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Should Low-Income Pets Get Food Stamps?

AdriHead 2013/02/25 23:00:00
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People aren't the only ones who need food to survive. Based on a donation-only program, pets who belong to low-income families will now be able to get food stamps for their own nourishment needs. Once a family's low income is confirmed, families will get pet food each month for their furry loved ones, thanks to the Pet Food Stamps program.

The program's founder and executive director Marc Okon stresses, however, that the government is not involved and no taxpayer will be forced to contribute. "We're not looking for government funding at this point," Okon told ABC News. "Should the government be willing to provide assistance further down the line, we will look into it." Do you think low-income pets should get food stamps?

NEWS.YAHOO.COM reports:
When man falls on hard times, what’s his best friend to do? A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets, reported ABC affiliate KVIA in Las Cruces, N.M.
families food stamp recipients afford feed pets abc affiliate kvia

Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/food-stamps-pets-183400910--...

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  • Will Jenkins 2014/05/24 16:08:26
  • tom 2013/05/20 12:24:58
    No
    tom
  • shelby 2013/05/20 12:18:34
    No
    shelby
  • jim srussel 2013/05/20 12:12:20
    No
    jim srussel
    +1
    well, I'm against it for sure. How bout we worry about people first.
  • LeeJames 2013/05/20 12:02:55
    No
    LeeJames
    +4
    People First! WORRY ABOUT Human CHILDREN first. No food stamps for pet! that is absurd.
  • Tina 2013/05/20 11:59:32
    No
    Tina
    +3
    Hell NO NO NO NO NO.
  • ClothoSpinner 2013/05/19 22:31:38 (edited)
    Yes
    ClothoSpinner
    To the people who say that if you can't afford to feed your pet don't have one,are you really thinking that statement through? What about the hard working families hitting hard times, who have had a family pet for years, do any of them deserve to be hungry? It's easy for you to be up on your high horse and judge others isn't it?
  • heide compton 2013/04/18 02:49:56
    Yes
    heide compton
    +1
    Right at ths time I have no cat food because of hard times.I alsohave a puppy but hes got some. My cat is 8yrs oldand lame. It would help to get some food stamps for my animals. I also had togive up three of my older dogs because dont have enough money to feed them.
  • Dgjot~PWCM~JLA 2013/03/21 06:08:01
    Yes
    Dgjot~PWCM~JLA
    I don't see why the animals should suffer because some people are too irresponsible to care for them.
  • vicki A... Dgjot~P... 2013/03/24 22:21:19
    vicki Adams Sloane
    +2
    No way will i ever vote for my tax to pay for some other peoples dogs or cats.want to pay for it as donation fine with me but leave the rest of Americans alone.
  • Dgjot~P... vicki A... 2013/04/11 05:16:45
    Dgjot~PWCM~JLA
    My taxes go to support a lot of things I don't agree with. I don't have any kids but my tax dollars go to supporting other peoples kids.
  • Tina 2013/03/19 22:33:32
    Yes
    Tina
    +1
    They're going to have pets even if they can't afford them sometimes, so might as well
  • vicki A... Tina 2013/03/24 22:18:01
    vicki Adams Sloane
    +2
    NO TAX DOLLARS!!!!!!!!
  • Dgjot~P... vicki A... 2013/04/11 05:25:44
    Dgjot~PWCM~JLA
    NO TAX DOLLARS GOING TO WOMEN WHO HAVE 10 KIDS BY 9 DIFFERENT DADDIES. NO TAX DOLLARS GOING TO PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO WORK. NO TAX DOLLARS GOING TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. NO TAX DOLLARS GOING TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT HATE US AND WANT US DEAD. NO TAX DOLLARS TO SCHOOLS.
    yadda, yadda, yadda.
  • Mel 2013/03/06 08:21:05
    Yes
    Mel
    +1
    maybe there would be less starving animals in the worl but theres more of a chance that the animals owners are drugies and will sell them for drugs just like most of them do with human food stamps
  • clintcheston 2013/03/05 00:19:45 (edited)
  • Alexander clintch... 2013/03/07 00:30:05
  • jodyfulsome 2013/03/05 00:13:59
    No
    jodyfulsome
    +3
    no , are you kidding me?
  • naturallycomplex 2013/03/04 18:00:48
    No
    naturallycomplex
    +2
    I love my pets dearly and treat them with care but really this is just another excuse for people to get free money. Honestly if there is extra money that can be spent on the pets of people who should be spending their money on more important things then why don't we use that money for other more important welfare causes for humans. Or at least donating it to pet shelters so that they can get taken care of. Pets are a luxury unfortunately, and if you are going to rely on public aid (either by choice or not of your choice) some sacrifices need to be made.
  • LeeJames natural... 2013/05/20 12:04:44
    LeeJames
    +2
    Great idea Miss finally a PERSON who cares more about a PERSON
  • megan 2013/03/04 14:01:45
    Yes
    megan
    +2
    Think about if you had a stable income, and you had a pet. Then you lost your job or something, and had no way to feed your animals without assistance. I would be on my knees begging for help if I were in that situation. I dont want them going to the shelter.
  • shywink 2013/03/04 13:54:13
    Yes
    shywink
    +3
    YES. We should be allowed to feed our pets. I find it crazy that you can't buy Pet Food with Food Stamps but you are allowed to buy cake, cookies, and ice cream. I find it crazy that they consider it okay to buy junk food, but not okay to feed your family pet! The pets can starve for all they care, it's crazy and not fair! I can't buy my cat some food to eat, but Ooooo! ICE CREAM! Doesn't make sense! They really need to change that.
  • Just Je... shywink 2013/03/04 17:55:03
    Just Jenn for Now
    +1
    I agree with that! I can't count the times I've seen stamp abusers ringing nothing but JUNK food, or - though it's more rare, it still happens sometimes - something that's REALLY expensive and not completely necessary like LOBSTER or FILET MIGNON.... I really want to slap these people for abusing the program.

