SEATTLE — A new distribution partnership between Independent Pet Supply (IPS) and Austin and Kat will expand the pet supplement brand’s presence in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Both companies are employee-owned, founder-led and family-run.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with IPS,” said Kat Donatello, founder of Austin and Kat. “Having IPS’s brilliant and knowledgeable retailers to expand our footprint in our own backyard means that we can meet the needs of a new customer base and continue our mission of improving pet wellness.”

Austin and Kat offers small-batch supplements formulated with ethically sourced ingredients. The brand operates its own production facility in South Seattle, called The Makery™. All products are third-party tested to ensure purity.

The most recent innovation from Austin and Kat is its Blend #4 formula, which includes over 40% more cannabinoids, as well as CBDA, to support pet wellness, according to the company.

IPS recently opened a second distribution facility in Southern California, which will also support the distribution of Austin and Kat supplement products.

“Partnering with Austin and Kat aligns perfectly with our dedication to quality and first-class service,” said Mike Rouhizad, chief executive officer of IPS South. “Their commitment to handcrafted, scientifically-backed pet wellness products resonates with our promise to only deliver the best. We’re excited to work alongside the Austin and Kat team to grow the brand and continue serving the pet community with the same passion and discernment we’ve held for over 28 years.”

The partnership marks Austin and Kat’s third distribution partnership, building on its existing collaboration with Pet Food Experts and Southeast Pet.

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