Food Stamps For Pets
CHARLOTTE, NC- Food stamps for people is nothing new, but what about food vouchers for pets? A new donation program called Pet Food Stamps is helping people buy pet food and supplies; now families struggling to get by don't have to worry about their pets going hungry.
Plaza Midwood Resident, Scott Daniel, is the proud parent of a owner surrender dog, "The previous owner lost his job, couldn't afford the extra food for the dog, couldn't afford to have the dog, so she actually was an owner surrender that we ended up adopting."
Daniel's dog was given to a local rescue group because her owner couldn't afford to feed her, a growing problem across the country. Commonwealth Animal Hospital Veterinarian, Dr. Clayton Watkins says cost is top priority for many owners, "Everything has gotten more expensive, vaccines, medications, antibiotics; we've got to charge more to cover our bases here."
More cost for the consumer means leaner times for the pets. Some local residents say sometimes they have to choose cheaper food for their pets when its an expensive month. But for those having a tough time there are now special vouchers for pets. Pet Food Stamps is a non-profit program that helps low-income families with animals pay for food and supplies.
Charlotte pet owners like Shelly Beckwith hope the stamps will ease the burdens for local shelters, "If there was a more affordable way to take care of a pet, more pets would be adopted, less pets would have to be put down because there's no space for them."
Organizations like Pet Food Stamps hope donations from animal lovers going to right place can save more pets. The program is open to anyone who needs it. To sign up or learn more about the stamps go to the Pet Food Stamps website.