The Los Angeles-based company’s line of foods are currently available in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Southern California and Indianapolis markets through independent retail stores, veterinarians and ancillary services such as dog groomers, daycare, sitters and walkers. The company’s products, Engage, Enrich, Empower and Energize dog foods, are produced by Texas Farm Products of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Similar to how Toms Shoes donates a pair of shoes to a needy child for each pair purchased at retail, FreeHand donates a pound of dog food to a local rescue group or shelter of the reseller’s choice for each pound of FreeHand dog food purchased at retail. FreeHand screens the rescue groups and shelters before approving them, and consumers purchasing the products online can select from a list of pre-approved rescue groups and shelters for their donations.
The company does not plan to spend excessively on traditional marketing, according to managing director Tom Bagamane, but instead is generating buzz through social media and a membership group called the FreeHand Corps, which receives rewards, such as bandanas, t-shirts and dog products, for spreading the word about the brand.
Learn more at Lend A Free Hand.