The Otago Petfoods Story

Our journey began in 2012, nestled in the heart of Otago, a region renowned for its pristine environment and rich agricultural heritage. Inspired by the beauty of our surroundings and the need for genuinely wholesome pet nutrition, we embarked on a mission to create pet foods that not only satisfy the taste buds but also nourish the body.
Welcome to Otago Petfoods - where our passion for pets meets our dedication to producing high-quality, nutritious pet food.

The Inspiration Behind Otago Petfoods

Our founders, Mathew & Kimberly Thom, grew up in families where pets were considered integral members. Watching their pets thrive on homemade, natural diets sparked a realization: every pet deserves access to real, unadulterated nutrition. Kim also worked as a pet groomer and was astounded at how many dogs were coming in with skin irritations and food allergies due to being fed low-quality kibbled food. This realization was the seed from which Otago Petfoods grew. With backgrounds in veterinary nursing and harvesting wild game, our founders combined their expertise to formulate pet food recipes that are both delicious and sustainable.

Our Philosophy

At Otago Petfoods, we believe that pets are family, and like any family member, they deserve the best. Our philosophy is simple: use only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create pet food that promotes health, vitality, and longevity. We're committed to transparency, sustainability, and ethical sourcing, ensuring that every product we offer reflects our deep respect for nature and the animals we serve.

Our Journey

What started in a small home-based garage in Mosgiel, then out of Mudpuppy in Caversham, then to an old butchery in Green Island, has grown into a large manufacturing plant in Mosgiel, where each batch of our pet food is crafted with care. Despite our growth, our commitment to quality and nutrition has never wavered. We've expanded our range to cater to the diverse needs of pets, from life-stage-specific formulas to solutions for dietary sensitivities. Along the way, we've partnered with local farmers and suppliers who share our values, strengthening the community that supports us.

Looking Ahead

As we look to the future, our goal is to continue innovating and exploring new ways to enhance pet health through nutrition. We're excited about the road ahead, driven by our passion for pets and our dedication to making a difference in their lives. We love the fact that we can take unwanted stock and wild pests out of the environment and make something of value out of an otherwise wasted resource and we love working with other local companies that share the same vision. We hope to be able to expand on this in the future.

Join Our Family

We invite you to join the Otago Petfoods family. Whether you're a pet parent seeking the best for your furry friend, or someone who shares our vision for a healthier pet community, there's a place for you here. Together, we can make every meal a stepping stone to a happier, healthier life for pets everywhere. Follow us! Facebook Instagram