Thursday, April 21, 2016

At Evangers, Every Day is Earth Day

As Earth Day approaches, our family reflects on the importance of protecting our environment. We are in the business of nurturing some of the Earth’s finest creatures, and our business is dependent on abundant fresh produce and meats. Many of you many know the lengths we go to in producing all-natural, nutrient-dense, and environmentally-friendly foods for your furry family members.

But you may not know just how seriously we take it.  At Evanger's, EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY. Did you know…..
  • Evangers has the maximum amount of recyclable materials in our retail packaging.
  • Evangers cans are made of steel, and labels are paper (both infinitely recyclable)
  • All packaging materials are recycled
  • Evangers has an on-site recycling program
  • Evangers has an on-site water well, which is not only sustainable in itself, but also motivates its efforts to be socially and economically responsible.
  • In 2015 Evangers saved over 1,500 trees by using greener trays on its canned pet food
  • Evangers uses skylights as its main light source, with motion-detector high-efficiency lights which are defaulted by light the sensors, meaning the lights will only turn on when it's dark or cloudy and someone is in the room.
  • Evangers uses variable frequency drives (VFD) on its motors which controls motors to use less electricity by taking off the initial demand load
  • Boiler flame is adjusted annually to make sure we are efficient as possible
  • Evanger's manufacturing plant is steam and natural-gas-operated.  
  • Pallets are recycled to reduce the waste stream 
  • Minimal carbon footprint - 90% of the ingredients are sourced locally within 50 miles of Evanger's own kitchens, and picked up daily with Evangers own trucks to be used within 24 hours for optimum freshness.  The other 10% of ingredients comes from US-sourced suppliers and farmers. 
  • We are transitioning our labels to a stock that is made of 80% recycled material
  • Evangers encourages employees to bike, carpool, or use public transportation.
  • We only source ingredients from suppliers and farmers that have humane treatment of their animals.  
We take great pride in these traditions and continue to seek new ways to be earth friendly, and to make EVERY DAY EARTH DAY!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Passover Seder Goes To The Dogs

Calling pets (and people) of all faiths for a fun, furry and memorable Passover Seder ceremony at Choice Pet Market in Scottsdale, serving up USA certified Kosher pet foods for dogs, cats and ferrets hosted by family owned and operated Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company and their 100% USA-Made Kosher pet food lines.
For over 80 years, Evanger’s is the only USA pet food manufacturing plant endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) for Passover, making feeding your pet during the holidays healthy, delicious and Kosher. For a list of over 40 Kosher foods that do not combine any meat with dairy products and are chometz-free, click here
  • WHO: Pets, kids, families and pet lovers of all ages and faiths welcome
  • WHAT: Live pet-centric Passover Seder ceremonies, with live music, kosher pet food giveaways, doggy yarmulkes, and more
  • WHEN: Monday, April 18, 2016 anytime between 4:30 - 7:00pm
  • WHERE: Choice Pet Market (SW corner of Scottsdale & Shea) – 7119 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 113 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 MAP IT
Evanger's Passover Seder for Dogs and People has been featured on Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report!

For this special fur-friendly Passover Seder, each dog attendee will get a doggy yarmulke and receive special event day discounts on certified Kosher foods from Evanger’s.
What to Expect at the Fur-Friendly Seder:
1.    Pet owners and pets check in, and share a short introduction or fun fact.
2.    Break afikomen (matzoh) along with Evanger’s kosher for Passover food or treats. The afikomen will be hid somewhere inside the store, and after the Seder concludes, well-mannered dogs will be invited to sniff out the afikomen. The dog that finds it first gets a prize from Evanger’s Pet Foods.
3.    Sing di-ya-nu.
4.    Reading of the 10 Plagues. Dogs can bark along and the pet owners will get to share Evanger’s USA-made treats with each plague.
5.    The youngest dog will be invited to howl or bark (“sing”) the 4 questions
6.    Time to dine! Evanger’s USA-made Kosher pet foods will be served for each pet to enjoy.
Showcasing its commitment to quality and its range of certified Kosher lines of USA dog, cat and ferret foods, Evanger’s has been seen in popular media like The Colbert Report, Rachael Ray, Saturday Night Live, and People Magazine for Pets.
For more information on certified (cRc) Kosher pet foods, please visit http://www.EvangersDogFood.com.
About Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company 
As a family owned and operated USA pet food manufacturer for over 80 years, the mission of the company remains focused on increasing the quality and enjoyment of life of our companion pets through nutrition. Evanger’s remains just as committed to the quality and innovation of each of its foods as the day it opened operations in 1935, and proudly supports independently owned pet shops where quality and customer service are of the upmost importance. As the only remaining family-owned and operated pet food cannery in the U.S., offering USA-sourced nutrition to improve the health of pets and supporting pet loving customers remains the #1 goal.
About Choice Pet Market 
With 7 locations around the Valley, Choice Pet Market offers an outstanding selection to promote the well-being of pets, specializing in natural, organic and holistic foods for dogs, cats, companion birds, small animals, fish and reptiles. Offering a highly trained staff to provide you the information you need to keep your pet healthy and happy, bring your pet down for the best shopping experience you can find where your pet’s health and well-being is #1.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Evangers Pet Foods Helps You Prepare for Passover with your Pets


