Heather Ginsberg
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So who’s ready for more government handouts? The way this program is going, it wouldn’t be a surprise to us if there was a new version of Food Stamps on the way. The number of people in America on Food Stamps is now at an all-time high, but it’s not enough for this new nonprofit that is trying to make sure the entire family is in on the program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be a federal program administered by the states, but many in New York feel as though it is not enough.

The new Pet Food Stamps program was created to “fill the void in the United States Food Stamp program which excludes the purchase of pet food and pet supplies. In these rough economic times, many pet owners are forced to abandon their beloved pet to the ASPCA, North Shore Animal League or other animal shelters due to the inability to pay for their basic food supply and care,” according to the organization’s website. The New York-based nonprofit helps pet owners who can’t support their animal friends.

But now the program is beginning to grow in popularity and the organization is getting several new requests from all over the country. The organization that was launched just 2 weeks ago has already received more than 12,000 requests for assistance. Those who qualify for this aid are then helped directly through an independent retailer, PetFoodDirect.

Of course there are 12,000 new applicants, there is essentially free money being handed out to pet owners! My question is: Where do you draw the line? Although this seems to not doing any harm because of the organization’s nonprofit standing, is this going to become a national craze that will create a demand big enough to be picked up by the government. With so many people now receiving government assistance, it doesn’t seem to be such a crazy idea.

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Heather Ginsberg

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