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Food Stamps ... For Pets?
Yahoo ^ | Anjuli Sastry

Posted on 02/25/2013 7:36:41 PM PST by Red Steel

When man falls on hard times, what's his best friend to do?

A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets, reported ABC affiliate KVIA in Las Cruces, N.M.

Based in New York, the program is open to anyone in the United States. More than 45,000 pets have already been signed up in the past two weeks, according to the program's founder and executive director Marc Okon. Once need and income is verified, the families will receive pet food each month from pet food retailer Pet Food Direct for a six-month period.

"We're not looking for government funding at this point," Okon told ABCNews.com. "Should the government be willing to provide assistance further down the line, we will look into it."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: foodstamps

1 posted on 02/25/2013 7:36:48 PM PST by Red Steel
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2 posted on 02/25/2013 7:39:21 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Red Steel

No problem, as long as it stays,”donation based”. A fool should have every right to part with his/her money as they want to.


3 posted on 02/25/2013 7:54:50 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Where do we draw the line? Not only no, but HELL NO!


4 posted on 02/25/2013 7:55:09 PM PST by lula ( What America needs is men of Character in congress, we have enough characters.)
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To: lula

Donation based. Why do you object?


5 posted on 02/25/2013 7:56:37 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: lula

Why do you have a problema with it as long as it is not a government program and people are willing to donate?


6 posted on 02/25/2013 7:57:57 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: Graybeard58

It will quickly become too big, but seen as too big to fail. It will get a bailout.


7 posted on 02/25/2013 7:59:41 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: 5thGenTexan

Complain when that happens, not now, when people may give freely of their own money.


8 posted on 02/25/2013 8:01:10 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: DLfromthedesert

problem


9 posted on 02/25/2013 8:01:20 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: Graybeard58

Could I deduce from your statement that fools are the ones who help people feed their pets? That’s how it sounds, fella.


10 posted on 02/25/2013 8:15:29 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

Take it any way you want it. You might read my other replies on the subject first fella.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 8:59:22 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Red Steel

I have fish


12 posted on 02/25/2013 9:16:23 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: Red Steel

If they’re going to take it that far, then I’ll go Galt for it. Federal Government, feed my doggie and my katty-poo!


13 posted on 02/25/2013 9:17:21 PM PST by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: Red Steel

If the owner is already receiving food stamps, seems like having the owner eat the pet would be a start on a solution to two problems.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 12:11:04 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Joe 6-pack

“We’re not looking for government funding at this point,” Okon told ABCNews.com. “Should the government be willing to provide assistance further down the line, we will look into it.”

Yep, it is only a matter of time. I have an idea, yeah, I know it is crazy and extremist, but if you can’t afford a pet then don’t get a pet!


15 posted on 02/26/2013 4:50:13 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: OldPossum

“Could I deduce from your statement that fools are the ones who help people feed their pets?”

Um, they ARE NOT feeding “their” pets, the recipients are expecting others to feed their pets AND they are already on the dole as sucklings to the government teat. Plus, you need to read to the last line of the excerpt posted. The “charity” is already pushing for government funding.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 4:53:28 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

I really don’t care how the pets get fed, just as long as they do get fed. And I consider you a cold-hearted individual to not see that.


17 posted on 02/26/2013 4:57:01 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: Graybeard58

Oh, I think I took it right. That statement gave me insight as to what kind of person you are.

As for the other posts, just the usual FR unconcern and deep-seated fear that someone somewhere might be generous. The reference is to the organization trying to help these animals.


18 posted on 02/26/2013 5:09:47 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: Graybeard58

“Donation based. Why do you object?’

I am all for donation based. What concerned me was, “We are not looking at government funding AT THIS POINT”. I take that as we will look at government funding at some point. Maybe I’m just too jaded...


19 posted on 02/26/2013 5:22:54 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

I caught that line too. You can bet there will be a point they will “ax” taxpayers to contribute $$$$$s for this program.


20 posted on 02/26/2013 5:44:27 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: OldPossum
Oh, I think I took it right. That statement gave me insight as to what kind of person you are.

As for the other posts, just the usual FR unconcern and deep-seated fear that someone somewhere might be generous. The reference is to the organization trying to help these animals.

