I’ve researched online. I’ve bought books. I’ve subscribed to magazines. I joined forums and email lists. I have friends who feed raw. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 15 years learning about feeding your dogs, cats and ferrets a raw diet (yeah, I just might be a bit of a nerd). There have been short periods of time where I’ve fed raw. I don’t right now. I just can’t afford it at this time (I know I hear everyone who feeds raw saying how can I afford NOT to. Don’t worry I know all the arguments. I’m comfortable with my choices for now). While I don’t feed raw now, it’s something I’m plan to do in the future.
I’ve been reading Kimberly’s posts at Keep the Tail Wagging about her research and considering switching her dogs to a raw diet. She taking her time and learning. There is a lot of information out the and a lot of things to take into consideration when making a decision to make a change like this.
One thing that people wonder about is where are they going to find the meat to feed. If you are making the effort to switch to raw is feeding the meat from the grocery store counter-productive? I’m lucky, even though I live in town, Northeast PA is mostly rural so finding a local source shouldn’t be too difficult. But how do you find these sources and where can you find good sources of meat if you live in the city? It might not be as hard as you think.
There are several places to you can go to for help in finding local sources for your pet’s raw diet.
DogAware.com- One of the first email list I belonged to was K9Nutrition. While I was a big time lurker, I still learned a lot. One of the most knowledgeable members was Mary Straus who moderated the list for a time.She now writes about nutrition for Dog World magazine and the Whole Dog Journal* . She maintains a huge list of suppliers on her site DogAware.com. It’s even has international sources. (It’s also one of my favorite sites for finding reliable resources on different dog disorders.)
Eat Wild- Eat Wild promotes the raising of grass-fed animals and maintains of listing for producers who meet their criteria for how the animals are raised. The lists includes those in the US, Canada and some from outside North America.
Local Harvest- Local Harvest has a directory of organic and local farms in the US. It’s like an online farmer’s market! You can search to find those farmers near you.
Yahoo Groups- Yahoo groups are where I spent a lot of time learning about feeding raw. You can find a group for anything- raw feeding a specific breed, raw feeding for those who compete in a certain dog sport. You can also find email lists for raw feeding in a specific geographical area (like NaturalFeeding-MD_DC_VA_PA) which is great for finding local sources or a co-op to join.
Along with these sources you may want to look for any raw feeding forums online or groups on Facebook. You never know, sources might be closer than you think!