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2 Million Fresh Donations

It is our goal to bring fresh food to pets everywhere, that’s why working with shelters and rescues is so important to us. We’re very proud to share that to date, we have been able to donate over 2 million meals to pets in need and that number will always continue to grow.
 
Pets in shelters are especially in need of the wonderful nutrition that fresh food can provide them. Oftentimes, the donations that rescues and shelters receive are food that’s expired. We always make sure that the recipes we donate are as fresh as possible for the pets to enjoy.
 
Our donations team is 100% committed to making sure that we donate food to 501(c)(3) organizations like charities and rescues that share our love for all pets. Our team speaks to each and every organization to ensure they receive exactly what they need, when they need it. We’ve formed some amazing relationships along the way with groups like Lost and Found Rescue, Animal Life Savers, and our local Secaucus Animal Shelter. We’ve donated to over 100 shelters and rescues throughout the years! These folks are not just partners to us; we consider them friends and allies in the same cause. Some of these folks have become regular visitors to our offices and partners in our mission to bring the power of fresh food to pets.
 
If you or an organization you know about would like to receive a donation from us, visit our Contact Us Page, write us on Facebook or Twitter, or give our consumer affairs team a call at 866-789-FRESH (3737). We’d be happy to hear from you.
 
We always look forward to helping make the world a better place for pets and their families.

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Acts of Kindness #10: Allies in Barkpost

When it comes to making the world a better place for dogs and cats everywhere, it’s great to have allies in the mission. Recently, we partnered with the wonderful people at Barkpost, getting involved in their weekly Barkfund project, which gives grants to cool, innovative projects that help pets everywhere. Each week, the Barkfund awards a $1,000 grant to one of these project. For two weeks, we doubled the donation, lending a hand to two very innovative and important projects that will help a lot of pets everywhere.

 

Kane’s Crusade

Kane’s Crusade is an organization that keeps families together by distributing C.A.R.E. Kits, which includes food, treats, vaccinations, dog, houses and more. This coming fall, Kane’s Crusade is launching their 3rd Annual Dog House Build Off. It’s a day where 70 volunteers will come together to build “Kondos”, customized, fully-insulated doghouses with heating systems. These Kondos are going to dogs who live in the Greater Springfield, Massachussetts area. With the winter months around the corner, it’s important to keep these pups as warm as possible. Check out photos from last year’s Kondo building day here, and visit Kane’s Krusade for more information on their amazing project.

 

PAWS Shelter and Humane Society

This Texas-based shelter is on a mission that’s very similar to ours: giving fresh ingredients to pets! Their Doggone Green Garden is growing veggies like carrots, broccoli and cucumbers that they’ll use as healthy treats for their pups. They’re also growing beneficial herbs like Calendula and Ginger that are also helpful for dogs. We especially love this project because it’s another way to bring the power of fresh food to pets! Visit the PAWS Shelter site for more information on this project!

 

We were so happy to be able to fund these two amazing projects that will help many pets. A very special thanks to Barkpost for helping us get involved in these worthy projects.

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!

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6 Reasons to Feed Your Family Fresh

The philosophy is so simple: fresh, real food is better for our families and ourselves. The power of fresh food has so many positive effects it’s hard to count them all. This week, our friend Dr. Katy gives us her 5 reasons why fresh is best for the whole family. Take it away, Dr. Katy!

 
Fresh food tastes better!

My dogs Papi and Eddie have always been great eaters, but I had never seen them be so excited for food as when they began to eat Freshpet Select Chicken and Vegetable rolls. The meals are made with ingredients that come from balanced, local sources, making for especially well-nourished and especially tasty ingredients. I know that I enjoy a meal of fresh ingredients much more than something from the shelf, and Papi and Eddie would agree!
 

It keeps us looking and feeling great

Foods like vegetables and fruits are rich with vitamins and antioxidants that make are wonderful for my family’s us feel like a million bucks every day. And, as we all know, the better we look, the better we feel. Fresh proteins and more fatty acids help promote smooth skin, help with muscle tone and it just makes us feel fantastic.
 

