Food Stamps for Cats: New Program Helps Low-Income Families Keep Their Companions


In these tough economic times, some families are faced with the heartbreaking decision of whether to feed themselves, or their pets. A new program, Pet Food Stamps©, is helping these low-income families keep their pets, and at the same time, prevents pets from being surrendered to already overcrowded shelters.

Pet Food Stamps© is a registered non-profit corporation in New York state, and has been created to fill the void in the United States Food Stamp program, which excludes the purchase of pet food and pet supplies. There are over 50 million Americans who currently receive food stamps, many with dogs or cats, who simply cannot afford to feed their animals, and who are often forced to surrender their animals to shelters.

Due to the generosity of contributors and patrons, this program helps to eliminate that heart-wrenching decision by making sure these pet guardians are given free monthly home delivery of all necessary food supplies.

The program is available to US residents who are currently receiving food stamps, or whose income is around or below the poverty level. Applicants complete a brief online form. Due to the popularity of the program, which speaks to its great need, approval of applications currently takes several weeks. Pet Food Stamps is getting up to 3000 requests per day, and more than 45,000 people have already signed up.

This program is not unique. Shelters and rescue groups across the nation offer similar programs, but the success of Food Stamps for Pets is a clear indicator of how much these programs are needed.

Once need is determined and the application approved, the families get pet food each month for a six-month period from pet food retailer PetFlow. It is supported by private donations.

With the continued growth of the Pet Food Stamps program, the founders hope to expand the program later this year to include offering free or heavily discounted veterinary care for  qualified program beneficiaries.

For more information about the program, to apply, or to make a donation to support it, please visit

13 Comments on Food Stamps for Cats: New Program Helps Low-Income Families Keep Their Companions

    • Ingrid
      April 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm (8 years ago)

      Sounds like a great program. Thankfully, there are a few local programs like it around the country.

  1. Melissa Lira
    April 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm (8 years ago)

    I would like more information on how to obtain an application.

    Melissa Lira

    • Ingrid
      April 12, 2013 at 6:09 am (8 years ago)

      You’ll find that information on the Food Stamps for Pets website, Melissa.

  2. Raine
    April 11, 2013 at 1:17 am (8 years ago)

    Such an amazing and wonderful program, having been widowed and hitting some really rough times in life I have been very grateful to have had food stamps help me. Working at the shelter I also see a lot of pets surrendered or left behind when a family gets evicted or suffers a job loss-this could be amazing to keep pets with their families where they belong!

  3. Marcia Switzer
    April 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm (8 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea. Coming on hard times shouldn’t mean losing part of your family.

  4. Cecily R Bornemann
    April 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much for your assistance and services. May you be truly blessed in helping the people get foodstamps for their animals.

  5. Jobi and Fisher
    April 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm (8 years ago)

    I love this idea. I would eat cat food and give up my own if I was really in trouble.
    It’s been done.

  6. Viki Worden
    April 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm (8 years ago)

    I have applied for this but have not heard yet whether I am eligible. I think it is a wonderful program. I have 3 cats right now and will never let them go hungry.

  7. The Island Cats
    April 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm (8 years ago)

    What a great idea. One of our local shelters offers a pet food bank for people of low income to participate in.

  8. Dorothy
    April 10, 2013 at 11:14 am (8 years ago)

    Will seek out something similar in our area. Thanks for the idea.

  9. Chris Davis
    April 10, 2013 at 11:12 am (8 years ago)

    What a terrific idea – will definitely share this!


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