Doggie Dependency?

Food Stamps Are Now Not Only for Humans But Pets, Too!

By Nicole Sanders | The Save Jersey Blog

Food StampsYes, you read that right: pets can now get food stamps.

But before you get upset, Save Jerseyans, please note the program is currently not being paid for with taxpayers’ monies.

It is being paid for by a non-profit charity organization called “Pet Food Stamps” based out of New York. The food stamps are only available to low income families and enables qualified applicants to receive free pet food delivered directly to their house through In essence, you can get assistance for your pet without even leaving your couch!

The Pet Food Stamp program website states “as more families struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table.”

Whereas this program is not initially concerning to me, I worry about the day the taxpayers will be responsible for the bill. If that day does come, Save Jerseyans, then I can promise you I will not be a supporter… 

Don’t get me wrong: I believe a charity-run program is a good thing. A lot of pets are abandoned by their owners when they are faced with hardship and the amount of animals euthanized in the state is high particularly following foreclosures. Over 61% of dogs and 75% of cats that enter shelters are ultimately put to sleep. Whether this charity program puts downward pressure on those numbers remains to be seen.

For those of you who are facing hardship and are interested in applying for the program, you can visit for more details. Again, pet food assistance is apparently based on your pet’s needs. For the rest of you who are afraid you will be forking the bill in the future, hold your wallet tight. Liberals get creative ideas for government expansions from the strangest places!

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