While your reply doesn't tell me everything about you, it does tell me enough to know, that you think you know all about me and my generosity or lack thereof. For instance, do my prior posts tell you that I support the Illinois Baptist Children's Home, my church and particularly its food bank, with 12 to 15% of my gross income?

Help animals all you want with your money, that's been my theme on this thread, I will continue to support people. We each make our own choices with what God has given us, with the exception of what government takes from us, no choice there.

I apologize for my remark about "fools and their money", it was a poor choice of words.

I will continue to respect your choices and opinions and hope that God blesses you and your family as he has me and mine.

21 posted on 02/26/2013 5:50:48 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: OldPossum

I’m so cold hearted that I want to starve children too, poison water, pollute the air and throw seniors over cliffs! Here’s an idea, if you are relying on government hand outs to feed yourself, then don’t get a damn pet to feed too!

Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me that we are living in bizarro world where logic and responsibility are no longer valid.


22 posted on 02/26/2013 6:45:45 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: OldPossum

After contemplating for another moment, I must ask you for your definition of “cold-hearted.” Ask yourself, is it more cruel to the animals (cats and dogs) to perpetuate a behaviour that puts their care at risk or is it more cruel to perpetuate a behaviour that understands that if you can not care for your own needs, then you are not likely to care well for a pet?

Will the pets be hungry more often in the hands of food stamp recipients or if they are adopted by folks that can care for themselves AND their pets?

By supporting this irresponsible behaviour, this charity is ACTUALLY supporting situations that lead to more animal cruelty. Yet, by pointing this out then I am the “cold-hearted,” well, at least to stage one thinkers anyway.


23 posted on 02/26/2013 6:53:46 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: DLfromthedesert

Shouldn’t we run this by Obama first?


24 posted on 02/26/2013 7:42:36 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: DLfromthedesert

Shouldn’t we run this by Obama first?


25 posted on 02/26/2013 7:42:47 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Red Steel

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26 posted on 02/26/2013 7:45:11 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (ok)
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To: CSM

Some of these people have long had pets, some are former middle class people who lost their jobs and find themselves unable to feed their pets. Would you want to take away their precious pets and adopt them out to someone else or find a way to help them keep them? Suggesting the former meets my definition of cold-hearted thinking.

Stage two thinking.

Bet you didn’t think about that in your lofty analysis.

You asshole.


27 posted on 02/26/2013 10:20:12 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum
I agree with you. I have a friend who is adopting a dog a woman had to give up because she lost her job and her house. It must be very hard for her.

I pay enough taxes to feed plenty of welfare receipients. I will give my donation money to whatever cause I want, and that would be for animal welfare.

I like animals better than people anyway. At least they are grateful for what they get

28 posted on 02/26/2013 10:31:10 AM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: beandog

Thanks for the supportive post.

It seems that there is a group of Freepers who have a knee-jerk reaction to any program of help. I am very conservative myself and I do not agree with the food stamp program as constituted and administered, but I “go off the reservation” when the matter of helpless pets is concerned. I would not object to government help here. Some of these people such as the lady you referenced have heart-wrenching decisions to make when, with a little temporary help, they could keep their beloved dogs.

Then you have people like CSM, who took a cheap shot at me, and I responded in kind. That was the first time that I have used a vulgarity towards anyone on FR but I think he deserved it.

Sometimes dogs are very superior to the people you run across.


29 posted on 02/26/2013 12:38:49 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

What would be the root cause for such a scenario? It would be that those in that scenario did not have a 6 month emergency fund and very likely had a lot of debt. So, by not being under financial control while they were employed, they set themselves up for such pain.

At the same time the Feds are loosening the requirements for food stamps and the result is that we are carrying more deadbeats than ever. It is not heroic to rely on the government for your sustanance. If you can’t feed yourself, then you should at least be smart enough to understand that you shouldn’t take on more costly responsibilities.

Actions have consequences, when we shield people from the pain of thier actions, they don’t learn to act differently.

The fact that you said “Stage two thinking” shows me that you do not understand the concept.


30 posted on 02/26/2013 12:42:29 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: OldPossum

“Then you have people like CSM, who took a cheap shot at me,”

Show me the cheap shot.

You are the one that started with the name calling and you progressed rapidly into vulgarity. Why?

