NEW YORK - Families facing hard times don't have to let their pets go hungry.
A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps can help people buy pet food and supplies.
The organization says the food stamps could help families avoid giving up their dog or cat because they can't afford food.
"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 these cherished companions are dropped off at animal shelters where they will most likely be put to sleep," the program's website said.
The program is based in New York and open to anyone in the United States, but it is not run by the government.
The Pet Food Stamps organization could eventually expand to offer free or discount veterinary care.
More information here: https://petfoodstamps.org/