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.

Colorado

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

Kansas

$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

Minnesota

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

Wisconsin

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:

Colorado

Pets of the Homeless

Kansas

Beauties & Beasts 11th Hour Rescue

Minnesota/Wisconsin

Second Harvest Heartland

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:

Colorado

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.

Kansas

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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.

Minnesota

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.

Wisconsin

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.

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.

Featuring:

  • 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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Hello Wichita!


The All Paws/Chuck & Don's East Wichita team

Minnesota-based company rebrands three stores acquired from All Paws Pet Center; stores introduce new name but will include the same team, more food options

Chuck & Don’s has completed its rebranding of the three Wichita-area All Paws Pet Center stores the company acquired in January 2018. The three stores officially opened as Chuck & Don’s locations. These are the first Chuck & Don’s stores in Kansas.

The new Chuck & Don’s stores are located at: 1444 N. Maize, Wichita; 2244 N. Greenwich Rd., Wichita; and 1821 E. Madison, Derby. The three Kansas stores bring the company’s growing footprint to 44 total stores. This includes 30 in Minnesota, 10 in Colorado and one in Wisconsin.

Why All Paws?

Chuck & Don’s COO/CFO Thomas Murphy said the Wichita market is a solid fit for the company’s expansion. He cited an admiration for All Paws Pet Center, given similar philosophies between the companies toward providing high-quality pet products, knowledgeable and caring staff as well as a strong history in forging partnerships with local pet rescue and adoption agencies.

“Wichita is a great pet town and we are thrilled for this opportunity to be a part of this community and continue to build on the great legacy established by All Paws Pet Center,” said Murphy. “Pet families of Wichita can continue to expect the same foods and products and the same friendly, knowledgeable team of employees who are passionate about helping pet families and their companions.”

As part of the acquisition, Chuck & Don’s retained all current All Paws Pet Center employees, including minority owners David and Pat Lebus. All Paws Pet Center company co-founder, Paul Baumann, became a Board Member of Chuck & Don’s.

About Chuck & Don’s

Chuck & Don’s offers brand name and specialty pet foods and supplies for dogs and cats. Each location welcomes customers and their leashed pets to experience outstanding customer service, knowledgeable, pet-loving staff and quality product offerings. The three Wichita-area locations also offer self-service pet wash tubs and dryers.

The company also hosts many in-store events, including puppy playtimes, educational presentations — such as nail trimming demonstrations — as well as pet donation days in partnership with local rescue organizations. Event calendar listings for each of the new stores will be posted online.

Additional Shopping Options

In addition to its brick-and-mortar stores, Chuck & Don’s continues to expand its in-store pickup and home delivery services. Information for these services is online at: www.chuckanddonsdelivers.com.

Second Plymouth Store Pet Photos


Photo by KME Photography

Summer smiles were in the air during our grand opening celebration at our second Plymouth, Minn. store (Highways 169&55) July 19-23.

KME Photography captured photos of pets and their families. Beyond smiling for the camera, attendees enjoyed doggy ice cream samples, treats (for pets and people), meeting adoptable pets and lots of sniffing and petting.

See all of KME’s photos from Saturday and KME’s Sunday photos.

Download free images or purchase prints through KME’s website.

Colorado Day 2018


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We’re celebrating all things Colorado from August 1-4, 2018.

Here’s a sneak peek at our plans for Colorado Day.

Support local rescues by purchasing a can of dog or cat food to donate. Each Colorado store is sending donations to a local rescue. As a thank you, each donor will be entered to win a special prize from Chuck & Don’s.

Enter to win a Colorado-themed gift basket and a gift basket filled with goodies from Chuck & Don’s.

Enjoy special treats for pets and people.

Shop and support Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). When you shop at any of our Colorado stores on August 1, 5 percent of all purchases will be donated to VOC to build, maintain and preserve Colorado’s most beloved and iconic locations.

Greenwood Village Grand Opening Paw-ty


Join us as we celebrate our newest Colorado store with a weekend of fun and savings. Register to win a gift basket.

Friday: Doggie Trail Mix Bar

Aug. 10, 5-7pm
Make your pooch a bag of trail mix.

Saturday: Tasting Party

Aug. 11, 12-4pm
Bring your dog to sample freeze-dried and dehydrated foods at our sample bar. It even includes bone broth.

Sunday: Fun Refreshments and Discounted Dog Washes

Aug. 12, 12-4pm
Get discounted dog washes, treats for pets and people, free pet photos from photographer Todd Englund and meet adoptable pets from PawsCo.

More About Our Greenwood Village Store

We joined forces with Pet Outfitters as its owners retired, and we’re proud to carry on their tradition of customer service, premium foods and a passion for animals.

With a self-serve dog wash, expanded shopping area and plenty of room for treats and toys, our Greenwood Village team is ready to find the best for your pets.

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

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