CHITTENDEN, Vt. (WWLP) - A non-profit group is trying out the idea of offering pet food stamps.
When financial times get tough, many families are forced to surrender their pets.
This program has no connection to the federal food stamps program and is run solely off donations.
It's getting praise from animal shelters but there are critics as well. "My opinion, if you're not doing what people do commonly, creating an income for yourself, than why are you raising a dog?"
"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," Megan Stearns said.
To qualify, pet owners must sign up online and already be on some form of public assistance. To check if you qualify click here .