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, 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 to enroll or to donate money to this worthwhile program.

Dr. Jennifer Coates

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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

21 hours ago Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Holly Kariya

I signed up for this program and was approved 11 months ago and they show my pets are receiving food however they have received none. Word needs to get out that this program is mismanaged and very possibly a scam to get personal info. I can't get a response from the owner, Marc Okon, through e-mail or phone. It is a shame that legitimate companies are still promoting this program. Please check the facts first.

April 09 2014 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how do i get the stamps?

February 26 2014 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

need help with my dogs.

February 26 2014 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Denise, thank you for your information. I would hate to think they were trying to scam people especially when this program became big after hurricane sandy hit up there. well the good Lord will still provide for me if I ask for His help. perhaps this is the best path to follow anyways right. Amen and bless you all

January 12 2014 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I signed up last winter and I am sure they are bombarded with requests.....but, I was asked to send in my personal financial information etc....then have not heard from them at all. I couldn\'t get into my acct and had to resign up and blah, blah. I could surely use it, I feed 5-6 feral cats outside and my own inside. I know people feed way more than that but I am on that SSD govt restricted paycheck and it only goes so far. Just curious how long it took others ????

January 12 2014 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denise Van Winkle

You have to be presently on welfare or receive food stamps to qualify. 1)You need to take a picture or scan the letter you get from the state saying you receive food stamps. 2)Scan or take a picture of your photo id/drivers license. And fill out the online form info. Right now, they are very behind on donations, and there's no saying how long you'll wait to start receiving benefits. It was 6-8 weeks, but now they basically don't know how long it will be. PLEASE DONATE if you can. They can be found here:

January 03 2014 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Denise Van Winkle

I am so sorry, but apparently this organization is being investigated by the New York Attorney General for fraud-people have been waiting for months and were promised food and never got it. This is very sad. I am pulling my application from their site as it has personal info on it. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MONEY!

January 03 2014 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cannot sign up for Pet Food Stamps program. Tried to sign up for updates but Certificate Revoked. Wonder if this is a scam?

December 15 2013 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather Crane

Amazing and about time!! At least they'll be appreciated and not
Miss used!!!

December 08 2013 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather Crane

Amazing and about time!!! At least pets won't abuse them and buy what they're not supposed to!!!

December 08 2013 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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