Grateful & Giving Back Results

The results are in, and you helped us donate over 5,600 pounds of pet food!

3,531 people and 1,043 pets stopped at our stores on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 6-8 pm and Friday, Nov. 23 from 8-10 am. One pound of pet food was donated for each person and two pounds were donated for each pet.

Our lucky recipients are:

Colorado: Pets of the Homeless

Kansas: Beauties & Beasts 11th Hour Rescue

Minnesota/Wisconsin: Second Harvest Heartland

Thank you for helping us give back.

Pet Photos with Santa

Vizsla, a Chuck & Don's customer

Join us in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin for pet photos with Santa.

Cost varies, so call your store for details.


Aurora, CO
Dec. 1 / Sat. 11am-3pm
Dec. 2 / Sun. 10am-4pm
Dec. 8 / Sat. 10am-4pm
Dec. 9 / Sun. 10am-1pm
Dec. 16 / Sun. 11am-2pm

Castle Rock, CO
Nov. 30 / Fri. 6:30-8pm

Littleton, CO
Dec. 2 / Sun. 12-4pm


$10 donation benefits Lifetime Animal Placement and Protection (LAPP). Call the stores for more info.

Derby, KS
Dec. 8 / Sat. 11am-4pm

Wichita-East (21st & Greenwich), KS
Dec. 1 / Sat. 11am-4pm

Wichita-West (13th & Maize Rd), KS
Dec. 1 / Sat. 11am-4pm


Bloomington, MN
Dec. 2 / Sun. 11am-1pm

Cottage Grove, MN
Dec. 8 / Sat. 11am-3pm

Eagan, MN
Nov. 24 / Sat. 11am-1pm

Elk River, MN
Dec. 1 / Sat. 12-3pm

Rosemount, MN
Dec. 16 / Sat. 12-2pm

St. Paul-Highland Park, MN
Dec. 13 / Thu 4-7pm

West St. Paul, MN
Dec. 15 / Sat. 12-3pm


Hudson, WI
Dec 1 / Sat. 11am-2pm

Grateful & Giving Back

This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for the healthy, happy pets in our life.  To help pets in need stay healthy and happy, we’re donating pet food to some great organizations.

Just visit any Chuck & Don’s location and we’ll donate one pound of pet food for every person and two pounds for every pet. No purchase necessary, just tell a team member, “Count me in!” to trigger the donation.

November 21 from 6-8 pm

November 23 from 8-10 am


Donations go to:


Pets of the Homeless


Beauties & Beasts 11th Hour Rescue


Second Harvest Heartland

Nutrisca Dog Food Recall

Chuck & Don’s is aware that Nutrisca has initiated a voluntary pet-product recall.

This recall affects Nutrisca’s chicken and chickpea dry dog food due to it containing elevated levels of vitamin D. Bags affected have a Best By Date code of February 25, 2020 through September 13, 2020.

We’re taking steps to remove and ensure that the specific products identified in this recall is NOT available in our stores. We’ll be sending out an email to those customers — who have their email listed with us — who may have purchased the affected Nutrisca product.


Please feel free to contact any of our stores to discuss this recall further.

Lending a Paw 2018

Join us as we raise funds for local animal groups during our annual Paw Print Fundraiser.

From Nov. 16-Dec. 31, 2018, donate any amount or round up your purchase. Your entire donation goes directly to these amazing organizations:


Freedom Service Dogs

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Freedom Service Dogs of America unleashes the potential of dogs by transforming them into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need. Clients include children, veterans and active-duty military, and other adults. Their disabilities include autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Since being founded in 1987, Freedom Service Dogs has paired hundreds of client-dog teams—using dogs primarily sourced from shelters and rescues—at no cost to the client.

With more than 100 clients on the wait list at any given time, Freedom Service Dogs (FSD) is determined to increase the number of service dogs that graduate from their training program so that they can impact more clients, more quickly—all while continuing to provide assistance dogs to those clients free of charge.


Midwest Battle BuddiesMidwest Battle Buddies Logo
Midwest Battle Buddies is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing service dogs and their training to veterans in need. Service dogs and training can potentially cost $18,000 or more, but through their work with local rescues, the Kansas Humane Society, breeders and donors, Midwest Battle Buddies significantly lowers the cost.  The group also works with the VA and veterans center in the Wichita community.

The receiving veteran is only responsible for a $20 application fee. However, these veterans gain freedom and quality of life through the generous support of donors and sponsors. The donations will be used for training, feeding, veterinarian care, and housing for the dogs to insure they’re completely ready to be paired with a deserving veteran.


