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Al's Pals: A Pet Treat Business with a Heart, Spreading Smiles and Creating Opportunities


"Down syndrome: It doesn’t mean I’m down. It means I help people who are feeling down. My smiles are contagious. My laugh is medicine for the heart. My hugs are heavenly. My heart itself is pure gold.” These are the words that accurately describe Alex, a young man with Down syndrome and the inspiration behind Al's Pals, a pet treat business that is breaking barriers and changing perceptions.

At Al's Pals, the mission is two-fold: providing the highest quality pet treats and products for pet parents, and creating opportunities for Alex and others like him. As parents of a child with special needs, Alex's family knows firsthand the challenges of finding meaningful job opportunities for young adults with Down syndrome.

The Birth of Al's Pals

The idea for Al's Pals was born out of a desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, while also fueling Alex's passion for animals. What began as a small-scale, home-based operation in 2020 soon grew into a thriving business, offering a wide range of pet treats and products that both pets and their parents love.

A Platform for Opportunity and Inclusivity

Al's Pals has always been about more than just pet treats; it's about providing a platform for Alex to develop essential life skills and fostering a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Through the daily tasks of running the business, Alex has honed his social, work, and reasoning skills. As a result, he has become an incredible ambassador for inclusivity and opportunity for individuals with Down syndrome.

Spreading the Word

Al's Pals has rapidly garnered widespread recognition, both within the local community and far beyond. The heartwarming video featuring Alex and his dad has amassed over a million views, propelling their message into the spotlight. Alex has been interviewed by the local CBS affiliate in his hometown, featured in various magazines, and connected with organizations keen to share his story. In 2021, Alex even had the honor of meeting the governor of Missouri. With thousands of social media followers and a steadily growing audience, the impact of Al's Pals cannot be overstated. These accomplishments not only contribute to the growth of their business but also play a crucial role in dismantling stereotypes and offering a glimpse into the lives of individuals with Down syndrome – the world's most common genetic condition.

Support Al's Pals and Their Vision

By choosing to shop with Al's Pals, you're not only supporting a small business that offers high-quality pet treats and products but also contributing to a vision of inclusivity and opportunity for all. By giving young adults like Alex a chance to excel and showcase their abilities, Al's Pals is helping to change the minds of people in how they view Down syndrome, one treat at a time!

Here's Alex's original video from 2020.

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Candee Edwards - June 12, 2023

Alex, let me start by telling you HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂
As you started your business I was there and I love all that you do the boxes writing your name on ALL the paper work that we all get in our boxes. You are a strong 💪 young man , KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK WITH ALL THE LOVE YOU GIVE TO YOUR PETS AND MINE AND OTHER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS KEEP IT COMING!!!!💚🧡🧡🧡💛🧡🧡💚

Cheryl Weaver - June 12, 2023

Thank you for the happy video message. I truly enjoyed seeing you both laughing and having a great time making this presentation! I have two big black Labs who enjoy your Cheese and Bacon Crunchy Hearts! Thank you so much for the opportunity to purchase quality products at a reasonable price! Kudos to you and keep up the great service you provide!

Jill Rickard - June 12, 2023

Love my monthly box and loved reading this to learn more about how it all started. I’ve had a subscription I think since 2020 (maybe 2021) that I replaced my Bark Box subscription with. Though I liked Bark Box, it has always seemed more personal to work with and support Al’s Pals with your online presence and live chats. As a former teacher and the mom of a SpEd teacher who works with the Center Based program for students 18-21, I am also proud to support a young man and his family who are doing so much to raise awareness about Downs. Keep up the great work!

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