The 2018 ‘List’ is no longer available. You can learn more or purchase the 2019 ‘List’ here: https://truthaboutpetfood.com/the-list/.
For the past five years, TruthaboutPetFood.com has published the fund raising document ‘The List’. This website and our official consumer advocacy website AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com is 100% supported by pet food consumers. ‘The List’ and Petsumer Report are how we continue to advocate for pet food safety.
What is The List?
The List is a ‘list’ of pet foods I personally would trust to feed my own pets. It’s not a long list, and it’s not a list of budget pet foods. It is a list of quality pet foods that ARE food (not feed) and from companies that I believe are in business to help pets.
How are pet foods chosen for The List?
Each year a long list of detailed questions are sent to each pet food company considered. The questions request details about quality of ingredients/supplements, country of origin of ingredients/supplements, manufacturing details, and more. Most often, there are numerous additional questions (via email and phone) addressed in order for me to have full trust in the pet food.
This year’s List added another significant step in The List process; pet food companies were required provide verification to quality of ingredients. Some sent additional verification to country of origin of ingredients, verification to meats being sourced from humanely raised animals, testing procedures and human food manufacturing. It is significant to state that this verification step is not an easy one to make. Quality pet food manufacturers work VERY hard searching out quality ingredient suppliers. Because of the work involved in finding good, reputable suppliers – manufacturers are very protective of those relationships and don’t easily release names and contact information. This is similar to protecting a favorite family recipe; you don’t give out the secret. But – all pet foods on The 2018 List provided verification – some provided a wealth of information. This 2018 List is the sixth List I have published – and by far it is my favorite because of the verification these pet food companies provided. Note: verification documents are not included in The List. Companies trusted me with their protected information and I will not betray their trust. Consumers can know that I examined every document provided.
No pet food company pays to be on The List. I accept no money from any pet food manufacturer. They are accepted on The List based on their quality.
If a pet food isn’t on the List does that mean there is a problem/concern with the pet food?
No. First, the List is just one opinion – my opinion. My opinion is not the end all opinion of pet food. I might disagree with a manufacturing practice or an ingredient – that someone else might not disagree with. Which pet food someone chooses is a personal opinion, the pet foods on The List are my personal opinion.
Next, I don’t know all of the pet foods out there. There are pet foods I am not familiar with and/or have not scrutinized.
And/or it could be a simple issue of miscommunication between myself and a pet food manufacturer (that is not on The List). Sometimes emails don’t go through (my email list of questions). I try to contact each company multiple times (with no response), but sometimes things happen.
If a pet food you trust is not on the 2018 List, that does not mean I consider the pet food a risk. Your trust of the food you provide your pet is the most important thing for you and your pet.
Why charge for The List?
My full time job is a pet food consumer advocate; I am 100% supported by consumers. This website and AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com would not exist without support from consumers. There would be no attending AAFCO meetings or trips to Washington DC to meet with FDA without the support from consumers. Products that TruthaboutPetFood.com produces (The List and Petsumer Report) is my only income and the only way this advocacy happens.
Why variable prices for The List?
The List is offered at various prices to allow for various levels of support from consumers; it is the same document no matter what price you purchase at.
Can I share the List?
No. I depend on the income from this document to continue the pet food advocacy work of TruthaboutPetFood.com and AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com. Please don’t share.
The 2018 List includes 10 cat foods, 19 dog foods. All brands – excluding one dog food – sell in the USA, 7 brands sell in Canada (one brand is exclusive to Canada). These pet foods can be purchased directly from the manufacturer and/or through your local independent pet food store (if your store doesn’t carry the brand, ask them to).
The majority of the pet foods are raw, cooked and/or dehydrated. There is one canned option, one kibble option.
These are NOT discount waste ingredient pet foods. If your budget is limited, you have the option of feeding a high quality pet food part time – example: three meals a week – and the remaining meals would be your less expensive option. Your pet consuming some real food is better than no real food.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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