SAN DIEGO — The Honest Kitchen announced June 7 that it had earned certification from the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) for three of its human-grade dog food products and one dog treat product.

According to The Honest Kitchen, 92% of all pet parents have expressed interest in learning more about the sourcing of pet food ingredients and animal welfare. As a core mission of its business, The Honest Kitchen strives to formulate its pet foods with responsibly sourced ingredients, creating more sustainable pet food products and aiding in the advancement of animal welfare.

"In recent years, there has been a huge leap forward in terms of animal welfare-minded pet products. We know that people who care about their pets care about animals overall," said Diane McDade, business development manager for GAP. "Just as there are so many choices in what we feed the human members of our family, companies like The Honest Kitchen are giving similar options to pet owners for what we feed our four-legged family members, and we are thrilled to partner with them to support farms that are committed to animal welfare."

The Honest Kitchen has received GAP certification for three dog food formulas —  Dehydrated Grain Free Chicken, Dehydrated Whole Grain Chicken and Dehydrated Limited Ingredient Chicken —  as well as its Chicken and Cranberry Parmesan Pecks dog treats.

The chicken used in the recipes is sourced from GAP-certified farms and also follows The Honest Kitchen’s participation in the ASPCA’s Better Chicken Commitment, which the company joined in April 2021.

"The compassionate treatment of farm animals has always been incredibly important to us at The Honest Kitchen," said Lucy Postins, founder and chief integrity officer of The Honest Kitchen. "We believe we can do more to further formalize and cement our commitment to chicken welfare, which first began with the transition to free range chicken in our dehydrated diets, over a decade ago. That's why we're committing to source only from farmers that have earned GAP Animal Welfare Certification, for all our chicken-based dehydrated recipes for dogs and Parmesan Pecks."

GAP’s animal welfare certification standards are developed using species-specific research in agricultural science. Third-party certifiers audit every GAP-certified farm every 15 months to ensure continued GAP compliance.

The Honest Kitchen’s newly GAP-certified dog foods and treats are available via Amazon and Chewy, as well as at more than 6,000 retailers, including Petco, Pet Supplies Plus and others.

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