Here is why:

“I am very conservative myself and I do not agree with the food stamp program as constituted and administered, but I “go off the reservation” when the matter of helpless pets is concerned. I would not object to government help here.”

In this statement, you clearly admit that this is an emotional issue for you. You are reacting out of emotion and not out of logic. You indicate that you are against the food stamp program, yet the same recipients of those food stamps are worthy of getting money to pay for the food for their pets. So, you are not only reacting of pure emotion, but you also have created a hypocritical conundrum for yourself.

Yes, I will admit to extrapolating what is currently being done by a private (good) charity into the scenario of they begin receiving government funds (bad.) However, the charity itself admits that it is possible, which is an admission that it is their desire.


31 posted on 02/26/2013 12:50:38 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM

Here’s the insult: “at least to stage one thinkers anyway.”

If you cannot discern how that statement would be insulting, well, your attempt to identify yourself as a logician fails.

And shame on those middle-class people who lost their jobs and their income—quite unexpectedly, I would think. Since they failed to have a six-month emergency fund, they should have to lose their pets because of their stupidity. Sarcasm, of course.

I was not putting myself into an illogical position since I did not amplify on what I was talking about. No, I do not want the taxpayers to provide food for the violent and ignorant inner city people. What I am concerned about are those in the middle class who are struggling in this economy and who could use some temporary help with their own food needs and those of their pets.

I realize that this position creates a problem for the pets in the inner city, so I’ll have to punt on that one. In a perfect world, the pets would be fed and their owners wouldn’t.

I confess to an emotional viewpoint when it comes to pets (dogs particularly) but I think it morally superior to your standing from above and condemning all who fail to meet your exacting logical standards. You strike me as a prick with a superior attitude and I would bet that those who know you would agree.

I don’t care to hear from you anymore.


32 posted on 02/26/2013 3:18:29 PM PST by OldPossum
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33 posted on 02/26/2013 3:23:04 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: OldPossum

“Here’s the insult: “at least to stage one thinkers anyway.”

Yep, that merits a response of calling me an asshole.

“If you cannot discern how that statement would be insulting, well, your attempt to identify yourself as a logician fails.”

The fact is that “stage one thinking” is a term that is taken from Thomas Sowell. It is in reference to people who promote policies with good intentions, yet they fail to consider the potential problems. To be more specific, it is the examination of “policies not simply in terms of their immediate effects but also in terms of their later repercussions, which are often very different and longer lasting.”

So, my terminology confirmed that you, and the charity, have good intentions and that warrants calling me an asshole. Got it.

“And shame on those middle-class people who lost their jobs and their income—quite unexpectedly, I would think. Since they failed to have a six-month emergency fund, they should have to lose their pets because of their stupidity. Sarcasm, of course.”

Yes. People should be MATURE enough to act their wage. If not, then they have painful choices to make. If they can not feed themselves, then they should not take on additional responsibilities. However, like I said previously we no longer live in a world where logic and personal responsibility matter.

“I confess to an emotional viewpoint when it comes to pets (dogs particularly) but I think it morally superior to your standing from above and condemning all who fail to meet your exacting logical standards.”

You think your emotions are enough to make you morally superior. That is what is called moral relativism. Even by your own admission, you consider pets to be a higher emotional priority than your fellow man. Then you admit that this is because some are behaving badly and you are angry at me for expecting people to be responsible for themselves and then when that is accomplished they can take on extra responsibilities.

“You strike me as a prick with a superior attitude and I would bet that those who know you would agree.”

Vulgarity aside, you couldn’t be more wrong about how folks percieve me. As a dog lover myself, I know that I must be in a position financially to properly care for my pets. In addition, as a trained financial counselor, I get to see a lot of foolish choices that people are willing to put on a higher priority than preparing for emergencies. Once I get folks to shift that thinking, they could not be more amazed at the peace that they have.

That is what happens when one realizes that morality is not relative. For example, it is biblical to become strong financially before you start helping others (beyond a tithe.) You can do much more when you are acting with strength. Between a person spending more than they make every month and someone that is living below their means and has an emergency fund, who can offer better care for the life of a pet? Who could adopt more pets or help support the local shelters more?

“I don’t care to hear from you anymore.”

Fine, but if nothing else I hope that you sit back and consider where moral relativism leads. It is a dangerous road indeed.


34 posted on 02/27/2013 1:04:35 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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