Having temporary financial difficulty doesn’t mean you have to give up your pet.
“Our goal is to keep pets with their families,” Flagler Humane Society Executive Director Amy Carotenuto said.
To that end, the FHS runs a pet food bank for those pet owners who might find themselves in unexpected and temporary financial problems.
The FHS added the food bank to their community outreach services more than two years ago, when Sharon O’Brien, director of Kibbles Kitchen moved out of the area.
The outreach program is directed is for qualified residents who need short-term, up to six months, assistance in order to care for their pets.
To qualify a pet owner must:
- Provide proof of residency in Flagler County
- Have no more than four animals, including dogs and cats.
- Total household income must be less than $25,000.
- Pets must be spayed or neutered
- Pets must be up to date on vaccines.
- Pet owners must be enrolled in two of the following programs: TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; SSI (Supplemental Security Income); SSA (Social Security Administration benefits) Medicaid/Adult Medical Care Program/Share of Cost; Unemployment; or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
The Flagler Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help with the program. To find out more, contact Lynn Myers at the humane society, 445-1814.