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SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – Do the tough economic times make it hard for you to provide for your furry friends? There many be help for pet owners.

Wanda Blackston is retired. She lives on a fixed income. Every morning Wanda wakes up and worries how she will provide for her 5 rescue dogs. She hopes her application for pet food stamps will help her feed the four legged members of her family.

“Sometimes it’s a little hard, sometimes I do without so they can have something. Just like today I went and spent 28 dollars on treats for the little ones,” said Blackston.

The Pet Food Stamps program is a volunteer driven effort. It provides people, who otherwise can not afford it, with pet food and pet supplies.

“There’s a lot of people that can’t afford to feed their pets but you have to be on public assistance to get this,” added Blackston.

Hundreds of thousands of pets are put to sleep every year because their owners simply can’t feed them. Blackston’s oldest dogs are 15 and 13, and both have cancer. Extra money for pet food would go a long way .

“It will help out tremendously because I take some of my food stamps money and buy extra meat to supplement their dog food so it would help tremendously,” said Blackston.

After applying online it will take 6 to 8 weeks to process.  To apply go to www.petfoodstamps.com



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  • Nina

    This would help alot of people that need companions but are unable to afford their food. Furry four legged friends help cure some of the loneliness that many elderly and disabled people suffer from.

  • Kayla

    I think this is absurd. Where do they think the money is coming from for this? I am a pet lover with 3 dogs and 1 cat, but this is what shelters are for!

  • Kandi

    shelters are for UNWANTED pets Kayla..NOT to feed peoples pets..This is a great idea for the elderly who are alone.Pets are great companions for them..I am in favor of this..There is a church in Idaho that in fact hands out pet food at their food pantry..NOW THAT is true christian love !!I asked and they said ..Animals are our companions and as such should be fed also…

  • Susan

    I live in Florida and I assure you that people who have fallen on hard times have been abandoning their pets! I chased a man down the street in his vehicle as his dog ran after his vehicle. I jumped in my car and tried to catch him but some lady pulled out in front of me in her car and I lost him. Last I saw the dog was still chasing him up the street. Perhaps if he had known there was help out there he would have not tried to abandon his pet.

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