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Should low-income families receive food stamps for their pets?

Posted 5 years.

34 Comments

  • joni smith - 4 years ago

    I have some animals that i have had for years and i have fell on hard times and these are the ones that saved my life and they are like my children. I can't get rid of them they mean to much. i need help and think this is a great way to keep animals from starving.

  • Sheila hall - 4 years ago

    there are homeless people in cleveland that need the food stamps give it to them first

  • lisa raleigh - 4 years ago

    you have homeless people who are starving , for real ? what genius came up with this isea?

  • vickie - 5 years ago

    I do agree on food stamp for pets, BUT it should say, for pets only,proof of pet-pets. And NOT to be traded for drugs!

  • steve - 5 years ago

    no, i dont believe we should give food stamps for pets, unless it is used for medical reasons , such as a seeing eye dog, or is medically related , we need to spend more effort on cracking down on the people who sell their stamps for drug money and then those who do need them could recieve more help .

  • Lee Thompson - 5 years ago

    I believe that food stamps for pets would really help people with low income that have pets, for our pets are part of our family. Would you let your kids go hungry cause of no regular food stamps? Most people would say no to that question so why not do the same for the pets since they are family not just pets.

  • Darla vargo - 5 years ago

    I think we pay for enough things for people that can't afford to take care of their kids now pay for their animals not fair I know I work hard and tired of helping people that r well capable of taking care of their self and their kids .thee r people that really need help and don't get so no I am not for taking care of their animals as well

  • alisha - 5 years ago

    Some animals are considered therapy pets or are medical requirements. Just because some people have disabilities does not meant that they can afford to pay more

  • Lisa - 5 years ago

    This is crazy and really makes me aware of the world's entitlement craze.If you can't afford your own food then don't have animals..and I understand pets are family...why not take your foodstamps and buy tuna for your cat,sunflower seeds for your birds,lettuce for your rabbits and steak for your dogs....come on people.seriously...

  • Liesl - 5 years ago

    These are not the typical government issue food stamps, but a Humane Society program to keep pets in their homes. I volunteer at a county Humane Society and know the pain to families and pets when there are no longer funds to keep pets. They say we can judge a society by how it treats its elderly and animals... Fill in the blanks...

  • Shatrece - 5 years ago

    Yes, because pets are like family and they are gifts from god just like kids and you have 2 take care of them just as you would your kid

  • georgina - 5 years ago

    We are considering food stamps for pet but is anyone considering the number of homeless vets and people that are just thrown out like trash we are suppost to value each other not things. Instead its the other way around. What in this country coming too?

  • treasure - 5 years ago

    I feel with certain situations yes it would b nice to get help with pet food I'm a single mom and I have a daughter that struggles bad with depression and having the dog helps her a lot. Its theraputic so if the pet serves a purpose u don't have a bunch of them and you are workin and trying a little bit of help would b nice

  • treasure - 5 years ago

    I feel with certain situations yes it would b nice to get help with pet food I'm a single mom and I have a daughter that struggles bad with depression and having the dog helps her a lot. Its theraputic so if the pet serves a purpose u don't have a bunch of them and you are workin and trying a little bit of help would b nice

  • Portia - 5 years ago

    My family and I have had a rough couple of years with me transitioning to a new job and trying to go back to school. I was barley able to pull some kind of Christmas together for my kids. Iam a hard worker and I just want my kids to have the best childhood possible. It's been a while since I have felt that I can't afford our dog but I would not take him away from my kids because it would devastate them. The biggest point of county help I think is to make these kids lives as normal as possible.

  • Jennifer - 5 years ago

    Noooo! We have enough people that abuse the system. They will do what they do with kids keep having more so they get more help. If you can't feed the animal don't get one. Or here is a idea GET A JOB AND TAKE CARE OF IT YOUR SELF!!!!

  • Nancy - 5 years ago

    My husband had a very good job and became disabled. We had things in place to take care of us for a long time should anything happen. Well many things happened in a years time. He lost his job, insurance and benefits. We acquired very high medical bills and he was supporting myself who is disabled and our 20 year old daughter who is disabled and we now have no medical coverage for people who have life threatening diseases. My medications along cost $2,400 a month which by the way am not able to pay. We have had our dogs for over 9 years. Do I give up my daughters companion? She has had enough loss in her life this year. The government in not paying for the pet food stamps. It is coming out of pockets of people who really care for others. So what is the problem?

  • samantha - 5 years ago

    I seriously think that yes food stamps for pets is a great idea. It's not fair for pets to have top go hungry if their owner can't afford to feed them. pets cant choose their owners so if someone who really can't afford a pet gets one the animal should not be forced to starve.

