Celebration Includes Haunting Hounds Howl’oween Costume Contest and the Natural Pawz for the Cauze donation drive to benefit homeless animals at BARC.

Join Natural Pawz, a one-of-a-kind pet health food store,
October 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as they celebrate the grand opening of their 7th and newest
location at 514 West 19th Street in Houston’s Heights. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by fido-friendly festivities that include BARC mobile adoptions, interactive doggie games, in-store give-a-ways, free pet treats, product sampling and more!

Additionally, the Haunting Hounds Howl’oween Costume Contest and a special donation drive, Natural Pawz for the Cauze, will raise money and supplies to benefit the animals at Houston’s city animal shelter BARC.

This new location is a collaboration between Natural Pawz and Heights Urban Dog, who are joining forces to provide healthy pet food options as well as unique products and supplies, to pet lovers living in and around the Heights area. After meeting through their mutual passion for pets, Natural Pawz and Heights Urban Dog saw an opportunity to bring their combined expertise and experience to consumers who are realizing the health benefits of great nutrition, and want their pet to live healthier, happier lives for years to come. “We are very excited to partner with Teresa Bues from Heights Urban Dog to bring Natural Pawz to the Heights,” said Biff Picone, co-owner of Natural Pawz. “Her extensive knowledge of pet nutrition and products, combined with her excellent reputation and focus on customer satisfaction, make her a natural fit for our business and a valuable resource for anyone concerned with the health of their four-legged friends. Additionally, as a long-time Heights resident, Teresa is active in the local animal community and will help further our goal of hosting events and fundraisers that directly benefit animals in the neighborhoods where we operate and live.” Natural Pawz is an avid supporter of animal welfare and non-profit organizations. Each location works closely with groups in their respective communities to host events and generate awareness of animal-related charities. Continuing in this tradition, Natural Pawz is using the grand opening of the new location to help the animals at BARC by collecting much-needed supplies and food, as well as monetary donations for the shelter’s volunteer group, Friends of BARC. Beginning in early October the group will launch Natural Pawz for the Cauze and will be accepting donations at each of their 7 locations, culminating with the presentation of the items at the grand opening event on the 16th. Additionally, BARC will be on site at the grand opening with their mobile adoption center, making it the perfect time to meet your newest four-legged family member. “We are dedicated to helping animals in need throughout the city,” said Nadine Joli-Coeur, co-owner of Natural Pawz. “Most Houston shelters are operating at, or above, capacity with limited resources. We hope to fill our 14-foot delivery truck with supplies and donations that will make life better for the dogs and cats at BARC, while also introducing some of the great adoptable animals looking for a forever home.”
You can help fill the Natural Pawz truck with goodies for the animals by bringing new and gently used items to the grand opening event or to a store near to you. Needed supplies include new or used towels or small blankets; newspapers; sturdy, washable dog toys; interactive and washable cat toys; natural rawhide chews; natural dog and cat treats; quality canned and dry cat and dog food; Advantage and Capstar flea and tick control; shampoos; and leashes and collars, to name a few. A complete list of supplies will be available at each Natural Pawz location along with a list of products available in each store that can be purchased and donated back to the Cauze. Looking for a chance to give your pup’s Halloween costume a spin? The Haunting Hounds Howl’oween Costume Contest is the perfect opportunity to let your pooch strut their stuff down the catwalk to compete for prizes and bragging rights at the dog park while helping other animals in need. The $5 entry fee will directly benefit Friends of BARC’s Trey’s Fund, which provides additional resources to care for the animals at BARC that need extra attention before being adopted. Celebrity judges will be on hand to choose the coolest costumed canines and crown the winners.

Natural Pawz, owned by husband and wife team Biff Picone and Nadine Joli-Coeur, began in 2005 as a result of one of their own pet’s terrible allergies. Natural Pawz has been recognized nationally and locally as a leading retailer in natural pet care products and was most recently named Houston’s #1 Pet Supplier in the 2010 Click2Houston’s Best Contest. Whether your pet is a kitten or a puppy, in the prime of life, or enjoying their golden years, Natural Pawz has the perfect selection of products to keep them healthy and happy. Additional locations in the Houston area include: The Woodlands (PineCroft, Sterling Ridge Centers), West University, Tanglewood, Sugar Land and Tomball. To learn more about Natural Pawz, the Heights grand opening celebration or to learn more about how you can benefit the animals at BARC, visit www.naturalpawz.com or call (713) 864- 4777.