Pet Food Stamps Program Gets a Big Response

By Amy Sinatra Ayres

Dog FoodIn the last two weeks, more than 45,000 pets have been signed up to receive Pet Food Stamps. The new program is donation-based, and its non-profit status is pending. Anyone in the U.S. can apply, and the program evaluates each claim by need and income. "It aims to prevent people from having to choose from feeding themselves or their pets or having to surrender their pet to a high-kill shelter,'' executive director Marc Okon told KRQE News. While many local pet food banks across the country offer food on an emergency basis, this program aims to offer longer-term help.

Pet Food Stamps isn't focusing on a city or state. Its goal is to help any approved person who is a U.S. citizen. Response to the program has crashed its web site. The group's Facebook page acknowledges the problem and says the group it trying to fix it. The program is 100% free and available pet food is listed at http://www.petfooddirect.com. The food is mostly geared for dogs and cats, but provisions are also available for certain other small animals and reptiles. - Read it at Today

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