It energizes us!

One of the biggest differences that I notice when eating fresh food is how I feel after finishing a fresh meal. The food is highly digestible and nutrient dense, so my body easily turns the food into energy for me. And the same definitely goes for my kids and dogs. They’ve got levels of energy that they haven’t had since they were puppies. As far as Fresh Starts go, feeding them fresh food has been a huge difference.

 

We feel healthy all the time

There’s no such thing as a cure-all for sickness. But I believe that since making the commitment to feeding my whole family fresh food, we’ve all had less sickness and allergies to deal with. The ingredients in fresh food are jam-packed with nutrients that are healthy and strengthen our bodies to fight off illnesses and allergens. Feeding fresh food and keeping my family healthy is a choice I will make 100% of the time.
 

I feel good about what I’m feeding my family

There’s a great feeling that I get when I know that I’m nourishing my household with the best food available for them. It means that I’m taking good care of them by giving them meals that are tasty and will keep them healthy for a long time. I’m happy as long as my family is happy and healthy!
 

Eating and feeding fresh has made all the difference in my family and countless others. And the best part is that it’s never too late for you to start! Visit the Fresh Start site to begin giving your pets fresh, natural food that they’ll absolutely love.

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Summertime for the Sochi Pups

The summer season is in full swing, even in Denver, Colorado where Gus and the Sochi Pups reside. That means lots of outdoor playtime for the happy family. Here’s a glimpse of what the Sochi Pups’ summer break is like from Gus himself:

 

When I met the pups in February, it was in the thick of the winter in Sochi. It’s a little surreal seeing them here in Colorado in the warm weather, but here they are. And I couldn’t be more excited to be with them during their first summer.

 

These guys have a busier social schedule than I do. We’re constantly on walks, playing in the park right by my house or taking long hikes through the woods and water. And Jake and Mishka enjoy every single second of it. You can see the smiles on their faces when they’re running around in the trees, grass and water. They’re real outside dogs. I guess they’re starting to take after me!

 

One of our favorite things to do is go out to the park with my buddy Robin. While they’re there, they get right into running and playing around with the other dogs. They both being around other dogs, but Mishka is definitely the more social one. He could probably stay at the dog park all day if we let him.

 

At the end of the day, when the two are tired from all their outdoors time, they plop down on the same bed and fall right asleep. I don’t think I’ve seen brothers get along this well.

 

The only thing that will wake them up from their slumber is when I head to the fridge. When they hear that fridge door open, they run over to the kitchen immediately, hoping to get some Dog Joy Turkey Bacon Treats or Dog Joy Sweet Potato Treats that they’re both obsessed with. I’m glad that they’re eating well. The food gives them the energy they need to play outside to their hearts’ content.

They’ve come a long way since the first time we met in Sochi, and I’m just excited to be with them for every step.

 

Give your pets the Fresh Start they want and deserve by visiting our site here. With each sign-up, we’ll make a $1 donation to the Humane Society International’s street dogs program to help more pups like Jake and Mishka.

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Acts of Kindness #9: Welcome to the Freshpet Family, Carlton!

It’s always exciting to bring in a new member of the family, and that’s exactly what we did this past week. Our own Katie welcomed Carlton Banks Ellis, a 92lb German/Dutch Shepherd mix, into her home.

 

And like any typical new parent, she hasn’t been able to stop gushing about her new “baby”! She loves to show us new photos of Carlton, giving us updates about his adventures of learning how to walk on a leash, and telling stories about his first thunderstorm at home.

 

It’s wonderful to see Katie and her boyfriend Willem giving Carlton the affection and home he really deserves. Prior to being adopted, Carlton was rescued from a kill shelter in New York City in May by the organization Ready for Rescue. While under the care of Ready for Rescue, it was discovered that Carlton had cancer in his right paw, right underneath his pads, making it difficult for him to walk. Thankfully, the cancer was operated on and he has fully recovered into a healthy pup.

