POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 9:21am
BURLINGTON, VT — We know about food stamps, but have you ever heard of pet food stamps? As Lauren Blackwell reports, a non-profit organization could provide just that.
Megan Stearns, Humane Society of Chittenden County, "Pets are not cheap."
Pet owners typically plan for the cost of owning four legged friends, but sometimes plans change.
Megan Stearns, from the Chittenden County Humane Society said, two years ago, the economy caused an increase in animals left at shelters, "A lot of times people will take on pets when they are in a good situation to take care of them, and then a crisis happens in their life where that changes."
So we wanted to know, would special food stamps really help out pet owners who can't afford to take care of their animals?
Megan Stearns, "I can't think of a single negative. We want pets to be well-cared for and this is going to help make that happen."
But some owners think otherwise,
Pet Owner, "My opinion, if you're not doing what people do commonly, creating an income for yourself, than why are you raising a dog?"
Others say, just share with your furry friend
Pet owner, "If you got food stamps You can feed your dog some steak. What's the difference between protein in something we eat and something they eat?"
The corporation is not federally funded and works solely from donations and grants, with that said, some say pet food stamps is a positive.
Melanie Dower, "If it's non-profit, I think it makes sense because than people can take care of their dogs with food."