Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, job creators of the Inc. 5000 just keep going, pet-focused companies being no exception, according to Inc. Magazine officials, which ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America.
"At press time, only 11 percent had cut staff since March, while 47 percent were landing talent let loose by others," according to an online Inc. article. "And for every CEO reporting a sales decline, another is seeing an uptick. In July, 80 percent were anticipating profitability for 2020."
Pet companies hitting the Inc. 5000 mark included NuLeaf Naturals, The Natural Dog Co., Dogtopia Enterprises, Carnivore Meat Co., Dales Bearded Dragons and Pet Supply, Meowijuana and Nature’s Logic, just to name a few.
"In the wide world of small and medium-size businesses, most COVID-19 story lines have focused on survival strategies," the article continued. "Some variation of ‘We switched from T-shirts and whiskey to masks and sanitizer’ has been a common refrain. Roughly half of Inc. 5000 companies, however, will emerge from the pandemic transformed by new products, services and markets. This is the beauty of the Inc. 5000. Even as their stomachs got smaller, their eyes got bigger. More than 40 percent of honorees say current conditions make it more important than ever to scale quickly. Just 10 percent feel it would be best to slow down."
Take a look at the pet companies that made the Inc. 5000 list:
No. 16 NuLeaf Naturals in Denver—Offers organic hemp oil extracts to all 50 states and to more than four countries. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil extracts are sold for both human and pet consumption. Growth: 11,495 percent.
No. 173 Embark Veterinary in Boston—Offers dog DNA testing to end preventable diseases. Growth: 2,268 percent.
No. 336 Meowijuana, a Smarter Paw Brand, in Lenexa, Kan.—Promotes catnip, cat toys and cat treats in an engaging and fun manner. The products can be found in more than 4,000 retailers in North America. Growth: 1,355.03 percent.
"We are beyond honored to be listed in 2020’s Inc. 5,000 and join the ranks of our country’s most dynamic and innovative private companies," said Scott Ragan, managing partner and CEO of Meowijuana and Smarter Paw, LLC. "Meowijuana was created to drive growth and innovation through a dynamic assortment of organic catnip blends, cat toys and cat treats that promote natural wellness, celebrate the emotional bond between pets and people, and deliver a whole lot of fun. I am very proud of our team for their dedication to produce the highest quality organic catnip, unique catnip blends and innovative cat toys you will find on the market today."
No. 378 Pet Parents in Ankeny, Iowa—Creates pet products for pet owners that help raise those pets from birth to adulthood. Growth: 1,208 percent.
No. 472 H&C Animal Health in Parker, Colo.—Allows access to pet health care products for the veterinary and retail markets. Products include supplements, parasite protection and behavior modification. Growth: 970 percent.
"We are extremely excited to be recognized again by the Inc. 5000 list," said Chuck Latham, founder of H&C Animal Health. "I am very proud to be a part of this great H&C team. They have worked hard to bring exciting, new products to market, which has contributed to our tremendous growth in a few short years. We are honored to be included on the exclusive Inc. 500 list two years in a row. Congratulations to all the great companies that also made the list."
No. 516 Southern Veterinary Partners in Birmingham, Ala.—Oversees a veterinarian-owned and operated regional network of animal hospitals. Growth: 898 percent.
No. 811 Pawz in La Jolla, Calif.—Sells branded apparel and lifestyle products that target dog enthusiasts. Donates 10 percent of the net profits to animal shelters around the United States. Growth: 586 percent.
No. 1,091 Vetnique Labs in Naperville, Ill.—Offers pet grooming products. Products also include pet supplements. Growth: 420 percent.
No. 1,576 Paw.com in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—Sells orthopedic dog beds that look and feel appealing to assist dog owners in making their pets feel more comfortable. Also sells car seat covers, throw blankets and other accessories for dog owners. Growth: 275 percent.
No. 1,672 PetWell Partners in Houston—Runs 35 veterinary practices in eight states. Growth: 257 percent.
No. 1,725 The Natural Dog Co. in Loveland, Colo.—Sells its premium quality, single-ingredient dog chews through small independent pet stores throughout the United States. Growth: 249 percent.
"We’re on a mission at The Natural Dog Company (NDC) to help people and pets thrive," said Dan Goodnow, founder of The Natural Dog Co. "Everyone at NDC works hard to make sure that our customers are succeeding in their businesses and that we're helping them grow. Making the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list has given us the affirmation that all of that hard work is making a difference."
No. 1,897 Pawstruck in Long Beach, Calif.—Sells American-made, premium products for dogs, such as meat chews, knee cap meaty bones, cow ears, cow hooves, among others. Growth: 223 percent.
