GreenAm_GoldThe Big Bad Woof is a community resource for companion animals and their guardians. We provide access to organic, holistic and premium raw diets, and a wide range of alternatives including holistic supplements for companion animals. We realize it is important to pet guardians that they that essential pet supplies that are good for their pet’s health and well being.

The Big Bad Woof is committed to providing nutritious foods for companion animals whether they are dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, or fish. Optimum nutrition in a companion animal’s diet will lead to a more fulfilling life for both animals and their guardians, with direct effects like better health over the animal’s life span, a lowered risk of disease, and more vitality. We offer premium, holistic, organic and raw foods for this reason.

We are dedicated to sustainable business practices including seeking out and carrying the best in eco-friendly pet supplies, Fair Trade items, and merchandise sourced from local and North American companies, with preference given to small manufacturers and minority owned companies. We make sure a toy is something that’s going to be fun, interactive, and playful, while also paying attention to quality and whether it fits our mission of socially responsible business practices. Whether a dog, cat or small mammal needs travel gear, supplements, chew toys or a winter jacket, we have the top of the line version and several more to choose from.
The Big Bad Woof partners several rescue organizations including the Humane Rescue Alliance, Greyhound Rescue, and the Animal Rescue Corps. We are also privileged to also work with smaller local and breed specific rescue organizations.

Adoption events are held at the stores regularly and we offer special discounts to new adopters, including a 10% discount to the adopting family on their 1st purchase. Several of our manfacturers, including Answers Pet Food, Blue Buffalo,  NULO, Pure Vita, Stella & Chewy’s, Weruva,  World’s Best Cat litter and Zignature also provide free products to new adopters.HRA Logo

The Big Bad Woof also holds WoofClinics  which are free in-store mini-workshops and paid off premise seminars which hosts a range of experts in the animal wellness and pet care industry. These are open to the community to help educate pet guardians on their pet’s health, training, nutrition and alternative healthcare options.

We believe in doing well by doing good, and embrace sustainable business practices.

The Big Bad Woof has a Green America Gold Certification, and was Maryland and the Nation’s 1st Registered Benefit Corporation!

We Are Passionate About…

Good Food
Shopping Local
Supporting Local Economies
Reducing our Carbon Pawprint
The Big Bad Woof Takoma

The Big Bad Woof Takoma

Our Locations

The Big Bad Woof Takoma

Our favorite pet food and supply store is a Green America green business. Other than having organic and eco-friendly products, The Big Bad Woof also offers fair trade items, and has merchandise sourced from local and North American companies, with preference given to small manufacturers. They also source bones from local farms. Check out a great video about the Big Bad Woof  (Live Green Network, Washington DC)

6960 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

(202) 291-2404

Mon – Fri 10am to 8pm |  Sat – Sun 10am to 6pm

The Big Bad Woof Hyattsville

“The Big Bad Woof has opened a store at the Hyattsville Arts District in Hyattsville, Maryland. Specializing in high quality pet foods, supplements and supplies, the company has introduced some new diets and treats as well as a new store design that incorporates green building details. For example, the wood used in the store’s displays are made from a mix of reclaimed red and white oak, while the ceramic tile floor features partially recycled contents. All The Big Bad Woof’s stores are Certified B Corporations.”

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Animal Wellness Magazine, Nov / Dec 2012

Additionally, The Big Bad Woof Hyattsville is the first registered Benefit Corporation in Maryland and the US.

5501 Baltimore Ave (@ Jefferson St), Hyattsville MD 20781

(301) 403-8957

Monday – Friday 11a – 8p | Saturday 10a – 7p | Sunday 11a – 6p

Our Team

Julie Paez

The Grand Poobah

Ms. Paez is currently the CFO and purchasing manager  of  The Big Bad Woof®

Ms. Paez is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with an AAS degree in fashion design.  Ms. Paez designed several clothing lines per year, and has 20 years retail experience in both large and small retail stores.

Prior to The Big Bad Woof®  Ms. Paez had 20 years experience in subsidized housing as District Manger overseeing multi-million dollar contracts for HUD and as a Property Manager responsible for multiple  properties each with budgets in excess of 2.5 million.

Pennye Jones-Napier

Alphawoof | Chief Driver

Ms. Jones-Napier is currently the Marketing Guru for The Big Bad Woof®

From 2000 – 2011, Ms. Jones-Napier is owner and managing director of the Washington DC firm, Triratna Design Group.  TDG was a high-end graphics and Web development company that provided identity branding, e-commerce applications and marketing expertise for companies on the Internet.  Ms. Jones-Napier also served on on the executive board of Old Takoma Business Association for 6 years.

She has 20 years experience as a gemologist/personal property appraiser in both wholesale and retail marketplaces. Ms. Jones-Napier also taught at New York University and George Washington University as an adjunct professor of Appraisal Studies.

Ms. Jones-Napier has worked in the retail and restaurant industries over a 30 year period.

Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of Think Local First DC and as a KIVA Zip Trustee.

Mark Vilandry, General Manager

 I grew up in New England and moved to DC about 12 years ago for a district manager position with IK Retail Group. My experience in the retail industry ranges from store management to a regional visual manager in the Midwest. Also, I have been a personal stylist and shopper for many clients in the DC Metro area. My strengths are sales/customer service, merchandising, and visuals. Most of my retail career is in fashion, over 26 years!
blob My love for animals has always been great since I was a kid, so I thought it to be time to follow what I love and get into the industry. I have much to learn specific to the product in the store but I hope you all find something to learn from me and my experiences.
Adding to my personal life I have 2 amazing K-9 daughters Sophie and Terra; they are both boxers. Terra is now in a wheelchair due to having DM (degenerative Myelopathy) but she is a true trooper.