5% of every purchase goes to a shelter or rescue of your choice.
Animals are our passion. Our pets are more than companions, they are part of our family. Helping animals in need is how we give back. (Pictured, our CEO Meredith with a senior pup while touring a local rescue).
in honor of our pups
When founders Meredith and Matt met nearly 20 years ago, they each came with a furry sidekick, making them a fast foursome from the start. Chloe and Samo were at their side for every adventure, living for the moment. Like all loving pets, the pups were there for them in good times and in sad times, offering comfort and slobbery kisses through it all.
Samo and Chloe have since passed, but their presence is strong. Some new pups have since joined the family bringing their own incredible personalities with them. Pickles, Karl, and Care-bear are now Chief Pet Officers for Shelter Helpers. While Meredith and Matt have always been happy providing their pets with love, affection, fun, toys, treats, food, vet care, scratches, and a comfy bed to lay on, they still truly believe they are the lucky ones in the equation.
After spending a successful career in food manufacturing, the husband-and-wife team wanted to start a business that not only allowed them to utilize their industry knowledge and expertise, but also give back to pets in need. After much back and forth, and a few sleepless nights, they decided the best way to help pets still looking for their forever homes, and to honor Samo and Chloe, was to start Shelter Helpers.
5% of every purchase will be donated to animal shelters around the country. Do you have a specific shelter or rescue you would like to donate to? Simply make a purchase and you choose where we make the donation for your purchase.
To learn more about our sourcing, please click the link below.
Frequently asked questions
What is a bully stick?
A bully stick is in fact beef pizzle, and a pizzle is a bull's penis. When dried, this makes for an incredibly healthy and digestible treat for dogs. Go figure.
Why bully sticks?
We decided to launch with bully sticks because they are, and always have been, our dogs’ favorite treats. In addition to being highly digestible and not giving them tummy trouble like raw hide can, these treats keep our dogs busy for long periods of time. It is truly a great treat for both dogs and their pet parents!
Will you have other products?
Yes, absolutely! We are a small, family run business, so we decided to start small and not bite off more than we could chew! Please be sure to sign up for Samo’s Savings Club for news about new product launches.
What size treat should I give my dog?
That is really up to you (and your dog!). Some of our smaller dogs actually really enjoy the bigger chews. Our smaller chews are great for a quick distraction, or for our small dogs and puppies who aren’t ready to take on a bigger chew. No matter which size you decide to purchase, be sure to read our label for feeding instructions and always supervise your pet while they enjoy their chew.
Are you sold at retail?
For wholesale inquiries, please visit the link at the bottom of our site, or reach out via the contact page. WE DO NOT PARTNER WITH RETAILERS THAT SELL LIVE ANIMALS.
How do I find out more about your sourcing?
Please visit our sourcing page. A link can be found at the bottom of our website in our footer menu, or by visiting our About page, and clicking the link for “Sourcing”.
Are you a non-profit?
No, we are a for-profit corporation. We are also a small, women-owned, family business built around a mission to help pets in need. While we are not a non-profit, helping pets in need by donating to animal shelters is central to everything we do. 10% of our our profit is donated to animal shelters.
How much of my purchase is donated to the shelters?
5% of each purchase is donated to the shelter or rescue of your choice. 100% of your donation makes it to the charity of your choosing, through our partner, the Shopping Gives Foundation.
Are there any other ways that I can help my favorite shelter?
Yes! You can nominate your favorite organization to be one of our feature shelters & rescues of the week. These organization will receive a 2x donation (10%) during the feature! Be sure to tell your local shelter about the program, and they can find out more by writing to email@example.com.