Meet the Owners

I am Jennifer Tortoriello, the local owner of Pet Wants Wheaton. I have a passion for pets and an expertise in fresh, premium dog and cat food. As a longtime resident of Wheaton, I am delighted to share my expertise in pet nutrition and serve my community.

I have over a decade of experience in the corporate world of billing and accounts receivable. I am excited for this new journey of owning a small, local business, and to be doing it with my family.

My family and I first discovered Pet Wants as customers. After our dogs started eating Pet Wants fresh pet food, we noticed significant improvements in their energy levels and overall health. We invite anyone to schedule a customized 1:1 FREE Nutritional Consultation to learn more about what is in your pet’s current food and the benefits that a Pet Wants diet can provide to your dogs and cats.

Our recipes start with premium proteins like Salmon, Lamb, Beef, Chicken, Whitefish, Duck, and more. We keep our Pet Wants promise to never add by-products, fillers, sugar, corn, or soy. Our single ingredient treats and chews are made with the same high standards as our small-batch, fresh pet food formulas. We are enthusiastic about sharing our knowledge and love for pets with the community.

Tortoriello Family

Our Inspiration

Very simply, you and your pets inspire us to innovate.

Pet Wants was founded on the belief that mainstream, big-box store pet food wasn’t synonymous with nutrition or quality. So, we created a better option. Second to your veterinarian, our goal is to be your trusted resource in pet care.  From food and treats to skin relief, we earn that trust through transparency of ingredients and sourcing, a knowledgeable and caring staff, and a sincere passion to be the best and provide the best for you and your pet.

We are proud of what we do, and what our food and services do for your pet’s quality of life. If you have a story of how Pet Wants has helped your pet, or an idea you’d like to share, click here! We’d love to be inspired!

History of Pet Wants

Our founder, Michele Hobbs, started Pet Wants out of love and frustration. One of her beloved dogs suffered from painful skin allergies and, no matter what food they tried, her pet continued to suffer. Michele realized very quickly that national dog food brands were not fresh, they lacked complete nutrition and, most importantly, they were filled with dozens of non-nutritious ingredients and animal byproducts.

Michele decided to change that. She found a manufacturer and worked with them to formulate a custom pet food in small batches to be made fresh every month. Her animals loved the food — and so did the pets of all of her friends. Almost overnight, Pet Wants was born.