Attention, pet parents of Huntsville! The Avenue apartments on Jefferson Street will soon welcome a new tenant to the pack. Pet Wants pet food company is a new-to-Alabama shop that will provide high-quality pet food for cats and dogs, leashes, toys, and other select items.
“As the first Pet Wants location in Alabama, I am proud to meet the needs of our city’s four-legged companions,” said Kelli Smith, owner of Pet Wants in Huntsville. “I am genuinely concerned about your pets’ lives and I have personally seen the benefits of Pet Wants with my own dogs.”
A 1,170 square foot space, Pet Wants is slated to open in July 2018.
“It’s nutrition you can trust.”
Founded in 2010 by Michele Hobbs and Amanda Broughton, Pet Wants currently has more than 100 locations nationwide.
“Michele’s own dog had terrible skin issues due to allergies,” shared Kelli. “She was looking for ways to improve his health from the inside-out, and that’s when they decided to start a company that paid attention to the chemistry, quality, and sourcing of its pet food.”
The Cincinnati-based company’s mission is to “improve the nutrition, health, vitality, and well being of pets throughout North America.” And they are conquering that task one dog bowl at a time.
“Pet Wants is more than a pet store, it’s a pet nutrition company,” clarified Kelli. “We are dedicated to providing the highest quality food that will be in your pet’s bowl within weeks—not months. All of our food is free from by-products, corn, wheat, soy, and dyes. We make it possible for pets to get the most nutritious diet in a way that’s convenient for clientele.”
Speaking of convenience, Pet Wants will offer free delivery within a 50-mile radius of its downtown location, easy online ordering, and even have an auto-delivery option.
“If you choose, you can have our food delivered to your door or office every month,” said Kelli. “Maintaining your pet’s healthy diet should not be a chore. We hope to provide peace of mind—in more ways than one—when it comes to caring for your pet.”
“We slow-cook food to lock in nutrients.”
Unlike mass-produced pet food brands, Pet Wants orders small batches of food according to customer demand. This means all Pet Wants’ food in the shop is younger than eight weeks old. Customers can purchase food by the pound, meaning less food is wasted and every meal is fresh.
“Over time, the nutritional benefits of pet food naturally degrade,” explained Kelli. “Pet Wants’ food will only stay on our shelves for up to eight weeks. This helps us ensure your pet’s food is the freshest on the market and always nutritionally rich.”
Kelli also shared that an animal nutritionist is on staff at Pet Wants’ headquarters and monitors the quality of the food—down to its chemistry—in order to maintain the brand’s strict standards.
“Pet Wants ensures that every single batch is tested,” said Kelli. “I can confidently say that if it’s at my store, it’s quality.”
“Let’s discuss your pet’s needs.”
First and foremost, Kelli said she wants to work with and help animals in need.
“I welcome consultations with our clients via phone or in-person at the store so we can discuss which foods will most benefit their pets in the long run. We can take a close look at the contents of the food they are feeding their pet and figure out ways to improve the diet together.”
Different formulas for cats and dogs are available in store, along with a line of salves, balms, and sprays for dogs that are made from therapeutic-grade essential oils. Be sure to ask Kelli about Pet Wants’ all-natural mosquito, flea, and tick spray.
“I create the balms and sprays in-house,” said Kelli.
“Bring your pets and hang out with us!”
When asked why she chose downtown for her home base, Kelli raved about the area’s community feel.
“Opening the shop in downtown was always a goal of mine,” said Kelli. “There’s nothing better than the family vibe and support that businesses give each other here. I believe our location will help us reach the most pets possible with quality nutrition, while still providing individualized attention to our customers.”
Pet Wants will be a pet-friendly space that welcomes four-legged friends. There will always be fresh water—and maybe a treat or two—ready for your dog when you visit.
“Downtown Huntsville is an active, pet-friendly place,” said Charlie Sealy, co-developer of The Avenue. “The residents of downtown, visitors to the dog park and other parks, as well as owners seeking the very best for their pets will find Pet Wants to be an exceptional boutique offering wonderful products and services.”
Why choose Pet Wants?
“We are passionate about your pets,” promised Kelli. “We’re fresh, local, and we want to be a valuable part of the Huntsville pet community. Our job is done when we see the pet you love begin to feel better, play better, and enjoy each day to the fullest.”
Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels for more updates on Pet Wants! We will be sure to send out information on the grand opening soon. Be sure to follow Pet Wants on Facebook and Instagram.
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