Eco-conscious pet owners will find a lot to love at Bark!, a chain of local pet stores. The store’s web site says it aims to partner “with you, your pet, and the planet to enrich the human and animal bond by providing products that are healthy, ecologically sustainable, and socially responsible.”
All of the dog foods and treats Bark! sells are natural and organic. Pet owners seeking to provide their pet a raw or vegetarian diet will be able to find a variety of options. Bark!’s dog food selection includes dry, canned, dehydrated, raw frozen, and freeze-dried. The store also features a large selection of eco-friendly toys, nourishing supplements and green cleaning products.
Bark! sells a variety of foods for cats and other small animals as well. They screen all of the cat food they sell to ensure high levels of quality meat, low levels of carbohydrates and no wheat, corn or soy. Its cat foods contain no animal by-products, artificial coloring, flavors, or preservatives. Cat owners can also purchase treats, interactive toys, scratching posts, organic catnip, eco-friendly collars, natural grooming products, odor-absorbing biodegradable litters, litter boxes and scoops.
Bark! cites Honest Kitchen as one of its primary providers for dog and cat food. The company manufactures dehydrated foods.
According to Bark!’s web site, “Like raw and home cooked diets, Honest Kitchen’s recipes are made from real, whole food ingredients, offering a very fresh, minimally processed pet food option. They are healthy, nutritionally balanced meals that only require water to be added before serving.”
Bark! also offers cat and dog foods and treats from Fromm Family Foods, and touts the company’s products for offering a wide selection. “Each recipe is formulated for all life stages and is suitable for puppies, adults, and senior dogs. Because each recipe has a similar blend of fresh fruits, vegetables, brown rice, and potatoes it is encouraged to switch between each variety monthly, weekly, or even daily.”
Bark! does not sell pets. The chain is cited by the Human Society of the United States as a “Puppy Friendly Pet Store,” which aims to take a stand against puppy mills and help decrease the number of homeless pets. Additionally, Bark! tries to help animals find homes by regularly working with shelters and rescue organizations to host adoption events.
Bark! employees interact with customers by offering nutritional advice on pet foods. The store also frequently hosts product demos for pet owners interested in testing out new brands.
Bark!’s Gaithersburg location is in the Kentlands Square shopping center, at 235 Kentlands Blvd.. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Pet owners are welcome to bring their pets into the store.
The store’s Gaithersburg location also offers free delivery services for customers in the Kentlands and Lakelands neighborhoods. For more information, contact the Kentlands Bark! store at 301-527-8833 or visit the chain’s web site at http://barknatural.com/.