In just eight months, 2 Besties Biscuits has taken off in more ways than founders and best friends Angela Brown and Paula Brown could have imagined.
The Hannibal-based pair started 2 Besties Biscuits in September after struggling to find biscuits made with all-natural ingredients for their dogs. They began selling homemade biscuits packaged in pink boxes in businesses around Hannibal starting Sept. 16. For every package purchased, 20 percent of the proceeds went to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.
But 20 percent wasn’t enough, the friends decided.
Exclusively from Jan. 27 through April 30, all proceeds from every package purchased were donated to the Humane Society as part of what the pair calls Operation: Feed the Furballs.
Angela Brown and Paula Brown cashed in the monthslong mission proceeds on May 6. With the money, they were able to provide 4,832 meals to dogs at the Humane Society.
“The number of meals was determined by the size and number of dogs at the Humane Society right now,” Angela Brown said in May.
The pair and some helpers dropped off 50 40-pound bags and 170 cans of dog food, as well as 164 cans of puppy food.
“We are astonished by the number. We wish we could literally hug every human that purchased a pink box,” Angela Brown said.
“This community is truly awesome. They have proven that we can come together to selflessly give. The local businesses that participated in this giving community project are all fantastic. They, along with the people that made purchases, did this. We just baked and boxed.”
“It takes a lot of pressure off of our shoulders in finding their next meal. Their generosity is amazing. The dogs appreciate it,” Humane Society office manager Meredith McCammon said. “We heavily rely on donations, and the community really pitched in to help.”
Since September, the friends have expanded their businesss.
The sales of T-shirts and totebags launched May 1, and 20 percent to 40 percent of those proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.
Regular customers may now text “JOIN” to 62687 to receive promotions and freebies.
People may purchase new biscuits made of produce, herbs and honey from local farmers, and they can stock up on Twain Treats, which are peanut butter biscuits shaped like Mark Twain’s face and mustache and a ship’s wheel.
2 Besties Biscuits will be at the Hannibal Central Park Farmers Market throughout the summer, and products can be purchased there in addition to select businesses around town.
While visiting the Farmers Market, people can expect to see some weekend giveaways, human cookies, handmade dog-related wearables, dog bandanas, homemade pet paw wax and other items. When cookies are sold, those proceeds will benefit a local organization that supports children with cancer.
Packages of biscuits may be purchased at Chocolaterie Stam; Dempsey & Dempsey Law Firm; Finn’s Food & Spirits; Hannibal Chiropractic & Wellness; Jason Utterback with American Family Insurance; Java Jive; Mark Twain Dinette; Ole Planters Restaurant; Scissors and B&B Haircare; and YOUnique Art Studio.
— By Ashley Szatala