When we were given the opportunity to review a set of Honest Pet Products cat toys, we jumped at the chance to learn more about this company that operates on three main principles: To be true to our PETS ~ To be true to our PLANET ~ To be true to our PEOPLE.
Founder Mary Wolff talks here on the blog about starting Honest Pet Products and her promise to make a difference. Then stay tuned as Sophie reviews the toys. And be sure to enter our giveaway for your own set of cat toys from Honest Pet Products!
Mary Wolff on Starting Honest Pet Products
While my life has been no “piece of cake,” I’ve always reminded myself that there are other people with bigger obstacles and struggles than me. So, when I truly wanted to start a business, it was with the main purpose of providing jobs to people who couldn’t work in mainstream jobs, whether that was the disabled, single parents or homebound. I forged ahead not exactly knowing how I would find those people in need. But I was committed to giving everything I had – financially, mentally, emotionally – to helping others and giving back to the world in my little way.
I was actually working on a different sewing project (not a pet toy) that I believed could be produced by others with some training and a sewing machine. While taking a break from my project to play a game of fetch with my two yorkies, I looked at the torn up drink coaster that I was throwing and the light bulb went on…that maybe durable fabric pet toys should be my company focus and product.
When I took my first fetch toy prototype to the small business assistance office in Green Bay, my business counselor put me in touch with a local organization that employed the developmentally disabled AND they did sewing products!
I went to meet them…and well, the rest is history. In retrospect, I know that the founding of Honest Pet Products, the materials I ended up finding, the disabled employees in Green Bay who make my products, and many other twists of fate have been the work of a power much bigger than me. A power that has kept me going through financial setbacks, immeasurable stress and a lack of belief in my capabilities. A power that gives me the faith that “it’ll all work out” if I keep my belief that Honest Pet Products provides safe, quality alternatives for our pets as well as work opportunities for people with special needs.
Sophie Reviews the Cat Toys
Hello, it’s Sophie! I was the lucky kitty who got to play with the Honest Pet Products cat toys so I could tell you all about them. But before the Human Lady Mama was ready to capture my play session, she had to lock them away because I could smell the catnip and started pawing at the box! And yes, I have been known to tear through packaging before. Anyway, when she finally let me at ‘em, I had a ball with the toys and I think your kitty will, too!
First, let me tell you that the Honest Pet Products cat toys are made with natural and eco-friendly materials. They use sustainable hemp fabrics, organic wool and organic catnip. They also make toys for dogs! We think it is great that their hemp dog and cat toys are made by adults with developmental disabilities in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Giving Back: Be sure to check out their site for individual toy products, as some purchases directly help impoverished women and their families in certain geographies. For example, with the Eco Catty Pillar, the wool components are handmade by rural Nepalese women, and $1.50 from every Eco Catty Pillar purchase goes directly to the Nepal families in need. For the Eco Pouncer, the toys are handcrafted by rural Mongolian women, and $2.00 of every Eco Pouncer purchase helps eliminate poverty and protect the snow leopards in Mongolia.
Mary at Honest Pet Products has been kind enough to allow us to give away a set of cat toys to one lucky reader!
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18+ years in age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at noon Pacific.
To enter the giveaway, leave a blog comment below and then click this link to enter!
CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway!
A Special Thank You from Momma Kat
We would like to give a special thank you to Honest Pet Products for donating a set of toys to Savannah’s Paw Tracks for the Momma Kat Hope Chest! Momma Kat still needs to find her forever home and Savannah is hard at work to make that happen. #mommakatssearch
Disclosure: I was provided with a free set of cat toys from Honest Pet Products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated here are my own. Three Chatty Cats only shares information we feel would be relevant to readers. Honest Pet Products is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
Does your cat have a favorite type of toy to play with?