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Pet Food Stamps Available Across US

NYC non-profit gets several thousand applications a day

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 26, 2013 Last Updated: February 27, 2013
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A man and his dog in Zuccotti Park, New York City, on Oct. 12, 2011. People struggling to feed their pets can now apply for assistance from the New York-based non-profit Pet Food Stamps. (Amal Chen/The Epoch Times)

A man and his dog in Zuccotti Park, New York City, on Oct. 12, 2011. People struggling to feed their pets can now apply for assistance from the New York-based non-profit Pet Food Stamps. (Amal Chen/The Epoch Times)

Pet Food Stamps, a non-profit based in New York, is offering food stamps to families across the United States who cannot afford to feed their pets.

The program launched about two weeks ago and is gaining traction—the website is so busy, it is temporarily unavailable. Founder Marc Okon told ABC News he gets several thousand applications daily. With many of the applications including multiple pets, the number of pets applied for so far totals more than 40,000.

“The love of a pet, the therapeutic ability of a pet and things like that are impossible to measure,” Okon said. 

Some Twitter feedback showed less enthusiasm about helping those who currently can’t afford it to have pets.

“More Incentives for a dependent Cradle to Grave (even pets!)” Tweets @JediPD.

“Stop the Insanity!” Tweets @KatyAbram

“If you can’t afford to feed your pet you can’t afford a pet,” Tweets @ValentineShow.

“I love pets but really? What about shots, etc?” Tweets @MomSense.

Okon hopes to ease the burden on animal shelters.

The program’s website reads: “The Pet Food Stamps program … has been created to fill the void in the United States Food Stamp program which excludes the purchase of pet food and pet supplies. In these rough economic times, many pet owners are forced to abandon their beloved pet to the ASPCA, North Shore Animal League or other animal shelters due to the inability to pay for their basic food supply and care.”

Income background checks are done to ensure the applicant qualifies. Okon says if people qualifies for federal food assistance, they will probably qualify for pet food stamps.

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  • J. Jackson

    I think Mr. Okon deserves a medal. At first, I laughed–Sorry! But I have had a pet and then lost my job–so I understand. The economy is BAAAADDDD–Don’t those rude people with their negative comments understand? What’s next, PEOPLE??? Should people who lose their jobs lose their kids when they need to start feeding them with Food Stamps???!!! Here in the South–where I relocated after a few decades in NYC, it is warm and beautiful–altho. there is a decent winter–unlike in NYC–and this city is HUGE on tourism! But there are a lot of homeless people–some of which have pets–which is very therapeutic!


   

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