Black-Owned Pet Businesses to Support in the US
Black History Month is a time to honor and celebrate the fullness of Black History and Culture. This year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness, is about acknowledging Black scholars and medical practitioners, addressing health concerns impacting Black communities, and encouraging healing through education. It is important to honor and support Black businesses and communities throughout February, but this support should not be confined to one month of the year. We must continue to uphold these values and support throughout the year, while also understanding the power of the dollar and the variety of choices we have when we spend it. This awareness and celebration of Black History, community, and support should be something that we are continuously conscious of - that’s why Portland Pet Food Company has put together a list of Black Owned Pet Businesses in the US to Support throughout the year.
House Dogge - Sustainable Dog Product & Accessories
House Dogge (@housedogge) is a small batch eco-conscious brand out of Portland, Oregon that creates sustainable dog toys and products - such as toys, sweaters, leashes, and more! Owner and founder, Angela Medlin, started her business after learning about the toxic synthetic pet products that are used by over 80 million people worldwide. She set out to create a better quality, safer option for dogs and their owners. Medlin states, “The well-being of dogs (and the people who love them) is prioritized in these nontoxic, sustainable, and beautiful products that address both consumers holistically.” Medlin also uses her voice and platform to uplift others in her community. For each purchase made from House Dogge, a percentage of sales is donated to nonprofit organizations that are rescuing and healing health challenged, homeless, unwanted, neglected, and/or abused dogs so that they may find their caring forever home. The brand has been featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things List, Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens, Design Milk, and others.
Check out their website here: https://www.housedogge.com/
Harlem Doggie Day Care Spa - Pet Care, Grooming and Boarding
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Harlem Doggie Day Spa (@harlemdoggiedayspa) is a pet care and grooming facility located in Harlem, NY. Owner and founder, Brian Taylor, also known as the @dogfatherofharlem, was a banker who began working as a dog groomer 10 years ago, which is when he found his love for dogs. He then launched his own grooming service, and in 2012, Taylor expanded his business to offer day care and boarding services. Today, Harlem Doggie Day Spa is committed to providing the finest cage-free boarding, daycare, and grooming facility in Harlem. By learning and catering to each dog’s personality and needs and creating an enriched environment, the spa develops a special trust with their customers and community.
Check out their site and services here: https://harlembarknbreakfast.wpcomstaging.com/
The Bark Shoppe - Grooming, Boarding, Daycare and Dog Walking
The Bark Shoppe (@thebarkshoppe ) is a premiere pet care facility, located in New York City, that specializes in grooming, boarding, daycare, and dog walking. Owner and founder, Melissa Mitchner, was inspired to start her business from a small idea, a reality show and lots of hard work. Today, The Bark Shoppe stands as a community centered business that uses their space and platform to enhance and educate their community, as well as providing people of color with skill sets to advance within the pet care industry. The Bark Shoppe is also involved with several local and national community initiatives, such as #TakeCareofHarlem, Low Cost Vet Care Clinics and more. Their motto reads, "A clean pet is a healthy pet."
Check out their services and more about them here: https://thebarkshoppe.com/
Fresh Pawz - Streetwear For Dogs
Fresh Pawz (@freshpawz), the official streetwear brand for dogs, is a rapidly growing ecommerce company that is bridging the gap between pop culture and pet products. In 2018, owner and founder Christopher Cargnoni realized that there was something missing from the pet industry and began creating a sustainable, comfortable, and quality line of fashionable clothing for pets. Cargnoni wanted to create something that allowed their pets to be an extension of their own lifestyle and fashion, without compromising the quality and functionality that owners and pets rely on. FreshPaws quickly became the one of the first and most recognized streetwear-for-dogs brands and works to offer the best balance of variety, quality, and affordability. FreshPawz also gives back to the community by supporting the PetFinder Foundation, which provides initiatives to save adoptable pets from shelters and euthanization.
Check out more about FreshPaws and their streetwear brand here: https://www.freshpawz.com/
Sir DogWood - Dog Wear, Toys & Accessories
Sir Dogwood (@sirdogwood) offers a globally sourced selection of dog wear, toys, and accessories, thoughtfully curated from the most unique designers from around the world. Owner and founder, Chaz Olajide, launched Sir Dogwood out of her love for her miniature schnauzer and passion for design. While the brand focuses on pet apparel and accessories, it represents the idea that having a dog is more than just a hobby - it's a lifestyle. Sir Dogwood offers all the best selection of pet products and an uplifting community that celebrates both pets and their owners. Olajide also highlights other women and Black-owned pet businesses, as well as organizations such as One Tail at a Time and CARE (Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity). Olajide states, “Our commitment is to make the pet industry more inclusive by supporting women and BIPOC-led brands, amplifying their voices and increasing their visibility in our store, on our blog, and through our social media platforms.”
Check out their products here: https://sirdogwood.com/
At Portland Pet Food Company we make healthy, fresh meal toppers to spice up your dog’s bowl, or to entice the pickiest of eaters to enjoy dinnertime. If purchasing a safe chicken broth is intimidating to you, simply pick up one of our five human-grade dog food toppers and use that instead! We promise, your dog’s tail will be wagging no matter which one you pick up! Then, once you know that your dog loves our products, sign up for our dog food toppers subscription service for easy ordering, free shipping on orders over $40, discounts, and to make your dog the happiest on the block.