The US recession in recent years has caused many families to give up their homes, cars and other necessities in order to make ends meet. As the economic climate continues to decline some families have been cornered into giving away beloved family members too- that is pet family members. When it comes down to the decision to keep the pets or feed the kids, the children come first and the pets are given away to shelters because their owners simply cannot afford to feed them. Now, thanks to a charitable organization pet food stamps are now available to help ease the expense of feeding pets.
Pet Food Stamps is a national non-profit organization that is lending a helping hand to pet parents in financial distress. It is a New York based company started by Marc Okon after he received a heart breaking letter from a struggling mother and pet owner.
“I received a letter from a woman who is on food stamps. She lost her job recently. She’s a single mother of a severely disabled young boy, and she said his only companion and his only mode of communication is with the family dog and they’re thinking about getting rid of the dog because they can’t afford to feed it. It’s people like that that this program is aimed to help,” –Orkon told ABC-7.
Okon’s company delivers pet food from Pet Food Direct to the door step of all pet owners who are a part of the Pet Food Stamps program. This will save many families from having to make that terrible decision of surrendering their pets to animal shelters.
The company states that Pet Food Stamps, “has been created to fill the void in the United States Food Stamp program which excludes the purchase of pet food and pet supplies.” That said, it is important to note that the Pet Food Stamps program and the US Food Stamps program are two separate entities that have no affiliation with one another. In fact, the pet program is not even nationally funded. Currently, it is being funded by private donations from contributors and patrons.
The Pet Food Stamps program also helps to save lives. Many of the pets given away to shelters are often euthanized because the shelters are over-crowded and don’t have enough room to take care of all the abandoned pets. Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, director of the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley says,
“In the last four years, we here at the animal services center have taken (in) over 56,000 animals. That’s one-fourth of the population here in Doña Ana County we’ve taken in animals….We’ve killed over 32,000 of those animals because we only adopted out just over 9,000, so that tells you there’s just not enough homes for all of these animals.”
To apply to receive pet food stamps simply go to this page, fill out the form and send in the application. To make a secure donation to the Pet Food Stamps Program click here. For those in the Atlanta area who want to help pets and their owners visit Save Our Pets Food Bank to donate to pet parents locally.
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