Heading Home K9 RescueHeading Home K9 Rescue Logo

Heading Home K9 Rescue, a foster-based rescue, started in the spring of 2011 to assist in the rescue and placement of homeless dogs. The group has a soft spot for the dogs that others are most likely to pass over: puppy mills survivors; seniors; big, black mixed breeds; heart worm positive dogs; and animals who have been injured. Heading Home K9 Rescue is 100 percent volunteer-based and does not have paid staff or board members.

Heading Home K9 Rescue takes in many heart worm positive dogs. These dogs are highly adoptable, but treatment lasts months and is expensive. The rescue is dedicated to their treatment and finding them forever homes once healthy.

The group hosts nail trim clinics at our Bloomington, Minn. location, as well as adoption events at various locations. Proceeds from the nail trims go directly to help the dogs they rescue.

Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MN SNAP)MN SNAP logo

MN SNAP’s ongoing challenge is the price of veterinary pharmaceuticals. In the past year, they’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars in un-budgeted expenses due to an opioid shortage, a shortage that’s expected to last until at least April 2019. email hidden; JavaScript is required about the nationwide crisis.

Unlike other veterinary clinics, MN SNAP uses these drugs in high volume, as they anesthetize nearly every patient who walks through their doors. Due to the scarcity of these less expensive, more reliable drugs — like hydromorphone and morphine — they’ve had to create anesthetic protocols that cost twice as much per cat and three to four times as much per dog as compared to traditional, opioid-based cocktails. In addition, the cost of veterinary supplies is growing for everything from eye lubricant to IV fluids.

Support from Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies and Chuck and Don’s customers this holiday season will help MN SNAP protect pricing for low-income families, shelters and nonprofit rescue organizations, while ensuring that the 16,500 pets they spay and neuter every year don’t contribute to Minnesota’s pet overpopulation problem.

Ruff Start RescueRuff Start Rescue Logo

Ruff Start Rescue is a foster-based animal welfare organization dedicated to saving the lives of at-risk animals. Ruff Start Rescue also collaborates, communicates and educates about the importance of animal rescue and welfare.

Since its inception in 2010, the group has cared for over 8,900 animals. Along with the animal care program, the group offers a children’s education program that is designed to stir a passion in youth to become the next generation of animal advocates. It’s also committed to addressing community needs and sharing resources by offering spay/neuter funding for community owned and feral/barn cats.

From January through August 2018, Ruff Start Rescue already spent over $226,000 on 1,226 animals. Costs are projected to reach $300,000 for veterinary expenses, supplies, equipment, and insurance by the end of this year. Donations will directly support these animal care expenses. With the amazing support of Chuck & Dons’ customers and staff throughout Minnesota they can continue to give so many helpless animals a second chance to live healthy and happy lives. Together we will create lasting change for animals in need.


Farm, Feral & StrayFarm, Feral & Stray Logo

The Farm, Feral & Stray mission is to humanely manage free-roaming cat populations. By implementing Trap-Neuter-Return public education programs and collaborating with other Wisconsin area animal welfare organizations, the ultimate goal is to create zero population growth.​ Farm, Feral & Stray has foster cats at several Chuck & Don’s locations when they find cats that are already friendly or are young enough to socialize.

Farm, Feral & Stray also runs a barn cat program. The cats are semi-feral or feral and are provided at no cost, though donations are appreciated. These cats make perfect residents for farms, stables and other locations with shelter options. The cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear tipped. The adopter is responsible for food, water, suitable shelter and long term veterinary care.

Paws First Rescuepaws first rescue

Paws First Rescue is a charitable organization dedicated to the welfare of homeless dogs. All dogs adopted from PFR are spayed/neutered before adoption. Each dog lives in a foster home the entire duration of their stay in rescue. Most dogs stay in foster care for 1-3 months. Before being placed for adoption, each dog is spayed or neutered, vaccinated and receives any other needed tests or medical care. This care can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per dog.

Beyond medical care, dogs in foster care have expenses such as food, toys, treats, bedding, collars and harnesses. The dogs are loved as family members by their foster homes. They work on skills such as crate or house training, leash walking and more. Your donations go directly to the care and comfort of the dogs while they are waiting to find their forever families.

Catnip Innovation and Meowijuana

Meowijuana believes that playtime for cats should be anything but boring.

As a new kind of catnip company, Meowijuana is bringing passion and innovation to playtime. Everything from the products sold to the humorous brand itself stimulates the senses of cats and cat parents. Most importantly, Meowijuana comes with a hearty helping of quality and fun.

