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Pet Food Stamps
Nonprofit seeks to keep families together by giving out kibble

The downturn in the economy has meant difficult decisions for many people, including pet lovers. Animal shelters have been inundated with relinquished dogs and cats, while families worry about how they will put food on the table.

In recent years, food banks have realized this struggle and many have added pet food to their shelves. There’s even been a rise in dedicated pet food pantries. But unfortunately many people don’t live near any of these resources.

That problem inspired Marc Okon to create Pet Food Stamps earlier this month, so that people wouldn’t have to give up their pets or choose between feeding their families or their beloved animals.

There’s clearly a real need for the new organization. In the first two weeks, the nonprofit got more than 12,000 requests for pet food. To qualify, families must prove they’re receiving assistance from the state. If approved, they’ll get a monthly allotment to spend at Pet Food Direct. 

Pet Food Stamps will be looking for federal funds and grants, but in the meantime they’re in need of monetary donations to carry out their mission. Marc's organization is a great way to reach people across the country, no matter where they live, and will hopefully help keep families together in these tough economic times.

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photo by redjar/flickr.

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Submitted by Anonymous | April 6 2013 |

Wonderful!! Thank you so much for all of your efforts. Although many do not qualify for state aid and have this terrible situation. Those that fall between the cracks, they can not get health care, meds, clothes and some times warmth. They still fight and also choose to feed their dog first.

Submitted by AlexJ | April 23 2013 |

I think the best thing you can do for your dog is to give them healthy homemade food please don't give them commercial food because commercial food affect their health badly. At least try the sample recipes in the website I mentioned about.

Submitted by Frances Howard | September 4 2013 |

I've been trying to get pet food stamps since May and I never get a response. I created an account and sent documents by regular mail. I am on assistance and need this benefit for my dog. What am I doing wrong????

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