and your pets needs.
PetFoodDirect is an independent retailer and is NOT a subsidiary or affiliated in any way with the Pet Food Stamps program."
Even if you're not qualified for the program, you can still qualify for a 10 percent discount on orders over $49 by clicking here.
When one thinks that according to the HSUS, a dog or cat is euthanized every eight seconds in the United States, isn't it wonderful that so many pets may stay out of shelters because their families will now have the resources to feed them and keep their loved furry companions healthy?
At this time the program is supported by private donations. Will the federal government ever consider helping even though one in every six households has a pet? That remains to be seen.
To apply for Pet Food Stamps, please click here. Everyone is asked to please be patient as there are already 40,000 dog and cat applications.
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