Rescue Treats, a three-year-old Jersey City-based nonprofit, gives back to dog rescues around the world in the form of all-natural dog treats. Founder, Arron Jones-Williams, drew inspiration from his own life in foster care to help dogs in need today. Read on to learn more about Rescue Treats and its impact on the community.
Throw rescue treats
The nonprofit was launched in early 2019. Workers bake the all-natural dog treats at an employee-only bakery and distribution center in The Heights at 418 Baldwin Street, Jersey City. Although it is closed to the public, CEO Arron Jones-Williams said hoboken girl residents come and knock on the oversized windows to tour the facilities. And, not only that, but some dogs also came knocking on the door!
“Once I found the perfect spot, I had to have it,” Arron explained. “The location is so perfect that we actually use a cargo e-bike to haul our gear to Hoboken and through Jersey City for pop-ups.”
In addition to the bakery facility, Rescue Treats has also opened an office in Harlem, NY. Arron left his career in finance in 2020 to run Rescue Treats full time, while also volunteering for the Long Island Bulldog Rescue.
“I’m a former foster child, so I know all about finding a forever home. I have found my forever home and want to help fund rescues to help dogs find their forever home,” Arron said. HG. “I started this company to give back to dog rescues while creating the best treats on the market.”
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How Rescue Treats Works
All Rescue Treats orders can be made online. The treats have “no waste, no fillers, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients.” Flavors available at the moment include Banana & Sweet Potato, and Pumpkin & Peanut Butter. Another flavor will be added this fall.
At checkout, customers can select a dog rescue from nearly a dozen rescues the nonprofit works with. “That’s really where we shine as the only company to support rescues with every purchase,” Arron said.
Customers can make a one-time purchase of a large bag (50 treats) for $17.99 or subscribe and save for $16.99. The subscription and savings option is available on a bi-weekly plan, a monthly plan or a six-week plan.
The list of dog rescues is growing, but for now the list includes: Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Strong Paws Rescue, Rescue Pets Serving Vets, Badass Animal Rescue, Rescue Ridge Animal Shelter NJ, Happy Life Animal Rescue , Bichon Frize Rescue of Northern NJ, Northeast PA Pet Fund and Rescue, Halfway Home Animal Rescue and Friends With Paws Rescue. (Rescuers can sign up to join the donation program by emailing [email protected])
In April, Rescue Treats partnered with “Operation Mutual Aid For The Ukraine Firefighter” to send hundreds of bags of dog food to Ukraine in an effort to help dogs overseas. Locals and firefighters have been working on “Operation Paw” with Rescue Treats to package and label food so everything gets shipped as quickly as possible.
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“Charity has always been etched in my heart, and I even helped fund an agricultural school in Senegal in West Africa with my mentor,” Arron said.
Support Rescue Treats
Arron tells H.G. that Rescue Treats will be participating in more pop-ups around Jersey City and Hoboken in the future, so you should keep an eye out for Rescue Treats in the area. “We got so much love from everyone — nothing but love! We have the best followers ever,” Arron explained. “A dog walker [told me]”All my customers have your treats at home.”
The good news is that due to the overwhelming amount of feedback, Rescue Treats may be featured at a major retailer after expressing interest in dog treats. “We hope to be picked up by a few big retailers who believe in our vision,” Arron added.
For more updates, you can follow Rescue Treats on Instagram and Facebook.