Pet Food Stamps for Families in Need

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What would happen if you suddenly found yourself without a job and without the money to pay for your home, your car, and/or buy food for your family? Now what about your pet who rightly expects you to fill his bowl each and every day. If you can't afford to feed your family, how do you take care of your best canine or feline friend?

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Many people find themselves in these types of situations. Perhaps they just had a baby or their spouse lost his or her job. The last thing people want to do is take their "fur kids" to the animal shelter where they might be euthanized. Of the 6-8 million animals brought to shelters each year, about half (3-4 million) are euthanized because they cannot find someone to love them.

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But now, thanks to a new non-governmental, non-profit organization called "Pet Food Stamps," money is available to help those in need. The program was created earlier this year, with money donated by individuals, businesses, and foundation grants.

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According to petfoodstamps.org, to be eligible, people must be receiving some form of public assistance (e.g., human food stamps, welfare, social security), and your income must place you under the poverty level in the U.S. It is easy to apply on the website, but due to the overwhelming response, it may take weeks to be approved. The amount of financial help available is determined by the owner's needs and the pet's nutritional needs (i.e., size). The pet food is delivered to your home, free of charge.

People who do not qualify for the pet food stamps program might still be interested in ordering food for home delivery. On-line retailers of pet food typically have very competitive prices and offer free shipping on orders over a particular dollar amount.

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Some people may think that if people cannot afford to care for a pet, they shouldn't have one. However, studies show that pets are good for people in a number of ways:

1. Children with two or more pets in the house while growing up have fewer allergies.
2. Infants living in a house with dogs and cats in the first year of life have fewer respiratory infections.
3. Pets help to reduce depression by lowering cortisol (a chemical made in the body associated with stress) and increasing serotonin (a chemical associated with feeling good).
4. Pets help lower blood pressure.
5. Other possible benefits of pet ownership or contact include:
–Reduced chance of having a heart attack or stroke
–Increased exercise (e.g., taking your dog for walks)
–Improve ADHD and autism in children
–Dogs may alert owners to impending health emergencies (e.g., diabetes attack, seizures)

People and pets benefit from our relationships with one another. Visit Petfoodstamps.org to enroll or to donate money to this worthwhile program.

Dr. Jennifer Coates

"Pet Food Stamps for Families in Need" originally appeared on PetMD.com.

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acaravanos

Hello, I've on your sight several times and I'll be the first say I love animals and they are the best medicine and company when I is lonely and down on their luck which I am. I really do not want to give up my pets which are birds. I noticed you have never shown any assistance for people like me that own birds - several tiels and a macaw. I love them and do not want to loose them please please help me I have no money for food

November 30 2014 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan J Miller

Every time I try to sign up it always says that all apps are being reviewed and is full and to try to come back is this happening to anyone else

November 02 2014 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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acaravanos

EVERY TIME I TRY TO SIGN UP ALL I GET ARE PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF ANIMALS THAT ARE CUTE I GET NOTHING AND FEEL TEASING THE PEOPLE IN NEED IS A SHAME.

November 30 2014 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wld wind

I too have been waiting over a year wet up my account online and that was it. Have not received any food or anything else no resoonse to my emails or phone calls either. Its a great idea, just wish they would follow through.

August 13 2014 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen

I am homeless with a dog her name is Miley Shae & I filled out an application for foodstamps for me but need to know how to get her foodstamps, She is my baby & she needs to eat too......... I feed her what I eat cuz I never knew about pet foodstamps how do I get her some?

August 01 2014 at 3:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anna Bates

I signed up for pet food stamps over a year ago and still haven't heard a thing ! If I have to sit and wait on these slow pokes they would die of starvation. My family got food stamps faster then my fur babies!!!!?

May 22 2014 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anna Bates

I signed up over a year ago and still have not heard a thing! I too wonder if it's a scam as well!

May 22 2014 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Florida

I tried to sign up, filled out all the info and doc's, clicked submit and the webpage does nothing, except remove Doc's. Seems like a scam.

May 18 2014 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Atkinson

it is a fake program i have called and google earth it and its was fake i have been waitting over 5 years now. by now my dog would of die wanted for them to call me back or i would of die to feed my pet. my dog is family too so don't sign up it will never come true to get free food for your dog.

May 01 2014 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Monika Rich

I signed up months ago and all I get is advertisements where I can buy Food. I have 3Dogs , we fell on hard times when my husband lost his job almost 2years ago and I can't work due to health reasons. We get Food stamps but that doesn't help us with our dogs, I think this is big scam!

April 21 2014 at 9:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hewwolf6969

well I sign up for help and have nit heard anything I have stage 3 cancer of my voice box and other health problems and its hard to feed my babies so we go without to feed them

April 19 2014 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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