Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Big Bad Woof
Washington, DC

The Big Bad Woof, a DC Benefit Corporation located in the Washington DC area sets a different standard for pet care and products. The Big Bad Woof specializes in organic, holistic, premium and raw diets for companion animals, provides a wide selection of supplements and alternative natural products for health and wellness. 

The Big Bad Woof always gives preference to locally produced, USA made, fair trade and minority-made  products to carry on our shelves.  We were told from day one that we could not run a business and make a profit based on theses standards.  Twelve years later we are proud to say we have set a standard for green sustainable business practices.

We believe in a strong commitment to the community. We partner with local farmers to purchase products from them that they would have otherwise been discarded -- this provides an income stream for both companies.  We host monthly  “Call to Action Days” that are focused on a range of issues -- social and environmental issues that are not necessarily related to pet ownership.  Co-Owner Pennye Jones-Napier states "We feel strongly that doing good helps increase bottom line profits….There should be a standard in being able to say that you can run a business well, give back to the community and make a profit."

The Big Bad Woof also partners with local rescues like The Washington Animal Rescue League, Alley Cat Rescue, and the Washington Humane Society.  We provide food for the Companion Animal Food bank for low income families.  This year we have also taken on the sponsership of feeding the feral cat community of St Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC.

Two years ago we started a local store-to-door delivery service.  This service is helping us compete with the big online retailers and provides an additional service to our customers.  We provide personalized service and our drivers routinely assist with unpacking orders for elderly and physically challenged customers.

Winning the Green America People & Planet Award will help us expand our Woof Clinics & Taking Action Days and to establish regular in-store events like Anesthesia-Free Dental Clinics, Acupuncture Treatments, to name a few.