The West Paw Story
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West Paw is an eco-friendly manufacturer of high-quality dog toys, beds, leashes and collars. We have been manufacturing pet products since 1996 when at 23 years old, Montana-native Spencer Williams, purchased a small pet toy company in Livingston, Montana. Growing up on a ranch in eastern Montana, animals had a special place in his heart - especially stray dogs and cats. So, with five full-time employees, and an impressive team of home-sewers, the team set out to make the world's safest and highest quality dog and cat toys.
Spencer has always believed in investing in local talent and built a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly manufacturing facility in Bozeman, Montana where the 80 + employees sell, market and make treat toys, collars, and dream beds for dogs. But besides that, the employees at West Paw go to work knowing they do more than manufacture dog toys, they make a difference . . .
Since 1996, West Paw has continually incorporate sustainable practices in manufacturing and thoughtfully design our toys and beds. An example of this is our award winning and extremely durable Zogoflex® dog toys - they can all be infinitely recycled through our Join the Loop® program. It also inspired us to become co-founders of the Montana Coalition for the Outdoors and a founding member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition.
In 2016, Forbes magazine named us "One of the Best Small Companies" in America. We became Montana's first Benefit Corporation and the first pet product company to become a Certified B Corp. West Paw has also been recognized as the "Best Place to Work in Montana". West Paw pays its employees to volunteer and gives back by donating money, product and sponsoring numerous off-leash dog parks in their hometown, including an off-leash dog park at the new Story Mill Community Park (opening 2019).
While some thing have changed, a lot remains the same. We still use and store finished goods in re-usable banana boxes (keeping them out of the landfill and eliminating the need to buy plastic totes). We continue to develop responsible and eco-friendly manufacturing practices in all areas of the company and use IntelliLoft®, a recycled plastic fill and fabric in our toys and beds. (As of 2018, we've recycled over 15 million plastic bottles.)
It’s been over 22 years since Spencer started the company now known as West Paw and he couldn't be happier. “Pets add so much joy to people’s lives and one of our values is to give back to them with great products. Being in Montana, and working with an amazing team of people, is not a bad way to spend my days.”
Made by US. Designed for the love of pets and the planet®.