 

Katie and Willem met Carlton about a month ago at a boarding kennel in Bedford, New York and fell in love with his goofiness and sweet attitude immediately. In just a week’s time, they brought him home with them to Jersey City. During his first weekend at his new home, Carlton was introduced to our Vital Beef and Bison recipe which he loved, immediately eating around the kibble to get to. Katie says he’s also really fond of the Dognation Beef Treats, which they’ve been using to help train him.

 

Since moving into his new home, Carlton’s been (literally) a huge joy to have around. He even visited our offices last week. He loved roaming around and meeting everyone. He’s quite the socialite, making sure he spent time mingling with someone from every department. We look forward to mingling with him around the office again soon!

 

For Katie, it’s been a wonderful experience being able to give such a great dog like Carlton the love and care he needs. We’re happy to bring him into the extended Freshpet Family!

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!

An update from Gus Kenworthy and the Sochi Pups

Our good friends at Bark Post wrote this wonderful piece about how Freshpet is powering the Sochi Pups to a happier, healthier life. We loved it so much we wanted to share it with you. You can find the original post here. Enjoy this update on the Sochi Pups!

Slopestyle skiier Gus Kenworthy captured the nation’s attention when he took home the silver medal from Sochi, but when he brought home two pups and their mom, he captured our hearts as well! He not only raised world-wide awareness for the issue of adoption, but now he’s given his former Sochi strays a fresh start in life – in more ways than one!

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As an athlete, Gus understands that what he puts into his body matters. Hello, you’re not going to win an Olympic medal on a steady diet of fast food and raw cookie dough (yeah…who… eats tubes of cookie dough?). The same goes for dogs! So, Kenworthy has teamed up with Freshpet to help his pups start out their new lives on the right paw- nutritionally speaking. Whatta dad!

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Dog food can be chock-full of preservatives, fillers, meat meals, and animal by-products (a.k.a everything that’s left over). Gross. Not for these Sochi pups, thanks. They’ve had it ruff enough. Part of their Fresh Start in their new home is a new diet. Locally-sourced meat, vegetables, and allergy-friendly grains are cooked at low temperatures at the Freshpet Kitchens to lock in nutrients. But, all pups know about it is: “OMG THE HOOMANS OPENED THAT COLD BOX, AND THE TASTIEST THING I’VE EVER LAID SNOUT ON IS ABOUT TO COME OUT!”

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Besides the ick-factor, subpar foods do not optimally power your pup. Eating fresh means a shiner coat, improved digestion, and more energy! In fact, Jake, Mishka, and Mama are even able to keep up with their pop’s Olympic training regimen. Check it out!

A fresh start means a longer, happier life with Gus and more Instagram antics for us! ;)

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You can track the pooches’ pawgress along with Gus to see how eating fresh changes their lives by going to Fresh Start. You can also give your own pup a fresh start! Take advantage of a special Fresh Start offer, downloadable scorecard to track your pet’s nutritional pawgress, and veterinary tips. Freshpet believes every pup deserves to be happy and healthy, so for every Fresh Start, they will donate $1 to Humane Society International.

This post was sponsored by our canine cuisine connoisseurs at Freshpet!

All photos via Gus Kenworthy
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Acts of Kindness #8: Get Well, Beau!

The pet community is comprised of some of the most supportive and caring people around. That’s why this week’s Act of Kindness involves not just us, but every single one of you!

 

We met Wade and his pup Beau after they wrote to us saying how much Beau loved his new Freshpet Select recipes after discovering it at their local grocery. After trying Freshpet for the first time, the picky eater in Beau was gone and they haven’t looked back since.

 

Unfortunately, Wade wrote to us again recently saying that Beau had fallen ill. Beau is in the best of care, with his vet and his dad Wade right by his side. But he’s battling a tough infection, and things aren’t looking good at the moment. Wade has shown tremendous resilience, but he cares so much for his Beau and doesn’t want to lose him. He’s keeping up hope, and has asked that we keep him and Beau in our thoughts and prayers as he fights the infection.

