Oswestry business sells raw meat for dogs
A couple has started a new business in Oswestry with the aim of helping owners keep their pets healthy by feeding them raw meat.
Kelly and Paul Evans, started the raw animal feed business Duffy's Diner on the Maes Y Clawdd Industrial Estate earlier this year, after seeing the affects raw feed had on their dog.
Now the business has grown to have over 500 customers across Shropshire, Telford, North and Mid Wales, as more and more owners see the benefits of having their pets on a raw meat diet.
The couple have a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, called Duffy, and since putting the pet on raw feed, its behaviour has changed considerably.
Kelly admitted raw feeding animals is controversial and isn't everyone's choice for their pets, but said the health benefits are there for all to see.
She said: "When we had our dog, it was wild.
"We were feeding it Bakers biscuits, which were basically like Skittles for dogs, but when we started feeding her raw meat she calmed down.
"We then thought we would start this and sell to other people.
"It is controversial, people don't believe in it but I did research and different courses and found out what the best meats were for different animals.
"It has completely changed our dog's behaviour."
The venture began with one freezer in a shed, but now has grown to an industrial unit and a growing client base.
Another business, Shropshire Raw Feeds, was run by a friend of Paul and Kelly's and when they decided to stop selling raw feed, many of the clients switched to Duffy's Diner.
Kelly believes the growing demand is down to more people learning about the benefits.
She added: "More people are hearing what a difference it makes to animals behaviour.
"We even have vegans and vegetarians who come to use, and they know it is the best way to feed their pets."