SOURCE: Paws Cafe

August 07, 2008 10:53 ET

Paws Café, the Area's First Store Offering All Natural, Freshly-Made Pet Food, Holds Grand Opening August 16 and 17

The Redmond Store Makes Fresh Food to Maximize the Health of Dogs and Cats

REDMOND, WA--(Marketwire - August 7, 2008) - Paws Café, the area's first pet food store to offer all natural dog and cat food made fresh daily, will hold its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17 from 10:00am - 7:00pm. The celebration will feature free, all-natural pet food samples, giveaways and drawings.

During the grand opening weekend there will be free consultations from Ahimsa Dog Training, Northwest School of Animal Massage, Canine Hydrotherapy and Massage, The Healing Place, and Lily-Rose Photography. In addition, Martha Norwalk from Animal World will be in the store on Sunday at 1:00pm.

Paws Café will donate five percent of every purchase to Reading with Rover, a community-based literacy program volunteering in schools, bookstores and libraries in the Puget Sound area.

Fresh food diets

Paws Café's pet food recipes are rich in natural, whole food nutrients. All of the store's freshly-made meals are formulated to meet the nutrient requirements recommended by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Unlike most of the frozen or raw pet foods available today, Paws Café uses a combination of ground muscle and organ meat from healthy, sustainably-raised animals, a nutrient-packed blend of organic fruits and vegetables, human-grade bone meal, and unrefined cold-pressed oils to create fresh balanced meals without the need for additional supplements or fillers.

"Most of the commercial foods available today contain questionable meat and by-product sources -- many of them from meat not suitable for human consumption," said Paws Café owner Shelly Fuller. "They also contain cheap grain fillers, which are common allergens, as a means to bulk up their meals. Cheap filler ingredients introduce safety issues, such as the widely publicized melamine poisoning in 2007. The effects of commercial foods on our cats and dogs is staggering. The obesity rates are now said to be around 50 percent and with that comes a host of chronic health issues such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease."

Earth-friendly store

The store has incorporated many earth-friendly features, including using recycled building materials, recycled tires for the Paws Corral area mats, bamboo flooring in the retail area, and energy efficient refrigeration units and freezers. The storefront sign uses LED lighting, the retail bags and boxes are made from 100 percent recycled paper products, and food is packaged using clear, deli-style containers made from a corn-based material called PLA, which composts in about 30 days.

In addition to food, Paws Café also provides weekday doggie day care for non-aggressive, low intensity dogs, Saturday morning puppy socialization, puppy and basic manner dog training classes offered by Ahimsa Dog Training, on-site and off-site animal photography with Lily-Rose Photography, and on-site educational classes focused on the overall health and wellness of family canine companions by The Heavenly Spa and The Northwest School of Animal Massage.

"Our goal is to provide a complete community for pets and their owners," said Fuller. "By providing the healthiest food possible along with nutritional consulting, day care, training, massage and other products, Paws Café is the single resource for healthy, happy pets and families."

Paws Café regular store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 7:00pm.

About Paws Café

Paws Café is the area's first pet food store to offer all natural dog and cat food made fresh daily in its Redmond retail store kitchen. Its nutrition-based offerings include fixed recipes for dogs and cats that are always in stock, custom recipes specific to pet needs, nutritional consulting services, partial ingredient mixes and supplements for households that are making their own homemade pet foods, fresh raw meaty bones, organic treats and grain-free kibble. All of its freshly made meals are formulated to meet the nutrient requirements recommended by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). For more information, call 425.256.2073 or visit http://www.pawscafe.com.

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