 

So, that’s where you come in!

 

We want to show Wade and Beau that the Freshpet community is pulling for him! Share your well wishes for them in the comments, and we’ll make sure they hear each and every single one of them. Together, we’ll all let Beau know that we’re standing right behind him in his time of need.

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!

 

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Acts of Kindness #7: Prairie Paws Animal Shelter

Nothing makes us happier than helping other pet lovers in any way shape form that we can. We’re lucky to have made so many great friends in the pet community that love helping animals just as much as we do. The good people at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter are an extraordinary bunch that we’ve known for quite some time and are always happy to send a few boxes of our recipes to.

 

Prairie Paws is a state-of-the-art shelter located in Ottawa, Kansas, and has been providing care for animals for over 60 years. That’s right, 60 years! Bea Martin Peck, the founder of  Prarie Paws was a lifelong animal lover and helped build the facility in 1949. She and her group of supporters did a lot of wonderful work that continues to this day.

 

Now, Prairie Paws is a private non-profit shelter that operates by the same principles it was founded with: they never euthanize for space. Every single animal that walks through their doors are given a second chance at finding a permanent home.

 

We are so proud and happy to have a great relationship with the good people at Prairie Paws. This past spring, we sent over a few boxes of our Vital and Nature’s Fresh recipes to the shelter for their animals to enjoy. Vicki Whitacre, one of the volunteers sent over a few great photos of the pets. As you can see, they were too busy enjoying the food to look at the camera! Every single one of the animals had nothing but rave reviews for our food, which we couldn’t be happier about! We look forward to the next time we can help these great people.

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!

 

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Acts of Kindness #5: A Very Greyhound Picnic

We’re fortunate to have so many allies in our mission to bring fresh food to pets everywhere. These men and women are behind the rescue centers, non-profit organizations, foster homes and other organizations. They are just as dedicated as we are and do wonderful things every day simply because they love pets. And we want to recognize these men and women for the wonderful work that they do. In this week’s Act of Kindness we introduce you to a very special rescue organization: Greytful Hearts Greyhound Rescue.

 

Paula and her husband Erik have been greyhound lovers for the past 21 years. Their love for the dogs has been such a big part of their lives that they founded their own rescue organization in 2010: Greytful Hearts Greyhound Rescue, located in Hamburg, PA, and dedicated the group to the memory of Flo, their very first greyhound. Their goal is to place retired ex-racing greyhounds into permanent, loving homes. In addition to having 8 greyhounds of their own, Paula and Erik can foster anywhere between 2-6 foster dogs in their own home! Their dedication to their greyhounds is really incredible.

 

Greytful Hearts has always been a wonderful friend to Freshpet, and they love to feed their dogs our recipes. Currently, the favorite in the house has been our Vital Grain Free Beef and Bison rolls. Which the greyhounds have been eating right up!

 

This past June, Paula and Erik decided to throw a little “family reunion” for the greyhounds they have at home and the ones that had been adopted. It was a fun-filled picnic, held in Bubeck Park in nearby Schuylkill Haven. Food and drinks for the humans were served. And as for the dogs? We donated a catering platter of our Meatball Mix-ins and Ready-to-Bake Cookies for them to enjoy. As you can see from the picture, Hudson couldn’t wait to get his paws on the food. The party itself was a hit. All the parents and pups loved reuniting during a beautiful afternoon, and by the end there was hardly any food to spare. Paula and Erik are already planning the next reunion!

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. You can follow all of our acts on our Tumblr page. See you next week!

 

 

Protecting Our Pets from the Sun

Remember this nostalgic tune?

 

 

Well, we agree. Everyone IS free to wear sunscreen this summer. And in the case of your pets, we encourage it. If your pet loves to sunbathe or play in the summer sun, make sure to apply sunblock to sensitive areas like her nose, stomach, and tips of ears. Sunburn’s no fun for our furry friends. As always, consult your vet on which sunscreen is safe for your pet. Enjoy your fun in the sun!