This week began with the much heralded and tweeted story of the new non-profit organization helping low-income families with Pet Food Stamps – at www.petfoodstamps.org . The interest was so overwhelming that for a few hours their website was so swamped, no one could access it. And even today, there doesn’t seem to be enough bandwidth to support the demand to apply – and many of the links go to a “page not available” message.
This just shows how, nationally, this is a major gap in the services for people who are having financial challenges. Often when there is a financial hardship, the family’s pets are the first to be impacted, with less food, less veterinary care and sometimes even the decision to give them up, either to a shelter or the sometimes dangerous rehoming through Craigslist or other efforts. In some cases the animals are abandoned when homes are foreclosed, left to fend for themselves.
The concept behind the Pet Food Stamps is simple, if the person(s) applying qualify for food stamps, then they will potentially qualify for Pet Food Stamps. These vouchers are good at a site called Petfooddirect.com where the person can order pet food and pet supplies to be delivered directly to their home.
This is funded through donations, just as our local Pet Food Pantry is, and will undoubtedly be able to assist many families, helping them to be able to keep their best friends, rather than give them up. And also helping the local shelters by reducing the number of owner surrenders due to hardship.
One thing Pet Food Stamps will not do, however, is help those who do not have internet access (and therefore cannot apply) or those who do not have an address where they can receive packages of food.
Our local Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry will still be filling in the gaps, even when the PetFoodStamps.org site finally gets its technical issues under control. Plus donations to the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry will stay in our community, helping our neighbors through tough times.
Let’s continue to show our support for those in need, in our community – help support the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry with your donation of food or pet supplies; or your donation of time – the next food bagging event is this Sunday March 3rd. at 4700 Easton Drive, Unit 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call at (661) 369-1222 or email email@example.com .
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