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LOCAL COMPANY FEATURED IN NATION WIDE DOG SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. May 20, 2015 – Good Reasons™ Dog Treats, a non-profit dog treat company that provides employment for people with disabilities was featured in BarkBox, a nationwide monthly subscription service that sends a box of featured products to pet owners throughout the country.

The partnership marks a sign of growth for the Westchester and Dutchess County-based organization. Since launching in July of 2014, Good Reasons’ has partnered with over 50 retail locations to offer their all-natural, human grade dog treats, but the 15,000 bag BarkBox order is the company’s largest to date.

“We’re excited to team up with Good Reasons for inclusion in our May Barkbox. The Charlie’s Cheddar Chomps treats are ‘pawfect’ – a delicious and nutritious treat made with highly quality ingredients and inspiring business practices,” says Melissa Seligmann, Head of Vendor Relations & Merchandising with Barkbox.

Good Reasons’ staff of ten worked diligently to fill the order at the company’s Poughkeepsie production station. Comprised of people with and without disabilities, the employees work together to support one another’s unique abilities – a model which Founder Vicki Sylvester envisioned during her three decades of work at Community Based Services, a North Salem, NY-based organization that provides services to people with disabilities.

“There is a huge lack of employment opportunities for this population,” says Sylvester. “Which is unfortunate because hiring a person with a disability is no different than hiring anyone else. All employees come with their own set of challenges regardless of ability. With a little flexibility on the part of the employer, a person with a disability can be as, if not more, productive as any other person.”

The boxes, which were mailed out in the first week of May, were met with enthusiasm from the subscribers. Several reached out to Good Reasons with accolades for the Company’s mission. “I just received my Barkbox for May and your Charlie’s Cheddar Chomps were part of it and my dogs Charlie and Emma LOVED them. Such a great concept and yummy dog treats. Keep it up!” said Facebook user, Jennifer W.

“We’re thrilled that we were able to partner with BarkBox. We hope that releasing our products to such an expansive audience will result in an increase of orders, which in turn will result in an increase in employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Sylvester.  “We’d love to be able to hire more employees.”

About Good Reasons™

Good Reasons™ is a dog treat company on a mission. Based out of North Salem, NY with production offices in Poughkeepsie and Brewster, they create delicious dog treats while providing opportunity and employment for people with all abilities. Founder, Vicki Sylvester, Ph.D., merged her professional experience as an advocate for the disabled community with her love of animals to create a company that supports an integrated workforce. Sylvester is also the CEO of Community Based Services, Inc. (CBS), a not-for-profit organization that provides the highest level of individualized support for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. CBS’s mission is to provide each individual with the best possible quality of life through residential and community-based opportunities.