Monday, August 22, 2011

Meet Juno, the Rescued Beagle

We recently held an "I WANT SWEET POTATO!" contest on its facebook fan page, and the entries were fantastic! A very special dog, Juno, won some canned sweet potato, as well as our hearts.
Here is an excerpt from Juno Rescued Beagle's web site:
My name is Juno and I am a rescued beagle. My life started in a laboratory where I along with 119 other beagles were used as testing subjects for cosmetics and household items. In April of 2010 the lab closed their doors for good. Luckily for us some wonderful people from Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT and Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, NY stepped in and rescued us. In the beginning I was seeing things that were completely new to me. Being outside, feeling grass, having good food and people to pet and care for me. I have a forever home with my very own family and have learned a lot about what it’s like to just be a dog and life is good.
In June of 2011 I became a certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. It is my job to bring smiles and happy wags to those in the world who need it the most. Not a day goes by that I am not finding trouble or adventure, sometimes both!

I am named after the Roman Goddess, Juno who was best known for her protection of the people. I always do my best to do my job and protect my people and to bring smiles and wags to everyone I meet and to educate people about animal testing and how each of us can make small changes in our own lives to bring about an end to that outdated practice.

Well, Juno, we are SO happy you were one of the winners of our contest, and so happy you have a great forever home with great parents!! We're glad you're enjoying your sweet potato!

Holly Sher
President of Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Evanger's: As Natural As It Gets by The American Dog Magazine

Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company
[excerpt from American Dog Magazine]

The American Dog reports
Article by: Jamie Downey, American Dog Magazine


What are you feeding your dog? By-products, additives, and preservatives lace the ingredients of most dog foods on the market shelves. Now, when dogs are more than ever considered part of the family, why would anyone choose low-quality food to sustain them? Holly and Joel Sher, the owners of Evanger’s since 2002, can only think of reasons why people should feed the family dog food made of the highest-quality, most wholesome, and nutritious ingredients. “Many people today cook for their pets,” says Holly Sher, “and we believe that using human-grade meats is essential to keeping our pets happy and increasing their longevity.” Evanger’s, a company that was started in 1935 by Fred Evanger, has always been devoted to canine health. “[Evanger] started making his own pet food for his champion Great Danes in the 1930s because he was not satisfied with the commercial pet foods that were available to him at the time…. We strive every day to maintain Fred Evanger’s commitment to quality and quest to keep pets healthy and happy.”

Evanger’s is the only privately held and family-owned canned pet food manufacturer in the country. In fact, the Shers say that all of their ingredients are sourced from the United States, with the exception of some New Zealand lamb meats that must be imported because it is required for their overseas business. Not only that, but nearly 70% of their raw materials are sourced locally in the Chicagoland area. “Our company-owned refrigerated truck picks up the raw materials from our local suppliers on a daily basis to be used in our pet food production within 24 hours of reception,” explains Holly. That means the faster they get the ingredients canned, the fresher it will be for the dogs at home.

And the dogs at the Sher home will not eat anything less. “Of course they eat our products! They formulate our products,” says Holly. Lilly, their Siberian Husky, and Yukon, their Samoyed-Chow mix, were the reasons they invented Hunk of Beef, which is Evanger’s best-selling product today. Since Yukon was a puppy, the Shers had difficulty getting him to eat. Then they developed Hunk of Beef, which is a large piece of premium beef in a can, and Yukon went nuts for it. “Our dogs would probably go on a hunger strike if we downgraded their food. That’s one of the reasons we stay so committed to the quality of our products. We are taking the food home to our own pets.”

Over the years, the selection has grown. They have just launched a line of new products. Many customers put in requests for specific doggy dishes, and Evanger’s listens, does their research, and creates new meals. For example, canned sweet potato options have been a popular request. After noting that it’s a terrific source of many vitamins and minerals, including Beta-Carotene, Vitamins C and B6, Manganese, Copper,Potassium, and disease-fighting fiber, they decided to launch 100% Sweet Potato, which just hit the market. They also just added 100% Raw Freeze Dried Beef Hearts and 100% Raw Freeze Dried Beef Lungs to their Nothing but Natural treat line. “I have wanted to offer a freeze-dried treat for a long time because it is the healthiest treat a pet can have if it’s minimally processed, which our treats are.”

This is just the tip of the freeze-dried iceberg. Evanger’s offers a wide selection of grain-free, kosher, organic, and premium selections for your pooch. “Whether you want to make a suggestion for a new pet food line, you want to ask a question about a particular ingredient we include, or you just want to talk about your dogs and cats, we love hearing from our customers.”