Sources for Raw Food
We get the majority of our raw dog food from the DFW Ross Wells Co-Op and from Texas Tripe. There are many good sources for raw pet food, with different price levels and relative convenience. Let’s explore several of the popular sources for raw food.
If you haven’t read our introductory article, Raw Feeding Basics, you may want to start there and come back to this page. When you’re ready, check out our related articles, Raw Feeding Groups & Resources and the Pet Fooled Documentary.
DFW Ross Wells Co-Op
We get the majority of our food from this co-op.
Orders every 2 months - Fort Worth calendar - Dallas calendar
For those who join between orders, Cindy Gordon usually has food available to purchase.
Delivery in Fort Worth (west group) and Addison (east group) - deliveries take place at a warehouse on a weekday evening - everyone must help unload & sort before loading up your car - takes about an hour
located in Wisconsin (delivered on an 18-wheeler truck)
Quantities of 40-50 pounds - packaged in 5 pounds, 50 pounds divided, and 50 pounds whole - make sure to order the FINE grind, not the coarse grind
Average price around $1.50 per pound
Balanced Blends – These can be fed alone without adding additional ingredients. - Titan Red - Titan Blue
Single Proteins – These are ground (like the balanced blends), but you’d need to supplement with organ and/or bone. - turkey - beef - chicken - salmon (only coarse grind) - tripe – Note: this smells TERRIBLE, but the dogs LOVE it!
Raw Meaty Bones (RMB’s) - veal bones - chicken backs - skinless chicken necks
Ordering Websites - West group - East group
Facebook Group (must be a member of the FB group in order to participate)
When we need food between co-op deliveries, we order from Texas Tripe
FedEx shipping is also available.
Drop locations all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee & Colorado - drops take place in retail parking lots during the day on weekdays & Saturdays - everyone parks & orders are handed off to you from their delivery truck - takes about 10 minutes
located in Detroit, Texas
Quantities of 2-40 pounds - packaged in 2 pounds, 5 pounds, and 10 pounds
Average price around $2.00 per pound
Balanced Blends – These can be fed alone without adding additional ingredients. - All-Star Bully Blend - Beef Blend - Beginners Choice (puppy blend) - Senior Pro Blend - Shepherd Blend - Wolf Run Plus - Chicken Blend - Phat Katz (premium raw cat food) - Chicken/Pork/Salmon with Egg – Note: we choose not to feed pork products - Chicken Tripe Complete - Turkey Blend
Other Blends – These are ground (like the balanced blends), but you’d need to supplement with organ and/or bone. - Boneless Beef Blend - Wolf Run – Beef Tripe Blend - Ground Chicken with Bone - Duck/Rabbit Blend - Ground Turkey Necks
Single Proteins - Green Tripe – Note: this smells TERRIBLE, but the dogs LOVE it! - Beef Kidneys - Chicken Hearts - Chicken Gizzards
Raw Meaty Bones (RMB’s) - Chicken Backs - Chicken Drumsticks - Skinless Chicken Necks - Turkey Wings - Turkey Necks - Turkey Drumsticks
Drop Locations (as of January 1, 2019)
Dallas/Fort Worth Route 1 (every Wednesday) - Sulpher Springs (Pilot) - Canton (Shell) - Terrell (Buc-ee’s) - De Soto (7-11) - Arlington (G&G Glove) - Euless (behind Hobby Lobby) - Lewisville (GlowZone) - Frisco (Lowe’s)
Dallas/Fort Worth Route 2 (every Thursday) - Greenville (Lowe’s) - Rockwall (Home Depot) - Buckner (Waffle House) - Plano (At Home) - McKinney (JoAnn Fabric) - Trenton (Exxon) - Bohnam (Shell)
Dallas/Fort Worth Route 3 (2nd Saturday of the month) - Sherman (Walmart) - Gainsville (Walmart) - Denton (Academy Sports) - North Fort Worth (The Creek Church) - Highland Hills (VA Clinic) - Plano (At Home) - Buckner (I-30 Bingo)
East Houston / Louisiana / Arkansas Route (1st Tuesday & Wednesday of the month) - Athens (Fellowship Baptist) - Corsicana (Shell) - Fairfield (Gilberto’s) - Bryan/College Station (Sam’s) - Navasota (Hi Ho Shell Station) - Plantersville (Shell) - Montgomery (Brookshire) - Conroe (Sam’s Club) - Woodlands (Home Depot) - Spring (Barks & Recreation) - Pearland (AMC Gulf Coast) - Pasadena (Bayou Forming) - Beaumont (Triangle Therapy) - Lake Charles (Cash Magic) - Layfayette (Source Supply) - Baton Rouge (Love’s) - Alexandria (Burger King) - Shreveport (Dillard’s) - Texarkana (Lowe’s)