No. 1,945 Veterinary Practice Partners in King of Prussia, Pa.—Manages business operations, finance and accounting, human resources and marketing for veterinary practices. Growth: 217 percent.
No. 1,972 Dogtopia Enterprises in Phoenix—Operates a chain of doggie day care centers across the United States and Canada. Growth: 215 percent.
No. 2,084 Josh’s Frogs in Owosso, Mich.—Manages an online pet store that specializes in breeding frogs and other exotic animals. Also carries feeder insects and reptile, amphibian and fish husbandry. Growth: 203 percent.
No. 2,165 Automated Pet Care Products in Auburn Hills, Mich.—Produces high end appliance-type pet products such as the Litter-Robot, an automatic, self-cleaning litter box for cats. Growth: 195 percent.
No. 2,241 Carnivore Meat Co. in Green Bay, Wis.—Manufacturer of frozen and freeze-dried pet food brands Nature’s Advantage, Vital Essentials and Vital Cat. Growth: 187 percent.
"We have an incredibly dedicated workforce that has helped us achieve great results over the past year, and we’re honored to be recognized again by Inc. Magazine," said Lanny Viegut, owner and CEO of the company. "We implemented a number of sustainability initiatives along with efficiency improvements that contributed to our overall success. This, combined with the new brand introduction of Nature’s Advantage, gave us some great momentum that we will continue to build upon."
No. 2,261 Best Friends by Sheri in Commerce, Calif.—Designs, sources and distributes pet products to the full retail spectrum. Growth: 185 percent.
No. 2,385 Innovetive Petcare in Austin, Texas—Owns and operates veterinary clinics across the nation. Ensures clinics are equipped with the tools and resources needed to be successful. Growth: 174 percent.
No. 2,452 Neater Pets in Malvern, Pa.—Creates, manufactures and sells pet products that make life with pets easier and more enjoyable. Growth: 168 percent.
No. 2,587 Pet Assure Corp. in Lakewood, N.J.—Delivers a veterinary discount plan generally offered as a company benefit. Growth: 159 percent.
No. 2,621 Cuddle Clones in Louisville, Ky.—Creates stuffed animals and custom products that look just like a person’s pet. Growth: 156 percent.
No. 2,836 Dales Bearded Dragons and Pet Supply in Mountainside, N.J.—Sells reptile supplies, feeder insects and reptiles through Amazon, and its four websites, as well as trade shows on the weekends. Growth: 141 percent.
No. 3,077: Mid America Pet Food in Mount Pleasant, Texas—Manufactures and sells premium pet food through several high-end brands in the United States. Growth: 126 percent
“From our start in 2007 Mid America Pet Food has placed a strong focus on offering super premium pet food at a common-sense value,” said Greg Cyr, CEO of Mid America Pet Food. “Delivering on this focus each day has played a big role in helping us be successful and continue to grow year-over-year. We have some exciting projects coming up, and I look forward to the continued growth we can achieve with the hard work of our team.”
No. 3,300 Vetsource in Portland, Ore.—Provides innovative pharmacy, technology and business services to veterinarians. Growth: 115 percent.
No. 3,301 DogiZone in Rockville, Md.—Runs a dog training resort in Maryland that offers customers boarding, training, day care, grooming, transportation and retail for their dogs. Growth: 115 percent.
No. 3,487 VetnCare in Castro Valley, Calif.—Runs a collective of independent veterinary hospitals. Growth: 107 percent.
No. 3,711 SynergyLabs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—Sells grooming, hygiene and health supplement products for dogs, cats and horses. Growth: 98 percent.
No. 3,836 Nature’s Logic in Lincoln, Neb.—Sells a line of 100 percent natural premium quality pet food and treats that contain no synthetic vitamins and minerals. Growth: 94 percent.
"Savvy, environmentally-minded consumers who care about all-natural nutrition are demanding more from brands," said David Yaskulka, CEO of Nature’s Logic. "We’re thrilled that our vision and mission align with what our consumers want. Our deepest appreciation goes out to our customers, retailers, distributors, environmental partners and team members who have fueled our growth."
No. 3,967 Genetic Veterinary Sciences (DBA Paw Print Genetics) in Spokane, Wash.—Provides inherited disease testing for breeders, dog owners and veterinarians. Offers a comprehensive genetic screen called the Canine HealthCheck for dogs, the CatScan for cats and Early Bird Sex Identification for many species of birds under its AvianDx brand. Growth: 89 percent.
No. 4,946 Dee-O-Gee in Bozeman, Mont.—Provides healthy care options for dogs and cats in the United States through its network of pet food stores across the country. Growth: 57 percent.
Methodology as outlined by Inc.: "The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of Dec. 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $2 million."