Sunny's Natural Pet Market offers high quality ingredients
After the pet food recall in 2007, Adam and Jeannie began reading the labels on their pet food. They also started to wonder where that food was being made and what ingredients were going into their dog’s food and treats.
“We got passionate about it and decided to open up a business that had high quality ingredients,” said Jeannie.
So in May 2011, Sunny’s Natural Pet Market began.
At the time, neither had experience working in the pet industry. Adam was in the printing field and Jeannie in the insurance industry.
“We’ve had dogs and it’s always been, other than work, our biggest hobby,” said Jeannie.
Since the Lockport based business started, the couple has been traveling around to local farmers markets. They are at the North Tonawanda City Market each week from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, along with markets in Wheatfield, Olcott and Lockport. They also participate in various community events throughout the year, selling their products.
People can also shop at their online store, where they can purchase a number of items. The store features toys, treats, food and other dog and cat supplies.
Jeannie said they research each company first, before agreeing to sell their products. They insure the company does not do any animal testing and does not use artificial preservatives.
Another requirement is being North American manufactured. Jeannie said all products have to be either USA or Canadian made.
“We’re really big ‘made in the USA’ people,” she said. “So that is a big part of our business. Making sure to support the U.S.”
Adam also makes his own homemade treats, with almost every ingredient in the cookies being a local New Your state organic product.
Jeannie said they enjoy taking their business to markets and events because it gives them an opportunity to talk with customers and learn more about what pets likes and dislikes are.
“We love dogs,” said Jeannie. “This gives us an opportunity to work on something we’re really interested in.”
Jeannie and Adam have three dogs of their own, Sunny, Lacie and Shaylee. Sunny, a miniature American Eskimo dog was the inspiration for the company and his picture is used as the business’s logo.
To shop online or find a list of locations for Sunny’s Natural Pet Market visit www.sunnysnaturalpetmarket.com.