The economy has reeked havoc on everyone including our pets. There are many families that can hardly feed themselves, let alone their pets. Pets are available for adoption everywhere, many due to economic conditions.
There may be a helping paw out there. There is a new donation based program called Pet Food Stamps. KVIA, an ABC affiliate in Las Cruces, NM first reported on this new endeavor on abcnews.com on February 26.
This program for pets is based in New York and open to anyone in the US. Over the past two weeks, more than 45000 pets have been signed up.
According to founder and executive director, Marc Okon, the program varifies the need and income of applicants. Once that is accomplished, families of needy pets will get pet food delivered to their home by Pet Food Direct (http://www.petfooddirect.com/) for six months.
An online application is the only way to use the program however there will be a mail option when the program moves into their new office.
Okon also said that although government funding is not something requested at this stage of the program, they will look into government options if they are approached with assistance.
Application has also been made for nonprofit status.
There is currently no federal pet food stamp program, but the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will try to help animals in emergencies or natural disasters. The Animal Welfare Act of 1966 has no clause which provides food for pets.
For more information, go to http://www.kvia.com/news/-Food-stamps-for-pets/-/391068/19048930/-/225r5ifz/-/index.html