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Food Stamps for pets?

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BURLINGTON, VT (WFFF/CNN) - We know about food stamps, but have you ever heard of food stamps for pets? One non-profit organization could provide just that.

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," she said.

Would special food stamps really help out pet owners who can't afford to take care of their animals?

"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," Stearns said.

But some owners think otherwise.

"My opinion, if you're not doing what people do commonly, creating an income for yourself, than why are you raising a dog," one pet owner asked.

Others say just share with your furry friend.

"If you got food stamps you can feed your dog some steak," another owner said. "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.

"If it's non-profit, I think it makes sense because than people can take care of their dogs with food," Melanie Dower said.

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