  • Marian Spitzig - 5 years ago

    I'm in favor for a period of time. I just had to give up my dog. As I was trying to do this I called rescue groups. They all sente to the kennels. The county sent me to the APL. I had to wait to take her for 5 weeks and then pay $50. That experience made me partially understand how people abandon their pets.

  • Dennis Aldrich - 5 years ago

    NO I don,t think pets should get food stamps, next they are going to ask for SSI or to use them as a dependent to take them off there taxes as a family. To have a pet is a gift, and we should use the money to help them when they are abused.

  • Cathy Torcasio - 5 years ago

    This program is terrific and funded solely through private donations (NO taxpayer money) and potential recipients fill out an application to receive aid. Pets are family members and this program keeps families together. Way to go New York!!!

  • Ellen - 5 years ago

    Not unless its a service animal. If you can't afford to feed an animal you should not have one.

  • Marge Koons - 5 years ago

    I totally support this, basically it is by donation so don't know why folks are getting bent out of shape, You don't agree, you don't donate. As a dog rescue volunteer it is unreal how the number of dogs being abandoned or turned into shelters have risen due to folks just running into financial crisis. With all of these dogs coming into shelters, the rate of euthanizing is about 20 dogs in each shelter across the US each day. In a year, 3-4 million. How many of these dogs would not be put down if folks just had a little help to care for them until they could get back on their feet. I say any way to help people keep their pets, is terrific. There is also vet help for low income families for those concerned about that, wish they would be more concerned about the 3-4 million who are dying each year..

  • connie - 5 years ago

    no if you cant afford to feed them dont have them unless its medicaly that your need and animal then u should not get this help and these people who hoard animal definitly should not get help

  • Tina - 5 years ago

    Yes i feel they should give food stamps for animals. What just because they r low income they shouldn't own a pet? Thats not right they may be low income but can still love and care for an animal!!

  • dawn - 5 years ago

    why not do it , it like you buy tuna and other food for your self , your pet eat the left over so what make the diffrents

  • Douglas Seese - 5 years ago

    The last time I checked, Food Stamps were for American Citizens. Are we now granting citizenship to pets too? Do they now get the same rights as all the Illegal Aliens that are getting benefits they should not have? Would the pets have to be licensed? Would they receive their own food stamp card and have to be present at time of purchase? And.....this will get out of hand quickly! Just how many food stamp recipients will now go out and get 3 more pets, just to get the food stamps? This is just another prime example of how our country is being eroded away due to the ineptitude of those who set, maintain, and propose policy. How will they classify "pets"? After all, if I have an ant farm (my pets) with 100 ants, would I get additional funds? Forget the Homeless HUMAN BEINGS that are citizens.....after all....cats, dogs, and other pets....are being ranked far above our own people in need.

  • Tracey C. - 5 years ago

    I think it is great and it really isn't anyone supporting someones pets, since it is all donation. However, I am assuming if you can't feed your own pet, you can't afford to take it to the vet if it needs to go, might want to think about that.

  • Bob - 5 years ago

    If you can't afford to feed yourself, then you should not have a pet to begin with. Food stamp fraud is so out of control and the people who actually need the assistance, can't get it. Then to top it all off, most low income families who receive government assistance also get a huge tax refund. NOT RIGHT!!!'n

  • Bob - 5 years ago

    If you can't afford to feed yourself, then you should not have a pet to begin with. Food stamp fraud is so out of control and the people who actually need the assistance, can't get it. Then to top it all off, most low income families who receive government assistance also get a huge tax refund. NOT RIGHT!!!'n

  • Bob - 5 years ago

    If you can't afford to feed yourself, then you should not have a pet to begin with. Food stamp fraud is so out of control and the people who actually need the assistance, can't get it. Then to top it all off, most low income families who receive government assistance also get a huge tax refund. NOT RIGHT!!!'n

  • Nick - 5 years ago

    A policy for teachers? Then a policy for politicians? Then a policy for police officers? Then a policy for cashiers? Then a policy for parents? Then a policy for people?

    What happened to freedom of speech?

  • Debra - 5 years ago

    Apparently this teacher is a bigot , however he is intitle to his opinion and his freedom of speech. This comment is because we have a president of color, which I dont understand, since people of color have indured 43 presidents that were white. And I dont want a teacher that is that racsist to teach my child, if he is that narrow minded it will come out when teaching our children. He need to find another profession not dealing with the future of our children. He is intitle to his opinion.

  • Sandy - 5 years ago

    Many teachers post on Facebook under pseudonyms. Student teachers are asked to change their facebook names. This provides privacy and makes it more difficult for students to access their pages. My niece lived and taught in S Carolina. They forbid teachers to have facebook pages.

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