West TX / Oklahoma / Kansas Route (2nd Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of the month) - Weatherford (McAlister’s Deli) - Ranger/Eastman (Love’s) - Abilene (Flying J) - Midland (Stripe’s C-Store) - Lubbock (Medley Equipment) - Amarillo (Holiday Inn) - McPherson, KS (TBA) - Wichita, KS (TBA) - Norman (Walmart Supercenter) - Choctaw Rd (Love’s Travel Stop) - Shields Plaza (Burlington Coat) - Edmond (Walmart Supercenter) - Tulsa, OK (Hobby Lobby) - Webbers Falls, OK (Love’s) - Vian, OK (Subway) - Roland, OK (Cherokee Travel Plaza) - McAlester (Walmart) - Hugo (Bus Barn/John Deere) - Wewoka (Big D’s Auto Tire) - Shawnee (Walmart Supercenter) - Exit 64 (17W & 3250) - Ardmore (Flying J Truck Stop)
South TX / West Houston / East TX Route (3rd Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of the month) - Waxahachie (Civic Center) - West (Slovacek’s) - Waco (McDonald’s) - South Austin (behind T-Mobile) - San Marcos (Auto Zone) - New Braunfels (CVS) - Shertz (Park & Ride exit 173) - San Antonio (Holiday Inn Express) - Corpus Christi (S&G’s) - Victoria (Hobby Lobby) - West Houston (I-10 & Beltway 8) - Kingwood (Lowe’s) - New Caney (Valero) - Cleveland (Fntg. Road) - Livingston (Lowe’s) - Lufkin (Best Buy) - Nacogdoches (BBQ House) - Tyler (Brookshire’s) - Longview (Texas Best Smokehouse)
Austin Route (4th Tuesday & Wednesday of the month) - Temple (Target) - Round Rock (Ross) - ARF (ARF Co-Op Members) - North Austin (Hobby Lobby) - South Austin (behind T-Mobile) - Marble Falls (Ross) - Lampasas (Stripes) - Evant (Elk Stop) - Hamilton (Frida’s Mexican Restaurant) - Hico (Ranglers Exxon)
Tennessee / Arkansas Route (4th Thursday of the month) - Hot Springs, AR (Doggy Dude Ranch) - Little Rock, AR (Walmart) - Memphis, TN (Dillard’s) - Nashville, TN (Walmart)
Colorado Route - www.rawdogfoodandco.com - Stops in Aurora, Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Castle Pines, Denver, Evergreen, Ft. Collins, Golden, Greeley, Highland Ranch, Longmonth, Loveland, Parker, Palmer Lake - Also available is pickup at our Denver warehouse.
available online or through local co-ops
this is our our preference – less expensive than Commercial and easier than DIY
Examples - DFW Ross Wells Raw Co-Op (our primary source) - Texas Tripe (we use them when we need food between co-op deliveries) - Find a Co-Op in your area. - There are also plenty of companies with online ordering, but with shipping prices and the other options close-by, these haven’t been cost effective for us. Simply Rawsome (MN) (also on Facebook) My Pet Carnivore (IN) Raw Feeding Miami (FL) Green Tripe (CA) Big Country Raw (Canada)
usually the least expensive, but most time-intensive
requires you to balance the diet
Examples - grocery store - butcher shops - ethnic markets (we love getting interesting items at these stores, even though we use pre-made food!) - hunting - finding a hunter or farmer to give you the parts they’re not using (organs, bones, antlers, etc) - Mallary Goldman raises rabbits for pet consumption! She delivers throughout DFW as needed. Visit her Facebook group here.
usually the most expensive, but requires almost no prep work
some of these are balanced, but others are not
often contain a high percentage of plant matter
found in the freezer section of pet stores, or online (Amazon or Chewy)
Examples (We don’t have much experience with commercial raw foods, so we can’t recommend a specific one. We’re linking to Dog Food Advisor for reference.) - Ziwi Peak (air dried) We do have experience with Ziwi Peak. Our dogs love the Tripe & Lamb version and the Lamb version. It’s expensive (about $35 for 2 pounds), but we use it as treats instead of food. - Answers - Genesis - Instinct - Primal Frozen (frozen) - Primal Freeze-Dried (freeze-dried) - Sojos Complete (freeze-dried) - Stella & Chewy’s Dinners (frozen) - Stella & Chewy’s Dinners (freeze-dried) - Vital Essentials (frozen) - Vital Essentials (freeze-dried)