Evangers Pet Foods Helps You Prepare for Passover with your Pets


       We have always known that dogs and cats are part of the family, so Evanger's manufactures food that is endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council as Kosher for Passover for pet food (not for human consumption).  We do this to make feeding your pets simple and convenient during Passover.




         You can be assured products made at Evanger's are made of the highest quality and are not only suitable for every-day feeding in your home, but the Passover holiday as well.  The following products do not combine any meat with dairy products and are chometz-free.


AND HOW AWESOME IS THIS?!? -

***Evanger's even started doing "Doggie Seders" that have been featured on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (Watch The Clip) and The Colbert Report (Watch Clip Here)! ***



Some of you may be asking why does Evangers make foods that are Kosher for Passover.  That's a great question, and here's the story:

 A few years ago during Passover, our owner, Holly Sher, observed her neighbor feeding her pet in the garage.  

Holly asked, "Why are you feeding your dog in the garage?"  

To which the neighbor replied: "I can't bring his food into the house because of Passover, so we feed him in the garage during the holiday."  

Holly went home and thought, "well, I own a dog food company, I am going to make food for my neighbor so she can feed her dog in the house."

 The idea Holly had to help her neighbor turned out to help pet parents all over the globe.  

Check out a list of out Kosher Products Here!





Friday, March 25, 2016

Cats Shouldn't Eat Vegetarian Diets, But...



For those of you who have questions, 

Thank you for reaching out to our team, as your feedback is very important to us.

For over 80 years, the Evanger's family tradition of sourcing and creating foods that focus solely on premium nutrition remains both our unwavering mission and our personal passion for nutrition, education and quality.  The entire line of Evanger's foods promote and include high meat content, including a full range of meat-focused, yet grain and gluten free, canned diets for cats.

In the US alone, 50% of our pet population is overweight.  Just like in humans, when a pet is carrying around excess weight, this can lead to many other health issues, many of which are preventable.

Diet matters.

We have an on-staff nutritionist to help direct our efforts, and we want to clarify our email communications.

Cats are obligate carnivores, so our Vegetarian canned food has never been intended to be any pet's only food source, especially cats.

Our nutrionist typically only recommends Vegetarian for older cats that might not have ready access to natural grass as a digestive aid. In addition, the additional fiber appeals to some cats, as this supplemental vegetarian food can either be fed separately or mixed into food.

Animal proteins are number one for cats  Some Veterinarians recommend more plant fiber in some cases for cats, as this is a very nutrient dense way to comply with this directive. Canned foods, in general, mean plenty of moisture is present, which helps make them more effective.

Even though its use is very limited for cats, Evanger's Vegetarian added the "daily recommended vitamins and minerals for cats in all life stages," based on compliance requirements.

Again, we thank you for your questions and your continued partnership.  We welcome any opportunity to serve you and offer your pet the best nutrition from the best sourced USA ingredients on the market today.

Sincerely, 
            The Evangers Team


Friday, March 11, 2016

Senior Beagle Loves Evangers Chicken Dog Food

This morning we got a note from Hedy who has a special brood at home.  She has 10 dogs, and one, Nina the Beagle, who needs to be hand-fed through a syringe, and a pot belly pig!  Check out this incredible Evanger's Review and testimonial.  Thank you for sending us this note, Hedy, and we are so happy our foods are helping feed your senior dog:


Nina the Senior Beagle eats Evangers Cooked Chicken

I want you to know I LOVE your food for my 17+ yrs old beagle, Nina.  I have to syringe fed her when she doesn't eat by herself, and your food is what I feed her.  She doesn't fight me and the cost I can afford!  I have 10 dogs and a pot belly pig. I am thrilled that an employee of Pets Supplies Plus in Clearwater, Florida showed me your Evangers food!!   I mix a tablespoon of 100% pumpkin in the Evangers Cooked Chicken it to help her digest and poop.  She is on 3 heart meds and a Joint mixture that is also awesome.  The combo of all three has been like a miracle.  Some evenings Nina eats it right from can, and that is the best, because it shows she is still able to eat that way.

