[Spotlight] Pet Wants Greensboro NW
After Steve and Donya Herring rescued their dog, Solomon, they became curious about what was in his food.
“I immediately fell in love with [Solomon],” Steve said. “I went to the big box stores, trying to find the best food and we were directed to certain foods, but they could not tell us why they were the best. So I thought about doing research on my own, and I ran across Pet Wants.”
Steve said Pet Wants is an up-and-coming franchise based out of Ohio that makes dog and cat food with fresh and all-natural ingredients. Steve said Pet Wants stood out to him because the food is made monthly and not mass produced in advance like much of the other big name brands. After doing some research on Pet Wants, Steve said that the food is freshly made in the United States, it’s all natural, and all the ingredients have a purpose and are not just for filling.
“We ordered some and tried it on our Solomon, and he loved it,” Steve said. “That was a selling point for us. Then we went to meet the owners of the company, and it just felt right for us.”
The Herrings decided to open an e-commerce Pet Wants franchise in Greensboro to share a product they believe in with others in the area.
“Our mission statement is to be able to provide healthy, all-natural dog and cat food for our customers that is affordable,” Steve said. “Our food is all-natural, no wheat, no soy, no animal byproducts, no dyes, artificial flavors, and it is made monthly.”
Steve said that once they place an order from the company in Ohio, it gets made and shipped directly to them, and that process takes about two or three weeks total. Once the Herrings receive the food, they store it in a climate-controlled facility until they sell it directly to their customers.
Steve said more prominent name brands make their food in mass quantities and that “you never really know how long the food has been sitting on a shelf.”
“What sets Pet Wants apart is that we try and get the food as fresh as possible to the pet without the deterioration of nutrition in the food,” Steve said.
“Our food doesn’t sit on the shelf, there is no middle man,” Donya added. “We can tell you when our food has been made. After 90 days, even though the food is still good, we try to donate that food [to local shelters].”
Food isn’t the only thing that Pet Wants offers. Steve said that they also sell handmade treats, natural treats (such as antlers), beef jerky, potato chips (plain and peanut butter flavored), peanut butter cookies, paw wax, skin spray, mosquito repellant, healing salve and calming balm.
“Another thing we like to do, even if people don’t buy our food, we like to educate them on the food that they are purchasing for their pets,” Donya said. “We want for them just to be aware of what is in the food. Whenever we went up to do our training, I found out that I really didn’t know how to read pet food labels. They trained us how to read a label, to really understand what the label was actually saying as far as the ingredient panel.”
Pet Wants does not have a brick-and-mortar, but the Herrings and their Pet Wants products can be found at events, festivals and farmers markets (including the popular Corner Market located in the parking lot of Sticks and Stones on Walker Avenue).
Pet Wants food is sold by the pound, and prices range from $2.59 to $3.69 per pound. The Herrings said they also offer free delivery to Guilford County and Kernersville. For more information, visit their website, www.petwantsgreensboronw.com or their Facebook and Instagram pages.