It’s not every day that I get to share news about a pet product company that’s giving back and believes in helping shelter pets with no strings attached, but today I want to tell you about just that.
They are called BOGO Bowl. (You may hear about them on The Today Show on Tuesday, September 25th!)
It’s pretty easy to let caring readers like you know about this company because they are so different–you’ll never see them on a retail store shelf.
They sell only direct and through shelters.
So the story starts…
They say things happen for a reason, and Sara Henderson and Susan Hollar believe that’s true.
Something good has to come from the bad – why else would two dogs be horrifically abused in different ways, if not to bring about good in the world? The ladies met after they each rescued special needs dogs: one tied to railroad tracks and the other shot and left to die at the river’s edge.
This was how Chance and Duke inspired their moms to found BOGO Bowl dog food (buy one, give one). Photos of Chance and Duke are to the right.
The team at BOGO Bowl wants to put high-quality food in every dog bowl across America, whether the bowl is in a comfy home or a caring shelter.
Pet pantries are the unsung heroes of the animal welfare world, working hard to keep loved pets in their homes and out of our overburdened shelters. They sometimes have the hardest time getting food donations because they are not yet fully appreciated.
“We believe they are the front line of helping end the tide of homeless pets in our country so we fully support their efforts,” said Sara!
Imagine if every time you purchased a bag of food for your dog, you could give a bag of the same food to a dog in need, in your neighborhood.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? In this case, it is true: When you feed your dog, another dog IN YOUR AREA gets to eat, too. Shelters, rescues and pantries are forever in need of donations and food.
Some of us don’t have the budget or funds to give away, especially in these tough economic times. Your dog gets a great bag of nutritious food from BOGO Bowl and so does the dog in need down the street, in your neighborhood.
Not halfway across the country.
Not somewhere on a list where you have no clue what happens to the dog food or if a dog ever gets to be fed.
Plus, the food is high quality, is made in the USA and isn’t double-priced nor overinflated.
With the holidays around the corner, this is a feel-good company that wears its heart on their sleeve. You can learn more at http://www.bogobowl.com.
BOGO Bowl Facts
About BOGO Bowl: Des Moines-based BOGO Bowl launched in June 2012 as the only pet food company with the buy one, give one model. With every purchase of healthy, high-quality BOGO Bowl dog food, a matching bag of food will be given to a dog in need at no additional cost. BOGO Bowl is committed to keeping pets in their homes and helping give shelter animals more time to find a loving home. BOGO Bowl dog food is currently available for purchase by calling 1-877-756-2646 and at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. It can also be purchased nationally through online sales and at some shelters and rescues. Learn more at BOGObowl.com.
How it works: With every purchase of healthy, high-quality BOGO Bowl dog food, a matching bag of food will be given to a dog in need at no additional cost. BOGO Bowl follows this buy one, give one approach to help provide dog food to families in need, so they don’t have to part with a pet, as well as provide quality, healthy food to shelter animals, so they have more time to find a loving home.
Matching: When you buy a bag of BOGO Bowl online, a matching bag of food will be given to a dog in need near you. The food is given to a local pet pantry or other organization that directly supports the keep pets at home model. Shelters and rescues that sell BOGO Bowl food will keep the matching bag to feed their charges.
Formulas Available: BOGO Bowl brand dry dog foods are available in the following formulas: puppy, maintenance, healthy weight, chicken meal and rice, salmon meal and rice, lamb meal and rice, and no grain. Each formula is available in 20-pound bags.
Ingredients: All formulas meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials criteria for quality, healthful pet food. BOGO Bowl uses healthful, quality ingredients. Just like other high quality dog food brands, protein is the main ingredient. The formulas include fruits and vegetables. They don’t contain byproducts or use artificial colors or flavors. Corn, wheat or soy is not used as filler. In fact, all the starches used are encapsulated so well there’s less fermentation in a dog’s body.
Availability: All formulas of BOGO Bowl are currently available for purchase by calling 1-877-756-2646. The puppy and maintenance formulas are available for purchase at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. BOGO Bowl is available for purchase at BOGObowl.com with shipping included. Shelters and rescues across the country may sell BOGO Bowl.
Prices: BOGO Bowl dog foods are comparable in price to other high-quality dog food brands. When buying direct from BOGO Bowl, the 20-pound bags range from $41.20 – $63.40 and include shipping. Prices at shelters and rescues will vary.
About the Founder: Sara Henderson founded Des Moines-based BOGO Bowl in 2012. Sara is also the founder of the Pet Project Midwest, a not-for-profit organization in Iowa with the mission to keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.
Learn more about BOGO Bowl now at http://www.bogobowl.com.
Interesting Pet Ownership and Pet Food Statistics
62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes. – Source: 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey
According to the American Pet Products Association, pet ownership is trending up, despite the fluctuating economy, as is spending on pet health and welfare products, particularly food. This increase spans income levels.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized.
In the 1970s, American shelters euthanized 12-20 million dogs and cats, at a time when there were 67 million pets in homes. Today, shelters euthanize around 4 million animals, while there are more than 135 million dogs and cats in homes. This enormous decline in euthanasia numbers—from around 25 percent of American dogs and cats euthanized every year to about 3 percent—represents substantial progress. – Source: Human Society of the United States
Low adoption rates are one factor driving the high number of animals in shelters, but every year, millions of dogs and cats are relinquished by their owners—or rescued from the streets by animal control officers and private citizens—and brought to animal shelters. These circumstances leave shelters and rescue groups with a large number of animals in need of homes. – Source: Human Society of the United States.
The American Pet Products Association estimates that $52.87 billion will be spent on pets in the U.S. in 2012.
The “humanization” of companion animals has ensured regular and consistent growth in the industry. A report by Packaged Facts’ says that the U.S. pet market remains healthy, attributing this strength to factors such as the human-animal bond, an aging pet population and big-spending baby boomers. Packaged Facts expects the annual sales rate to increase approximately 6% in 2012.
According to WeeklyPets.blogspot.com, “strong increases in pet food spending were recently made by households making only $15,000 – $39,000 per year.”