Health & Fitness

Man brings new pet food to Buncombe County

Special to the Tribune

Leicester – Local resident Christian Ray is pleased to announce the launch of his new pet food and supply business – Pet Wants Asheville.

Pet Wants’ specially-crafted, private-label pet food formulas are made in small batches with fresh, natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet in every bowl. Pet Wants Asheville has multiple blends of dog and cat food formulas as well as healing salve, calming balm, anti-itch spray, paw wax and more. Pet Wants Asheville is a mobile business that offers free, personal delivery to Buncombe County, including Asheville, Woodfin, Leicester, Candler, Arden, Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Fletcher and Fairview.

“My journey to Pet Wants started with my own journey to find a healthier, more nutritious way of life. When I started paying more attention to what I was eating, I started doing the same for my dogs,” Ray said. “Pet Wants’ food was developed because a pet parent couldn’t find a solution to help their own dog feel better and that level of care still shows in our products today. I’d never heard of fresh kibble before Pet Wants and I’m excited to share all of Pet Wants products with Western North Carolina.”

Pet Wants has a 100-percent, money-back guarantee on the freshness and quality of the food and the company 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 Pet Wants never uses corn, wheat, soy or dyes, which makes the food great for animals with allergies.

Ray was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, and graduated from Brevard College in 2001. He fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains while camping in the Pisgah National Forest. He returned to Alabama to work in marketing and real estate appraisal, but the mountains called him back and he returned yearly to camp and raft. Ray finally got the chance to move to WNC in 2016. He has been hiking with the dogs often and he founded the Blue Ridge Flyball Club.

“Pets are family. They deserve all the best in everything, especially nutrition. As a dog owner with dogs who compete in Flyball, I have studied nutrition and was highly impressed with what Pet Wants offers. My two dogs – Bean, my 7-year-old pug mix and Biscuit, my 5-year-old Beagle mix – love the food and are healthier than ever, which is what convinced me to bring Pet Wants to this community. Pet Wants allows me to combine my love of dogs and dog sports with my passion for great nutrition,” Ray said.
To learn more about Pet Wants Asheville, call 828-774-5377, email or visit


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