There’s no questioning the bond between pet and owner. Our little fur-babies become our most reliable friend, softest shoulder to cry on, buddy to play with, and they love us unconditionally.
When I got Charles, a miniature Daschund (@sausagedogcharles), I was going through a bit of a rough patch in my life. It was my last semester at University and I was in the middle of exams, when my long-term boyfriend broke up with me and I was forced to move out, which left me couch-surfing. During that same week, my Grandad, whom I was very close with, past away suddenly. It felt like all at once, I had lost too much – my home, my boyfriend (and dog, who he kept), my security and my Grandad. I was a wreck. In my lost state, I decided that the only “logical” thing to do was to get a puppy. In hind-sight, it was incredibly irresponsible, but when Charles came in to my life, I didn’t feel so alone. He was mine, loved me unconditionally, and nobody could take him away from me. We became instant family.
I wanted, and still want, nothing but the best for Charles. Even though I couldn’t afford it at the time, I made sure that he had the highest quality food, organic shampoo, and the most bad-ass collar that I could find. For whatever reason, when you get a pet, they do become a member of the family, and it is our absolute responsibility to nourish and care for them as such.
So why are the majority of pet owners feeding their fur-babies food whose first ingredients are GMO corn, soy and/or wheat, animal meal, animal byproducts and packed with preservatives, dyes and artificial flavours? This is NOT nutritious food! This is a slurry of cheap ingredients that are unfit for human consumption, which are processed and packed off to the pet food companies.
The moment I learned about Open Farm Pet Food, I knew that no other pet food brand could compete, and I have been buying it ever since. The ingredients are of the highest quality and the company is built around sustainability! Being a vegetarian, and someone who is passionate about the environment, I feel really good about feeding Charles a food that has animal welfare and the environment at the forefront of their business model.
I want the best for Charles, as well as the environment, which is why I’ve switched to Open Farm.
6 Reasons to Feed Your Pet Open Farm Pet Food
#1 – First Certified Humane Pet Food
Open Farm is the FIRST pet industry partner of Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) and the first Certified Humane pet food. The HFAC has set out strict and objective welfare standards, which are extensive and carefully tailored to each type of animal covered by the program. To read the minimum standards required by HFAC in more detail, click here.
Open Farm is also proud partners with Global Animal Partnership, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to continuously improving farm animal welfare around the world.
#2 – Quality Ingredients
Unlike the vast majority of pet food brands, Open Farm Pet Food is made with human-grade ingredients, NOT animal by-products from 4-D meat (meat from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals).
Instead, Open Farm Pet Food contains…
- human-grade meats that are raised naturally on a vegetarian diet without any antibiotics or growth hormones.
- fish that is always ocean caught, never farmed, and seasonally sourced from Seafood Watch and Ocean Wise approved fisheries
- NO Fillers – all recipes are 100% grain-free and never contain corn, soy, wheat or rice.
- fruits and vegetables that are exclusively GMO-free.
- NO preservatives, colours, flavours or ingredients from China!
# 3 – Sustainability
Finally, a pet food company that’s concerned about the environment, and as part of Open Farm’s commitment to sustainability, they have a full scale program to manage their environmental footprint:
- Sustainable Fishing: Open Farm has partnered with US and Canadian seafood sustainability organizations, Seafood Watch and Ocean Wise, to ensure that their ocean caught fish are sourced in accordance with the most up-to-date sustainability standards.
- Sustainable Farming: All of the fruits and vegetables in Open Farm’s recipes are GMO-free and, where possible, sourced from local farmers (more than 80% of the fruits & vegetables are from local farms!). Their farms all comply with “Good Agriculture Practices”, and must undergo GAP audits on a regular basis.
#4 – Recyclable Packaging
Ninety-five percent of pet food bags are not recyclable and end up in the landfill! For this reason, Open Farm has partnered with TerraCycle, an international up-cycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products, like pet food bags, and re-purposes the material into affordable, innovative products. Just return your pet food bag to your pet food store!
#5 – Transparency
Open Farm Pet food is always transparent about where their food comes from – no secrets, no hidden ingredients! Open Farm provides detailed information about the ingredients in their recipes on their website, which you can see here.
You can even source the origin of every ingredient in your pet food, and when it was sourced, by entering the lot code on the bottom of your bag here (scroll half way down the page).
#6 – A Happier, Healthier Pet
“You are what you eat.” My mom has been preaching this to me since I was a young child, but it’s SO true – and the same goes for your pet! Quality, nutrient dense food, for humans and animals, means that we’re stronger, healthier, happier and have more energy. If you’re switching to Open Farm from a low quality pet food (check out this list of the 10 worst offenders), then you may notice a difference in the shininess of your pet’s coat, their overall energy levels, and, as gross as it is, their poop, which, generally speaking, should be moist and firm, and have a mild odour (read more about identifying healthy dog poop here ;).
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