By KEVIN SONSTEIN The Associated PressThe Associated PressWASHINGTON — The NFL is working to free its most popular pet food products by the end of this year.
The league announced Tuesday that pet food clubs will be allowed to start offering free food for free for one week from Jan. 31 to March 1, and pet food stores will be able to start selling the food free from 4 p.m. to 10 p.t. on Thursday.
Owners of pet food shops, restaurants and convenience stores will not be eligible for the free food program.
Pet owners and pet stores will need to request the program by Feb. 1 to get a free food voucher.
Owners and pet store owners must give the pet food to their dog or cat by the following week.
The free food will not include food and treats purchased with a credit card.
Owners who already have pet food in their homes will still be eligible to purchase the food.
Pet food is one of the most popular items on the NFL’s free-food program, with the league having about $12 billion in revenue.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the program last month, but the NFL hasn’t made a decision on whether it will keep the program in place until it does so.
The NFL, however, will not require pet owners to buy food for their pets.
The program also allows pet owners who do not have pets to purchase food with the pet, with some restrictions.
The pet must be the primary caretaker of the animal, have to be home when the pet is fed, be in a home where the pet lives and be at least 16 years old.
Owns of pets that have not had a meal or a treat for a week can return the food to the pet store, but it is up to the owner to get the food back.