    And yes pet food IS understandable to me, as I'd rather see people buy THAT than the unnecessary junk that gets rung up, but if this is going to remain a separate program from food stamps, I'm for it being on a donation-only budget. I wouldn't want to add more taxes for something like this, even though it's a good idea.
  • calvin236 2013/03/04 02:30:13
    No
    calvin236
    +3
    Actually, i think that it is good for the pets and since it isn't government funded and is donated, i think it can do good.
  • TooSweet 2013/03/03 22:58:45
    No
    TooSweet
    +4
    There are no low income pets,all pets make ZERO income,only low/no income people that can't afford to feed themselves and choose to not be able to provide for an animal that cannot provide for itself....Pathetic and sad.
  • Steven Carr 2013/03/03 22:06:37
    No
    Steven Carr
    +2
    How would a person prove it is their dog? they could just grab a stray, or take a pic of a neighbors pooch.
  • ClothoS... Steven ... 2013/05/19 22:39:53
    ClothoSpinner
    +1
    So then a stray dog would get fed, how is that a bad thing? Unless you are accusing someone of abusing the system so they can eat dog food, I don't see a problem!
  • Sexuallobster 2013/03/03 17:27:59
  • Dave 007 2013/03/03 12:52:39
    No
    Dave 007
    +3
    Knowing the libs, they will fight for it.
  • Just Je... Dave 007 2013/03/04 17:50:09
    Just Jenn for Now
    Well, it's a donation-based program, and I'd like to keep it that way. I'm all for that and helping others unless obviously they're animal abusers, puppy mills, or hoarders, but not at the expense of tax payers when there's already people leeching the system.
  • Just Jenn for Now 2013/03/03 05:14:14
    Yes
    Just Jenn for Now
    +4
    I think it's a WONDERFUL idea.

    We shouldn't segregate against people with animals and make their pets starve - and don't dare try to tell me "WELL IF THEY'RE POOR THEN THEY CAN'T AFFORD A PET SO THEY DON'T NEED ONE!!"

    You can take that kind of heartless approach and GTFO right now.

    As a pet owner, I know how important a pet can be to someone. It's not "just a pet", it's family. A companion, one who loves you unconditionally, and you share that same bond.

    I feel sorry for you if you can't understand that.

    Sometimes a furry companion can make all the difference. Pets are brilliant stress relievers and help with depression as well. Sometimes it's the difference between carrying on and suicide.

    So, yes, regardless of the majority vote of others, my opinion stands proud that this is a brilliant idea to be shared with all. :)

    pet hug gif
  • shelby Just Je... 2013/05/20 12:21:12
    shelby
    +5
    Forget damn animals!

    I WILL WORRY ABOUT THIS Sweet child

    Before i'll worry about some nasty flea bags.
  • jAN181982 shelby 2013/05/20 12:29:11
    jAN181982
    +4
    what a precocious little baby!!!
  • jAN181982 shelby 2013/05/20 12:29:37
    jAN181982
    +2
    agree. human children most important.
  • Honeysu... shelby 2013/05/20 12:32:33
    Honeysugarsweet
    +3
    Your post is much much sweeter
  • Honeysu... shelby 2013/05/20 12:32:59
    Honeysugarsweet
    +3
    NOTHING More precocious than a child.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2013/03/02 22:24:14
    Yes
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +4
    It's a donation-only program, idiots. People can do what they want with their money. if they want to fund starving animals, then that's a noble cause.
  • jeane ««Ginge... 2013/03/03 00:45:37
    jeane
    +3
    The words "food stamps" indicated a federally funded program. It is a misnomer.
  • ««Ginge... jeane 2013/03/04 00:53:24
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    No, it doesn't. Why don't you read.
  • jeane ««Ginge... 2013/03/04 01:07:53
    jeane
    +3
    SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) is called the food stamp program. KING OF FOOD STAMPS
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