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Roxanne Stone and Jacqueline Hill Announce Their Resignations from Answers Pet Food

The founders expressed gratitude and appreciation for their many supporters in the raw pet food community.




Roxanne Stone and Jacqueline Hill, founders and executives of Answers Pet Food, released a statement Thursday officially announcing their resignations from the company. This follows Billy Hoekman’s April 30 Instagram post stating his exit from Answers and a May 3 response from the company’s CEO, Keith Hill.

Stone and Hill sent the following statement to PETS+:

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce our resignation from Answers Pet Food.

We leave the company with a heartfelt gratefulness to all the incredible, dedicated, conscientious, passionate humans and their animal companions that made this venture and upward movement in the raw pet food industry possible.

We sincerely appreciate the support, education and commitment from all those involved in bringing nutrient-dense, functional, beneficial, raw foods to our companion animals. We further send our appreciation to the devoted, hardworking farmers and tireless volunteers who collaborate and advocate for raw foods for our companion animals. We continue to be filled with the passion and desire to help animals and their caretakers, and we look forward to the possibilities the future may bring. We appreciate the patience and consideration that all our amazing customers, retailers, veterinarians and distributors have afforded us at this difficult time.


Jacqueline Hill and Roxanne Stone

The exit of Hoekman, Hill and Stone has created a flurry of speculation and concern among independent pet retailers who sell Answers products. We have asked Hill and Stone what the future holds for them and will report back any information they share.




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