Scottsdale resident opens delivery pet food company

Janell Johnson (Special to the Independent)

Janell Johnson (Special to the Independent)

Janell Johnson is a long-time animal rescue volunteer and she always knew she wanted a career in the pet industry.

So when she learned about Pet Wants, she decided it was time to follow her dream.

Ms. Johnson is now the proud owner of Pet Wants Scottsdale, which just launched this year, according to a press release.

Pet Wants’ carefully developed proprietary pet food is slow-cooked with fresh, all-natural ingredients. The company has their distributor make the dog and cat food in small batches once per month so every kibble is guaranteed to be fresh and packed with nutrition.

Pet Wants Scottsdale is a franchise of the Pet Wants Franchising Systems and the mobile delivery service will deliver to all of Phoenix, Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.

“I’ve been working with animal rescues for many years and I’ve fostered – and bottle fed – many animals over those years. Throughout all that time, I always knew I wanted to do something with animals for my career,” stated Ms. Johnson in the release. “I worked as a pet food nutritionist for a major pet food brand for a few years so, when I learned about Pet Wants, it was a perfect fit.”

Having experience in the pet food industry, Ms. Johnson was even more excited when she learned about the food. In addition to being made fresh monthly, Pet Wants only source the best salmon, chicken, lamb, brown rice and other ingredients available, the release stated.

There’s no sugar added, no fillers and no animal by-products. And, since Pet Wants never uses corn, wheat, soy or dyes, Pet Wants is a great fit for pets with allergies.

“Pet Wants proprietary food is the best kibble you can get. Even if you’re buying the top-of-the-line pet food at the pet store, the food you’re giving your pets could be months or years old. And, if you are buying that food, you have to set aside time to make a trip to the specialty pet store. With Pet Wants, you’ll be giving your pets the best food available and we’ll bring it right to your door,” Ms. Johnson stated in the release.

Pet Wants originally launched in Cincinnati in 2010. Owned by Michele Hobbs, the business was built to provide proprietary crafted, fresh, slow-cooked, all-natural pet food delivered to customers through a retail store and a convenient, home-delivery service. Hobbs, now the company founder, turned the business into a franchise in 2015 with the help of Franchise Funding Group, an investment and franchise-development company designed to help entrepreneurs scale their companies nationally as franchise systems.

When she’s not working, Ms. Johnson can be found spending time with her husband Richard as well as their rescue dog Lexi and rescue cats or helping her many rescue groups including Arizona Animal Welfare League, Lost Our Home, Healing Hearts and All About Animals.

Although the company is currently mobile delivery only, Ms. Johnson is working on opening a retail location as well. Once that’s up and running, she is hoping to turn some of the space into a cage-free cat adoption center.

To order Pet Wants food for your favorite companion or to learn about the company, call 602-885-8081, e-mail or visit

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