New owners are operating a longstanding North Central pet food business but they plan to continue the legacy of offering natural, healthy options for animals.
Raquel Huerta and her husband, Aaron Oaks, recently purchased Kodi’s Natural Pet Foods at 6058 N. 16th St. from Rhonda Teel. Huerta and Oaks have changed the name to Fetch Natural Pet Foods but they will keep the organic and natural pet foods Teel sold at the store since she opened it about 12 years ago.
A grand re-opening for the pet food store will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Teel started the store, which was named after her dog, Kodi, when her pet was diagnosed with cancer. In an email to friends and customers, Teel said when she discovered Kodi had cancer she was told to feed her natural foods. Teel said she pursued her dream to begin “a business that dealt with pet nutrition and helped customers’ pets with their diets and well-being.”
“Now, after 12 years of building my business and serving my loyal customers I found it was the time to sell my business and enjoy retirement and get a much needed knee replacement,” Teel wrote. “It has been a truly enriching experience to meet and serve so many customers and their pets. I wanted to also take the time to thank all of my customers that supported me for the last 12 years. I could not have realized my dream without your support.”
The pet food store offers a variety of natural dog and cat foods and wellness products. Huerta and Oaks plan to add more raw foods and to continue offering events to assist pets and their owners, including some done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oaks and Huerta, who have rescued two dogs, Loki and Archie, have heard many people talk about how Teel helped improve their pets’ health.
“She (Teel) really focused on education,” Oaks said. “Rhonda did an incredible job. She left really big shoes to fill. She also left us a base of really happy and loyal customers.”
Fetch Natural Pet Foods is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, visit kodisnaturalpetfoods.com.