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

2.5 tons of dog treats brought joy to the lives of dogs and their families in 2012

 

SEATTLE, WA – September 30, 2013 – Today Blue Dog Bakery launched year two 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 provides healthy treats to the canine friends of food bank clients.

One in six American families receives assistance from their local food bank, and when finances are tight healthy dog treats are not a priority. Last year, Blue Dog Bakery saw an opportunity to expand their donation program by introducing Pet Treat Pantry.  Pet Treat Pantry invites consumers to purchase a specially marked box of Blue Dog Bakery dog treats and register their donation online using the code found on the box. Blue Dog Bakery is very excited to launch the second year of what they hope to be an annual program.

Over the past five years Blue Dog Bakery has donated dog treats to more than 800 organizations, events and fundraisers dedicated to helping dogs all over the country with their “Say Yes” policy. The Pet Treat Pantry builds on the company’s long-standing tradition of community giving and engagement.

"Developing and launching Pet Treat Pantry in 2012 was hugely rewarding for Blue Dog Bakery,” said Kyle Polanski, CEO of Blue Dog Bakery. “With the help of consumers, we were able to donate over 2.5 tons of healthy dog treats to our food bank partners. We are excited to continue the program, and are hoping we can top last year’s donation total!”

To kick off the 2013 Pet Treat Pantry, Blue Dog Bakery has already donated 3,768 pounds of Blue Dog Bakery treats to five participating food banks across the country. Over the next four months, shoppers and dog-lovers have the opportunity to help donate 20,000 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/community/pet-treat-pantry 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

“Since Hurricane Sandy, our distribution has increased by 20%,” said Linda Keenan, Director of Development for the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, NJ. “We recognize that a family includes pets and many of these families struggle everyday to provide for just their children. We want to make sure when we are assisting these families we are including their pets, and the partnership with Blue Dog Bakery and the Pet Treat Pantry program allows us to do just that – and make a difference.”

Specially marked boxes of Blue Dog Bakery treats can be found at national grocery retailers. 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 artificial 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: Lara Thompson-Kravik, 206-323-6958, lara@bluedogbakery.com