Free Mentoring

The SFRAW Mentoring Program promotes and develops two fundamental goals of the SFRAW Mission:

 "To cultivate a compassionate and informed community that educate, inspire, and support one another; To mentor through education about feeding whole fresh food diets to pets and Natural Rearing principles."

FOR SFRAW MEMBERS: New to feeding raw? Want to learn how to properly and easily prepare your dog's meals at home for FREE? Learn from an experienced raw feeding mentor with our ongoing Mentoring Program. This is a great opportunity for those SFRAW Members just getting started or new to feeding raw. To sign-up to participate, contact us ASAP at:

Sessions typically take place on Sunday mornings starting at 9AM (before we open).

Here's what one participant had to say about her experience,

"THANK YOU SO MUCH for providing this space and promoting this type of mentorship. I am super grateful I received your email and was able to attend. It was so helpful and I had such a great time. Cab is awesome/great! Gaining that knowledge helped alleviate some angst and anxiety I didn't even know I was feeling. I made their food last night, exactly how Cabernet showed me, and it was so much easier than what I was doing! And tonight, they get to the RMB for dinner. :) "

To sign-up to participate, email us ASAP at:

SFRAW Mentors are select members that have been involved with SFRAW for many years, and have been following a well-respected published diet program or Kasie/SFRAW’s guidelines for meals/diet program for at least 5-years, or have proven equivalent education, knowledge, and experience that puts them into this exclusive position for providing mentoring and guidance to other SFRAW members with less experience/knowledge.

Apprentices are fellow SFRAW members that are new to raw feeding and have an interest in learning more about how to make food for their animals at home, and are willing and able to provide labor to assist the Mentors in preparing and packaging Mentor’s own meals/diets at SFRAW.

Our Mentoring program has been established to achieve the following objectives:

1) to provide Mentors free use of the SFRAW warehouse facility to prepare & package their own animal’s meals

2) to provide Mentors with assistance in the form of labor frm participants

3) to provide an educational experience for members, so that they can confidently prepare foods for their animals at home by applying what they learned while working alongside Mentors;

4) to have fun while cultivating a community that educate, inspire, and support one another!

This is a FREE program, it is not a formal class. It is not open to the public.

Mentors will prepare a SFRAW approved menu and purchase all their own ingredients from SFRAW. Participants will not be making/preparing food for their own animals during these sessions, but are there to provide labor assistance to the Mentor in exchange for learning from them.

Mentors will schedule time when they are planning to make food and will announce this schedule to the membership where members can communicate directly to the Mentor to be considered as a participant. Dates & times for these sessions will take place when SFRAW is closed for regular business (not during regular business hours).

The Original SFRAW Mentor continues from the mountains (via Zoom): Cabernet Lazarus-Gavin (member since 2006) feeds her three healthy rescue dogs Blueberry, Skeeter & Kurana a home-prepared raw diet by diligently following the SFRAW/Kasie’s original diet program. She knows how to prepare appropriate raw meals & make safe bone selections for large, tiny and senior dogs. She has been an active member/volunteer for many years, frequently taking on a lead position when working with groups of volunteers at SFRAW. She has mad skills when it comes to food making – especially in terms of efficiency and precision. She’s an excellent cook, and has a deep appreciation and has developed a rather refined palate for healthy, whole foods & drink. She follows not only the SFRAW dietary principles and program, but also follows Natural Rearing protocols for her dogs and has been honing her skills as a classical homeopath under Dr. Wil Falconer's Vital Animals outstanding private program. Cabernet is a native San Franciscan that moved up to Yosemite several years ago, where she quickly spread the word about raw feeding to her mountain community and soon established a great group of SFRAW Members affectionatly referred to as the "Mountain Girls" - they make monthly orders which are generously transported up by her BOL. She spends a lot of time hiking with her husband, Martin & dog pack and knitting amazing things. In a past life she was a massuse, yoga instructor, ballroom dancer, saddle-seat equestrian, and is a trained singer who can belt out tunes like a professional on Broadway (really, it’s aaamazing!) She has solid skills & knowledge regarding dog behavior and training, too. Cabernet is funny, witty, sassy, and of course, very smart. She’s all around awesome and anyone that mentors under her will walk away with a song and a smile in their heart, and new set of skills and confidence in their food making abilities.

ELIGIBILITY: Any SFRAW member that is new to feeding raw may sign-up to participate. Please contact us at: or call us at: 415-225-0589.

We will put you in touch with oneof our mentors. They will coordinate with you to see if their schedule works for you and if it’s a good fit for you to work together.