Giving Back

At Dave’s Pet Food, we believe in giving back to those who are helping to make this world a better, safer place for pets and their people. Everyone deserves a happy, healthy life – and everybody needs help sometimes!

Of course, we have a special place in our heart for those groups that help animals that have been left to fend for themselves find forever homes. That’s why we make donations of Dave’s Pet Food to help feed the animals they’ve taken in. Additionally, our team enthusiastically participates in fundraising efforts for local charitable organizations like the United Way, Relay for Life, the Y and more.

Dave’s Soda and Pet City Putting for Paws’ golf tournament raises $12,422 to benefit Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center


Agawam, Mass.—Dave’s Soda and Pet City’s second annual Putting for Paws golf tournament held at the Ludlow Country Club in July to benefit local animal control and adoption center Thomas J. O’Connor proudly raised $12,422 to support the shelter’s mission in helping and caring for local animals in-need.

This year’s event brought members of Dave’s team together with valued pet food vendors, distributors, business partners and members of the community at-large for a day of fun on the course for a great cause

“What a wonderful community of vendors we have at Dave’s who know the importance of supporting such a great organization as TJ O’Connor,” said David Ratner, Dave’s Soda and Pet City owner.

The event’s success was made possible through golfer participation and the generosity of event sponsors Natural Balance (Top Dog), Blue Buffalo (Best of Breed), WellPet, Purina, Dowd Insurance Agencies, Champion Pet Foods, Goldsmith, Katz and Argenio PC Attorneys at Law, Weruva, Central Pet Distribution, Fish Mart Inc., Greenies, Nature’s Variety, Nutro, Pestell Pet Products, Pet Food Experts, and Phillips Pet Food & Supplies.

“The Foundation for TJO Animals provides critical medical care, supplies and training to the animals in shelter because of generous people like Dave, his customers, employees and vendors,” said Scott Renius, Foundation for TJO Animals Executive Director. “The Putting for Paws golf outing has become an important part of our annual funding and we sincerely want to thank everyone for helping the animals become adoptable and an important part of a family.”

Dave’s Soda and Pet City Raises More Than $8,600 Through Its Putting for Paws Golf Tournament

Raises Money for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

Agawam, Mass — September 16, 2015 —Dave’s Soda and Pet City announced that it has raised $8,620 to support Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center. The money was raised during the Dave’s Putting for Paws Golf Tournament, which was held in July at The Ledges Golf Course in South Hadley, MA.

In the past, Dave’s Soda and Pet City has put on this golf outing as a way for employees and vendors to have a day of fun and networking. This year Dave Ratner had the idea to open it up to the public and raise money. The Putting for Paws golf tournament attracted 100 people including Dave’s employees, vendors and public golfers. The event included a full day of golf, a BBQ dinner and an awards ceremony in the afternoon.

“We saw the opportunity to make a big difference through our event, and our vendors have been on board from the very beginning. We are all very excited to be able to invite the public to play golf with us and help such a great group,” said Ashley Mascroft Marketing Coordinator for Dave’s Soda & Pet City.

“The money donated to the Foundation for TJO Animals by Dave’s will greatly help in supporting the care and welfare of the many animals in need of medical attention, training, and daily care at the TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center. The funding will provide opportunities for the animals to become healthy adoptable pets and be placed in their forever homes. Thank you once again to Dave’s for their ongoing generous support of helping local animals in need!” said Scott Renius, Executive Director at the Foundation for TJO Animals which supports the animals at the TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center.

The day wouldn’t have been complete without the sponsors. Natural Balance was the event’s Top Dog Sponsor. Best of Show Sponsor was Petcurean; Best of Breed Sponsor was Merrick Pet Foods.


About Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

The Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center provides animal control services for the cities of Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke. Our animal control officers respond to routine service calls Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. Emergency response for ill, injured or aggressive animals is available 24 hours a day.


About The Foundation for TJO Animals

Dedicated to helping animals in the shelter a TJO receive the care and training they need to bring them to the adoption floor, and from there to their forever homes. The Foundation supports and enhances the medical services and programs of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center thought fundraising, special events and donor appeals.



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TJ O’Connor Adoption Center makes a change to Dave’s Pet Food

The Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center has made a change in the food it feeds its cats and dogs
to Dave’s Pet Food.

Executive Director, Pam Peebles said there were a number of factors prompting TJO to switch to a different food. “We were looking for a high quality food that we could feed consistently to the animals sheltered at TJO. Many come in struggling with malnutrition, intestinal parasites and other medical complications. Providing them with a steady, high quality diet is one of the first and most important steps we can take to get them on track to wellness. Staying local and communicating with a friendly business was important too.”  She reached out to Dave to talk about a solution and very quickly it became apparent that Dave’s Pet Food was a perfect match. “Dave’s made it affordable for us to achieve our goal of feeding a high quality, consistent diet to the animals that call TJO their temporary home. We are also quite pleased to buy from a friendly, local business that values customer service.”

Adopters will also receive a coupon for a free 4lb bag of Dave’s Brand Dry Dog or Cat food when they bring their new furry friend home.

Dave’s Pet Food is owned and operated by David Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City. As a pet supply retailer, Dave knew that there was a lot of great pet food on the market, and there was a lot of affordable pet food on the market, but there was not a lot of great, affordable food. That’s why Dave made the decision to start a private label pet food for his customers. The goal when the brand was started was simple- a really great food that is nutritious and delicious at a reasonable price. A world famous nutritionist created his first formula and the rest is history. The brand continues to grow. As of today, Dave’s Pet Food is sold in more than 2,000 independent pet stores all across the USA, as well as many online sites, including the Home shopping Network.

Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Pet City and Dave’s Pet Food, spreads holiday cheer to four local charities.

In the spirit of the season, Dave’s has donated a total of $4,000 to four local charities & Organizations:

The United Way, Toys for Tots, Community Music School and the children’s wing at Baystate Hospital.

Dave’s is dedicated to giving back and very proud to support these organizations that are so important to its communities, especially during the holiday season.





From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."

- Arthur Ashe