The Ideal Blend

meowijuana-catnip-blendOnly 70 percent of adult cats are effected by catnip. By creating a catnip blend with Valerian root or silver vine, Meowijuana’s catnip blends create a spectrum of natural euphoria for the majority of cats.

Valerian roots is a perennial plant native to Europe. It produces a natural acidic chemical that strengthens its odors. This chemical also can help in mood regulation (i.e., anxiety) and other social or behavioral functions.

Silver vine is a nontoxic herbal plant found in the mountains of Japan and China. As the most popular cat treat in Asia, it offers an extremely euphoric, non-addictive experience for cats.

Catnip is closely related to mint and contains Nepatalactone. This essential oil is found in the leaves, stems and buds and can cause a euphoric sensation in cats when inhaled.

Hand-Trimmed Catnip

meowijuana-catnip-budsHand-trimmed catnip provides longer potency and stronger cat attraction.

The flower tops, or buds, of a catnip plant contain higher amounts Nepetalactone. Nepatalacton is the natural chemical in catnip that makes cats love it.

When giving catnip buds to your cat, Meowijuana recommends crushing a flower piece between your fingers and giving it to your cat after removing the stems. This releases the essential oil trapped and will release a positive experience for your cat.

MeowyJ’s for Cats

Relax, this isn’t what you think. Each single-serve catnip session delivers a perfect moment of delight. Simply break in half, sprinkle the catnip around and watch your cat enjoy.

Catnip and Kittens

meowijuana-meowyjsCats under the age of one may not respond to catnip. Even after they reach that milestone, only 70 percent of cats respond to traditional catnip.

If your cat doesn’t respond, try blends that include catnip, silver vine or valerian root.

How Often to Give Catnip

Meowijuana recommends giving catnip every other day to cats. After a few minutes, the effectiveness wears off and your cat will need to be away from it for awhile to experience a reaction again.

Where to Find Meowijuana

Find Meowijuana at any Chuck & Don’s location.

Meowijuana Disclaimer: The products shown and mentioned are 100 percent Organic Catnip – not marijuana! Catnip is 100 percent safe for cats. Please DO NOT give your cats actual marijuana.

2018 Gift Guide for Four-Legged Friends


Your perfect gift awaits.

Whether you’re spoiling your own four-legged friend or you’re bringing a gift for a furry loved one, this 2018 gift guide makes shopping easy.

Match your animal with their personality, and you’ll find the ultimate gift.

Born to Play

The ears perk up, the wiggles start. It’s playtime. From classic toys to new, funky friends, you’ll find a toy to match the spunk, intensity, shape and preferences of your furry friend.


Fluff & Tuff Holiday Bear


Meowijuana Catnip

Holiday Kittles for Cats


Mad Cat Tabby Taco


Mad Cat Lumpurr Jack

Classic Kong

Lives for More Treats

If you have treats, you have the heart of your furry friend. Training, relaxing, adventuring and bonding are all better with a tasty snack. This collection of treats adds variety, humor and taste to everyday experience.


The Granville Treatery Tuna Flakes for Cats


Bocce’s Bakery Lumps of Coal


Puppy Cake Holiday Cookie Mix

The Style Icon

You know this pet. As soon as the camera comes out, they’re posing and wagging. Always adorned with the newest style, this is who you go to for fashion advice.


Huxley & Kent Bow Tie


Canada Pooch Camo Vest



Canada Pooch Cozy Caribou Hoodie


Huxley & Kent Plaid Flower

The Homebody

This pet loves the comforts of home. From cozy beds and blankets to a familiar water bowl, it’s the simple things in life that make it beautiful. And a fresh smelling house never hurt anyone.


Tall Tails Plaid Blanket


Tall Tails Classic Blanket

Tall Tails Bed

Reversible Tall Tails Bolster Bed


Platinum Pets Dog and Cat Bowls


Pet Odor Eliminator Candle

Whatever your animal’s personality, there’s a toy, treat, accessory or item for them at Chuck & Don’s. Your preferences are our top priority, and we’ll find the perfect gift for your loved one.

Stella & Chewy's Kibble Difference

raw-coated-stella-and-chewysStella & Chewy’s focuses on making raw nutrition more available and convenient for pet parents.

With new raw coated kibble, Stella & Chewy’s is providing best-in-class solutions for pet parents looking for simple, less processed and highly palatable kibble.

The Kibble Difference

The Stella & Chewy’s kibble difference happens in three steps.

