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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sally.blackwood1

Would like to find another assistance program like this to help with animal needs. Love My Dogs.

February 10 2015 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Valerie Burroughs

Just read this on a link from this page......

Dear Friends,



Thank you for coming to the Pet Food Stamps site.



Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control the current

Administrator and Board of Directors have elected to discontinue the Pet Food Stamps program.



All donations that have come in have gone to the purchase and delivery of pet food. All administration personnel have been volunteer and no funds have gone to compensate any individual for their time in helping the cause of feeding animals in need.



For further details you may go to our www.facebook.com/petfoodstamps page



Thank you again for all your support. Together, we’ve helped a lot of animals along the way. Unfortunately the program was just not sustainable.

January 18 2015 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Catherine Bergholz

for pet foo back in 201 when the program firs and I have yet to hear anythin from anyon about th from anyone about the program so is the program

January 07 2015 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kasandra.owens

I'M TRYING TO SIGN UP FOR PET FOOD STAMPS. I AM US STATES DISABLED VETERAN,SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO. MY INCOMES COMES ONLY ONCE A MONTH AND THE ASSISTANCE FROM PET FOOD STAMPS WOULD BE A BIG HELP TO ME. YOU CAN REACH ME BY EMAIL:KASANDRA.OWENS@YMAIL.COM.* THANKS AND GOD BLESS*

January 02 2015 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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

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