Honest Ethics at The Honest Kitchen

THK SamplesRESCUE FROM THE OUTSIDE

When you enter the world of animal adoption, you quickly learn how multifaceted a topic it is. There are no-kill rescues, shelters that euthanize due to overpopulation, a desperate need for spay/neuter, and the need to educate about how not to fund puppy mills through animal purchases.

Then there’s the personal side…

THK LogoRESCUE FROM THE INSIDE

When we first adopted our kittens, they were both quite sick with upper respiratory infections, ringworm, and Bartonella (or Cat Scratch Fever). We were pumping meds into them twice each day for 30 days, two months at a time. To give them the best fighting chance, I also wanted to fill their bellies with the best food.

I realized then that we had a fabulous opportunity to start them out right and keep them on track for life. They’ve since grown into beautifully healthy boys with zero health issues since. And since we pay equal attention to our dogs’ diets as a result, they too have been fabulously healthy and beautiful. We attribute this to human grade, hormone and antibiotic free pet food we feed from The Honest Kitchen, as well as other healthy food choices.

SUPPORTING RESCUES INSIDE AND OUT

While I am already in love with The Honest Kitchen for simply dehydrating (not processing) human grade ingredients, choosing sources that farm and fish humanely, and being environmentally conscious, I just fell a little bit more head over heals for them.

Lucy Postins, THK’s co-founder and CEO, discussed something new in this month’s THK newsletter that I didn’t know. THK has rescue at the forefront of their minds too, and not just in their monthly food donations. As Lucy wrote:

Lucy Postins and WillowWe have refused to allow Honest Kitchen products to be sold in stores that sell puppies and kittens for the past nine years, because they are often linked to puppy mills and backyard breeders.

There are about 100,000 to 200,000 dogs inside puppy mills at any given time in the United States. We believe that puppy mills do not constitute ‘responsible breeders’, since puppy-mill pets are not sufficiently socialized to normal everyday situations, causing them to suffer various social problems and making them difficult house pets – which in turn makes them even more at risk of ending their days in a shelter. In addition, puppy mills do not offer lifetime support to puppy owners and do not agree to take back any puppy they have raised, for the duration of its entire life, as a responsible breeder does. Also, when puppies are sold in retail outlets, there is insufficient vetting of new homes to ensure that owners are sufficiently educated on how to care for their new animal, have the means to care for their new family member and properly understand the lifetime responsibility they are undertaking.

The mass scale breeding of puppies on farms, transportation across the country and re-sale in shops is the single biggest cause of massive over-population of companion animals in the United States and has caused puppies to be considered as commodities or possessions rather than members of the family. The greatest victims in the puppy mill problem are the breeding parents, because they will live their life in a cage and it generally ends fairly brutally.

However, we support rescue organizations and responsible breeders, as well as pet supplies stores who refuse to support irresponsible backyard breeders and the puppy mill trade.

We hope that you join us in taking a stance against these stores, and the irresponsible breeders who supply them. No matter how cute that puppy might be in the window – if there’s no demand, the supply will stop.

Who can’t love that? As if I didn’t already feel great about supporting this health conscious company with my cash… The folks behind the logo truly care about animals and they don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. Right on.

Are you a responsible breeder, or do you help with a rescue organization?

The Honest Kitchen supports a new rescue each month and supplies free rescue or puppy packs to organizations who would like to dispense them to new owners. Packs contain a information on holistic health, as well as free samples and coupons.

For rescue packs, or if you would like to request that your group becomes a part of THK’s  rescue program, email, Christin@thehonestkitchen.com. To order puppy packs, or learn more about promotions to responsible breeders, email, Jenna@thehonestkitchen.com.

For more about The Honest Kitchen, how their food is made, how the company has grown through word of mouth and why…

DISCLOSURE

I am a proud participant in The Honest Kitchen’s ally program. I joined because, after dangerous recalls and increased deception about what constitutes “healthy” food in the pet food industry, I finally found a human grade, socially and environmentally conscious dog and cat food company that I can trust my pets’ life with. While I do receive samples and a discount through the program, I tell everybody I know about The Honest Kitchen because – bottom line – I want them to feel as good about what they feed their pets as I do.

Comments

  1. That's an admirable position for a pet food company to take. It's nice to see times when values come before making money! It's interesting too that they discuss responsible breeders, as opposed to just breeders generally. Something I never was aware of when we were looking to get a puppy (Oscar is our first dog) is backyard breeders who are just out to make a buck who can be just as bad as puppy mils – they just may get less press.

    • Yes, Oscar, it's a rare instance when corporations watch out for the underdog, so to speak. I knew these folks made monthly donations to rescues, but this level of attention to detail is simply beautiful.

      What irks me most is when substandard brands do some small bit for rescue but don't actually make healthy food. If they truly cared about dogs, they'd invest in less fillers and more quality content, THEN they'd feed THAT to rescue animals who need high nutrition most. Otherwise, they're just promoting themselves on the backs of dogs in need – and that's just disgraceful.

  2. Really interesting post… thanks!

    Also, I just gave you an award on my blog… if you're interested you can check it out at: http://istillwantmorepuppies.blogspot.com/2011/06

  3. I received an Inspiration award that I am passing along to you. You can choose to place it wherever you prefer. Maybe you'll choose not to display it at all, but at least you know it came from my heart. It's all good. The award is here: http://www.allthingsdogblog.com/2011/06/all-thing….

    It looks like this is your lucky day. Enjoy!

    • Thank you, Carrie! I'm honored – and I dropped by your comments to say so! While visiting your site, I noticed you'll be going to BlogPaws. I so look forward to seeing you! We'll definitely have to meet up. 🙂

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