Hedy makes a mix of Evangers Cooked Chicken, Pumpkin, and Joint supplements for her super senior beagle
Hedy rescues a lot of pets in need.  Here’s Onyx the Pot Belly Pig.  He was abused and is blind in left eye, but has been enjoying life in a loving household since 2003 with his adopted pot belly pig family members.  

Onyx the Pot Belly Pig

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Evanger's Tip: Leash Up For National Walking The Dog Day!

While dog owners know we should walk our dogs every day, this exercise ritual truly grabs the spotlight every February 22 on National Walking the Dog Day. The great thing about this celebration is that you can participate almost anywhere! All you need to do is put on proper walking attire for your weather, leash your dog, and grab a bottle of water, natural USA Made treats, plastic bags for poop patrol and your cell phone.

Celebrate National Walk the Dog Day with a brisk walk
and of course some delicious treats like Evanger's
USA Made Nothing Buy Natural jerky treats!


Here are five great reasons to make National Walking the Dog Day an everyday celebration!

1) Dog walking is an excellent training tool that can reinforce the bond between you and your dog. Be sure that you control the walk, as this will help establish you as the alpha dog in the pecking order of your relationship.

2) Dogs need an outlet for releasing their huge amounts of energy. When he builds up too much energy, it often results in separation anxiety or destructive behavior. Taking your dog for a 20-30 minute walk daily boosts his mental and physical health while helping to spend their energy in a productive way. 

3) Walking your dog fulfills his natural instincts to roam and explore by providing mental and physical stimulation. Exploring exposes him to a variety of sights, smells and sounds that will also provide him with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

4) Dogs are social animals. It’s believed that humans were able to domesticate them because of that social nature. That’s why it’s so important that your pet be properly socialized. Taking your dog for walks will help him learn how to interact with other dogs and people in your neighborhood.

5) Walking will help keep your dog happy and healthy for longer–all while enforcing healthier habits in your own life! After all, what’s better than exercising for 20-30 minutes with your best friend!



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Evanger's Health Watch: National Pet Dental Health Month

If your dog’s or cat’s breath isn’t fresh as a daisy, it’s nothing to ignore. That odor may indicate a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's gums and teeth but internal organs as well.

Vitamins help support tooth and gum health, when combined
with regular brushings. Fresh ingredients from fresh meats
and produce will be better absorbed by your pet's body!


To address the importance of oral health care for pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month each February. And that’s something to smile about since it draws attention to the dangers of periodontal disease.

According to the AVMA, "more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue. This condition is called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the final stage in a process that begins with the development of plaque on your pet's teeth."

The Signs
Beyond, gums and teeth, periodontal disease impacts your pet’s overall health. Among the signs of potential periodontal disease are discolored teeth, bad breath and swollen gums that may bleed easily. Late-stage periodontal disease can cause such permanent damage as loose teeth and tooth loss.

The Causes
Periodontal disease begins when plaque–a mixture of bacteria and food debris–builds up on tooth surfaces and works its way beneath the gum line. The bacteria releases toxins causing an inflammatory reaction that potentially leads to destruction of bone and tissue anchoring the teeth in place. If and when bacteria enter the blood stream, it can impact your pet’s liver, heart and kidneys.

Common & Serious
Periodontal disease in dogs and cats is not only serious, but it's also much more common than most pet owners realize. Again, the AVMA reports that "more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue.” So, it's easy to understand why periodontal disease is the most frequently diagnosed pet health problem.

Prevention
Don’t simply rely on your veterinarian to prevent periodontal disease by keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy. It’s your job as well. While nothing replaces regular veterinarian visits for cleaning and checkups, ongoing follow-up oral care at home is just as important for controlling the formation of tartar and plaque that will negatively impact your pet’s pearly whites.

Nutrition also plays a vital role in keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. Studies have shown that vitamin deficiencies can lead to periodontal disease in pets. Choose a diet rich in bio-available vitamins and nutrients, such as a canned pet food made with fresh, USA grown ingredients.