  1. Find the good stuff for every batch of kibble. 65 to 70 percent of every Stella & Chewy’s recipe is grass-fed red meats, cage-free poultry or wild-caught fish. Then, organic fruits and vegetables are added for vitamins and nutrients. Each recipe is potato, grain and gluten-free.
  2. Gently oven bake the kibble. By baking at a lower temperature, the food keeps more of its vital nutrients.
  3. Add the raw nutrition. Freeze-dried raw, also made with the finest ingredients, coats the entire kibble batch. So, your dog will find rich ingredients and raw goodness in every bite.

Ongoing Benefits

The protein-rich baked kibble is 65 percent pure animal ingredients and natural oils. It’s rich in omega fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat. And, added probiotics aid in optimal digestion.

By baking at 200 degrees, the baked food retains nearly all of its nutritional value, including the micro-nutrients, phyto-nutrients and antioxidants in food.

According to Stella & Chewy’s, these recipes also help dogs achieve an ideal weight, healthy hips and joins, amazing skin and coat and immune support.

Two Types of Kibble + Raw

Raw Coated is baked kibble coated in nutritious freeze-dried raw. Each bag delivers about 2 percent raw.

Raw Blend is baked kibble coated in nutritious freeze-dried raw and then Meal Mixers are blended in. Each bag delivers about 7 percent raw.

Beyond the Food

Stella & Chewy’s passion for animals goes beyond the food. Stella and Chewy were both adopted as adult dogs. When you buy a bag of Stella & Chewy’s food, a meal is donated to the Journey Home Fund. Stella & Chewy’s donates up to 250,000 meals each year to adult dogs waiting for adoption.

Try Stella & Chewy’s

Find Stella & Chewy’s at any Chuck & Don’s location. You can also find select Stella & Chewy’s foods and treats at

With stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Kansas, we are devoted to helping more pet parents every year.

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Arvada Grand Opening Paw-ty Nov. 17-18

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Join the paw-ty Nov. 17-18 at our newest Colorado store. Enjoy special Paw-ty Savings.


  • Free Doggie Trail Mix bar and Cat Cuisine bar
  • Adoption meet & greet and Yappy Hour (Saturday only)
  • Round up for Rescue fundraiser (round up your purchase to help homeless animals)
  • Special treats for people and pets
  • Register to win a gift basket and a year of free pet food*
  • Free pet caricatures Saturday, 9:30am-1:30pm

See the store, meet the team and celebrate our newest Colorado Chuck & Don’s. Pets welcome.

All events are while supplies last. Chuck & Don’s reserves the right to change the events without notice.

*Winner will be chosen by random drawing on 11/19/2018. No purchase necessary. Winner will receive one bag of dog or cat food of their choice (in-stock items only) per month for 12 months.

Skijoring and the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Skijoring is dog powered skiing! Bold athletes harness their dogs’ energy to propel them through the snow.  Whether you’re a spectator or participant, skijoring adds excitement to winter.

Chuck & Don’s is proud to sponsor the Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet at the City of Lakes Loppet Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2019. The Loppet is an urban cross-country ski festival that also features skiing, speedskating, the Luminary Loppet and fat tire bike racing.

There are multiple ways to experience skijoring. The ultimate spectator event, skijoring races and sprints take place three days during the festival.  See schedule below.

If you’re interested in participating, there are several learning opportunities before race weekend.

How can I watch?

City of Lakes Loppet: Thursday, Jan. 31-Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

Locations vary. See schedule here.

I want to skijor!

1. Sign up for a event

If you’re already skijor with your dog, find a City of Lakes Loppet event that’s right for you.

2. Attend Skijoring 101 with your dog

  • Learn about skijoring and try a harness on your dog at a Skijoring 101 Clinic.
  • Nov. 10 / Sat. 9am-12pm
  • Fish Lake Regional Park
  • Note: Dogs should be friendly around others and must stay in their owner’s car the first 45 minutes of the program.

3. Introduction to Skijoring

Join Loppet Foundation and experienced Skijorer, Torrey Swanson, for an informative and inspiring presentation on the Introduction to Skijoring that will prepare you to be a great lead partner on your skijor team. Registration is required.

4. Practice with your dog

The On-Snow Clinics cover:

  • Getting your dog to pull
  • Training for starting, stopping, turning, passing
  • Skijoring in a group vs alone
  • Pointers for hill climbing, going downhill and racing
  • Q&A

Registration is required. Note: You must attend an Introduction to Skijoring class (above) before they can participate in an On-Snow Clinic

You’re ready for the On-Snow Clinic if you:

  • Ski downhill with some confidence
  • You skate ski
  • Your dog obeys basic commands

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