NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wagster Treats, part of Homeward Bound of Marin's innovative employment training program, today announced that its "life-changing" dog treats will be offered at more than 60 Pet Food Express stores in California.
Pet Food Express is the first major retailer to sell the treats, which are baked on-site by students and graduates of the culinary job-training program. All proceeds from Wagster Treats sales will support shelter and job-training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin, which provides shelter for more than 1,300 homeless individuals and families. "We are thrilled to partner with a major retailer like Pet Food Express and especially grateful to Michael Levy, a founder of Pet Food Express who is a Marin resident, for his support," said Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director at Homeward Bound of Marin. "Pet Food Express is a socially-minded company with deep roots in Marin County and they have been extremely supportive of our business." Wagster Treats are baked in small batches in the state-licensed training kitchen in Novato, Calif. Not only are they healthy for dogs, they are also good for the community by employing Fresh Starts Culinary Academy graduates in all aspects of the business. Wagster Treats are vegan, healthy and natural dog biscuits made from human-grade ingredients with three chef-inspired recipes that are free of wheat, soy and corn. They have just six ingredients each in three flavors: Peanut Butter & Molasses, Apple & Toasted Almond, and Banana & Toasted Coconut. Wagster Treats made its debut in spring 2016 with sales at local farmers' markets. The treats continue to be available at farmers' markets in Marin County, independent grocers, and pet suppliers. Just in time for the holidays, Wagster Treats will be available at all 60 California Pet Food Express stores. To learn how Wagster is changing lives, watch the video at WagsterTreats.com or contact us for information on how to visit the facility at 415-382-3363 x306. About Homeward BoundHomeward Bound of Marin is the primary provider of shelter and residential services for homeless families and individuals in Marin County, Calif., serving approximately 1,300 people per year. Founded in 1974, the organization has evolved to operate 15 inter-related residential programs ranging from emergency shelter to long-term supportive housing. Services include counseling, job training and workshops in "life skills" like budgeting and credit repair. Residents have built a record of success facing an array of personal and economic challenges: in 2015-16, 84% of families served and 62% of adults completing our programs moved to stable housing. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161102/435526LOGO