Pet Wants Expands to Nashville with Storefront, Mobile Service

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Shawna Cohen opens new local pet food franchise, Pet Wants Nashville.

Shawna Cohen with her two dogs, Enzo and Shelby

My passion for nutrition and my love for my two dogs ultimately inspired me to open this business. Pet Wants gives me the opportunity to combine those two parts of my life to make a positive impact.

When Shawna Cohen rescued her first dog, Enzo, she wanted him to have the best of everything – including the best food. She thought she was giving him something great, but when Enzo started having health problems that the vet couldn’t identify, Cohen did her research. What she learned about pet food encouraged her to start home cooking Enzo’s food and, now, to launch her own pet food business – Pet Wants Nashville.

“The vet said Enzo probably had an auto-immune disease, but they didn’t even ask what his diet was. I did my research, learned about what’s in many bagged pet foods, and started cooking for him myself. Once he was receiving the proper nutrition, his health issues went away. He and our newest family member, Shelby, have been incredibly healthy dogs ever since,” Cohen said. “I wanted to open my own pet-focused business, but home cooking food for a large number of dogs didn’t make sense as a business model. When I learned about Pet Wants and the awesome product, I knew it would be a perfect fit.”

Inspired by Enzo’s story and the Pet Wants product, Cohen decided to take a leap of faith. She sold her home in New Mexico, quit her job, packed her bags and moved to Nashville to open Pet Wants.

“I am a strong believer and advocate for healthy living and am excited to share my knowledge and educate people about pet food and Pet Wants. My passion for nutrition and my love for my two dogs ultimately inspired me to open this business. Pet Wants gives me the opportunity to combine those two parts of my life to make a positive impact,” Cohen said.

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 Nashville is a franchise of the Pet Wants Franchising Systems. The storefront is located at 962 Woodland Street in Nashville and the mobile service delivers throughout Nashville.

In addition to being made fresh monthly, Pet Wants only sources the best salmon, chicken, lamb, brown rice and other ingredients available. There’s no sugar added, no fillers and no animal by-products. And, since Pet Wants never uses corn, wheat, soy or dyes, the food is a great fit for pets with allergies.

“People are becoming more and more educated about what they’re eating and what they’re feeding their pets. Honestly, when people find out what’s in some of the food they’ve been feeding their pets, they get upset because they’ve been loyal to a brand. They trust that that company is looking out for their pets, but that’s not always the case. At Pet Wants, our food is healthy and fresh and we’re here to answer any questions you might have,” Cohen said.

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.

To order Pet Wants food for your favorite companion or to learn about the company, call (615)969-3220, email SCohen(at)PetWants(dot)com or visit

About Pet Wants: Pet Wants was started by Michele Hobbs out of love for her pets and frustration. Veterinarians were unable to help relieve her dog’s painful skin allergies. After doing much research, Michele discovered the national dog food brand she trusted was not fresh, not all natural, and lacked sufficient nutrition...and when pet food sits in warehouses and store shelves for months and months… it loses even more nutritional value. She was committed to developing a better solution for all dogs and cats. Their food is exclusively crafted… fresh, healthy, slow-cooked and all natural with no sugar added, no fillers and no animal by-products. They source only the best salmon, chicken, lamb, brown rice, and other ingredients. Fresh ingredients make for better food… and better health for pets. And since they never use corn, wheat, soy or dyes, the common pet health problems associated with these ingredients are no longer worries. Their fresh food is conveniently delivered to the customer within weeks of production, not months. Roughly half of Pet Wants products are sold through their store and half through their convenient, home-delivery program. You can learn more at

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