"Gnaw It Forward" (2021)

"Gnaw It Forward" (2021)

Donating to Rescue Shelters

At Nature Gnaws, we always want to help the underdog. That’s why we started the Gnaw It Forward Initiative in 2016.  This is where we donate our product to organizations that are helping foster, rescue and find new homes for dogs.  In 2021 we donated 9,600 boxes of our natural dog chews to rescue shelters across the United States! We are so thankful to the organizations and people who make this possible, and we are really happy that we can provide natural chews to these pups who are waiting for their furever home.

“We know there have been ups and downs for everyone over the past few years, and we particularly know that rescue shelters are working harder than ever to take in surrendered, abandoned dogs, or dogs off the street, and doing really anything to keep these dogs from being put down.” says Steve Mamak, Co-Founder and CEO at Nature Gnaws. “We have been in close touch with our contacts and friends who run shelters and initiatives nationwide for rescues, and this is one way we can help.”  

Making a Difference in Rescue Shelters for Dogs in Need 

Jay Mokbel, Co-founder and COO of Nature Gnaws said “We donated to over 29 shelters and initiatives locally and nationwide over the last year.  It’s certainly hard to see dogs in shelters but we are happy that we have a product that can help these dogs gnaw and chew to relieve anxiety or provide entertainment and mental stimulation. We know shelter workers are working extra hard these days so if we can do anything to help relieve the situation, we are more than happy to be of service.” 

Compared to the pampered lives our household pets may live, many of these rescues and shelters do not have the means or funding to spend extra income on chews or treats and rely solely on donations. We are grateful to be able to have the resources to help, and we couldn’t do it without our loyal customers.

“There are about 3,943 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The phrases “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic terms; shelters using those names are not part of the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA.” Source Material: Facts About Animal Sheltering.

Rescues We Have Worked with this Year Include:

- Humane Society of Broward County - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Abandoned Pet Rescue - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Big Dog Ranch Rescue - Loxahatchee, FL

Florida Humane Society - Pompano Beach, FL

H.A.L.O Rescue - Sebastian, FL

Lockwood Animal Center - Frazier Park, CA

Keystone Human Services - Annville, PA

Other 2021 Gnaw It Forward Moments

Nature Gnaws also donated 149 meals to Feeding America | Feeding Florida for Thanksgiving in 2021.  We donated an assortment of toy trucks and cars, dolls, coloring books, activity books and plush toys etc. We brought smiles to over 100 children throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties through the Little Smiles organization. 

  • Deerfield Beach Cleanup in Honor of Earth Day 2021
  • We hit the beach on Earth Day and cleaned up our beloved local Deerfield Beach, Florida.
  • “It’s important to us to be involved in our community as much as possible. We have over 80 employees who we consider family.  We are working hard and I want everyone to be able to enjoy the beach on the weekend!”

 About Nature Gnaws

Nature Gnaws in 2016 with a vision to provide natural products for their pets.  Since then, they have grown to over 80 employees and are selling Nature Gnaws on major sales channels such as, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Costco, Petco, and their own website NatureGnaws.com


Link to Source Material: 


Animal Shelter Statistics - Pet Lifesaving By The Numbers!! (worldanimalfoundation.org)

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