Blue Dog Bakery Launches Pet Treat Pantry to Benefit Food Banks Across the Country

Donated dog treats bring joy to the lives of dogs and their families

 

 

SEATTLE, WA – September 18, 2012 – Today Blue Dog Bakery announced the launch of Pet Treat Pantry, a partnership between the Seattle-based all natural dog treat company, and select food banks in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, North Carolina and New Jersey.  The partnership will provide healthy treats to the four-legged friends of food bank clients who often go unrecognized as close knit and important members of these families.

One in six American families now receives assistance from their local food bank, and when finances are tight healthy dog treats are not a priority. Blue Dog Bakery saw an opportunity to expand their current donation program by introducing Pet Treat Pantry. Through December 2012, consumers who purchase a specially marked box of Blue Dog Bakery treats can help fill the pantries of food banks with healthy dog treats, so families can leave with food for themselves and a little something extra for their dog. 

Blue Dog Bakery’s Pet Treat Pantry builds on the company’s long-standing tradition of community giving and engagement, which has included dog-related organizations, events and fundraisers all over the country.  From the American Kennel Club to the Pug Rescue of Florida, Blue Dog Bakery has donated dog treats to more than 800 organizations dedicated to helping dogs everywhere.

"For the past 14 years Blue Dog Bakery has made giving back to the dog community an important aspect of our business,” said Kyle Polanski, CEO of Blue Dog Bakery. “Our Pet Treat Pantry program was designed to take these community donations one step further.”

To kick off Pet Treat Pantry, Blue Dog Bakery donated 4,572 boxes of Blue Dog Bakery treats to five participating food banks across the country. Over the next three months, shoppers and dog-lovers have the opportunity to help donate 100,000 more boxes because when you buy a box, you give a box.

Those who purchase a specially marked box of Blue Dog Bakery treats are encouraged to visit www.bluedogbakery.com where they can enter the registration code found on the box and select one of five participating food banks to direct their donation. For each code registered, Blue Dog Bakery will send one box of treats to the selected food bank. Participating Pet Treat Pantry food banks include:

·      Rainier Valley Food Bank – Seattle, Washington

·     The Pongo Fund – Portland, Oregon

·         ·     Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry – Phoenix, Arizona

·         ·     Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – Charlotte, North Carolina

·         ·     The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties – Neptune, New Jersey

“Food banks ease the hunger of those in need, but we seldom think about the pets that live with them,” said Sam Osborne, Executive Director of the Rainer Valley Food Bank in Seattle. “Hunger is an issue that touches the lives of dogs just as much as their owners. Our pets are our families in every sense of the word, and are often one of the most important things getting these individuals through tough times. For a dog, treats say ’I love you’ and to be able to provide healthy treats for our families with pets is something truly special.”

Blue Dog Bakery already has plans to build on its inaugural Pet Treat Pantry program and expand in 2013 to benefit even more food banks.

"We believe that every dog deserves a treat and hope that our Pet Treat Pantry program will bring more smiles and tail wags to both families and their dogs,” said Polanski.  “We couldn't be more excited about the launch of our program. We are looking forward to a successful first year and many more ahead."

Specially marked boxes of Blue Dog Bakery treats can be found at national grocery retailers including Safeway, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Hannaford, Food Lion and more. To learn more about Pet Treat Pantry, where you can purchase Blue Dog Bakery treats, or direct your donation, visit www.bluedogbakery.com

 

About Blue Dog Bakery

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Blue Dog Bakery was founded in 1998. As the first all-natural dog treat in the mass grocery market it is the nation’s top selling natural dog treat brand. Blue Dog Bakery will never waiver from its commitment to using only all-natural ingredients in each dog  treat it brings to market – made in the U.S.A. with no animal by-products, no artificial flavors or colors, and no artificial preservatives.  As Blue Dog Bakery has grown, it has remained devoted to making healthy, all-natural treats for dogs, because a long and happy life goes paw-in-paw with good nutrition. Blue Dog Bakery uses only the highest quality bakery ingredients such as whole eggs, nonfat milk and whole wheat - making them easily digestible, full of fiber and protein and good for an overall balanced diet.

Media Contact: Alyssa Goldberg, 206inc, agoldbert@206inc.com, 206-388-1454