Raising Cane’s. Perhaps you’ve seen them around town. Since 2010, Raising Cane’s has been serving the finest chicken tenders to its San Antonio patrons. What you may not know is that Raising Cane’s does more than serve food. As the pictures of a yellow labrador surrounding each store hint at, Raising Cane’s has a unique passion for helping the pet community. We had the chance to talk about Raising Cane’s unique way of giving back to the communities it serves with General Manager, Fry Cook & Cashier Matthew Neurich.
It's not common for a restaurant business to be so involved in the pet community. What drives Raising Cane's towards being so active and involved?
Our company name comes from our founder’s yellow Labrador, so as a company we are committed to supporting local pet welfare initiatives, with specific attention to no-kill initiatives. This has attracted many unique employees with a personal interest in pet welfare, so Cane’s Crewmembers enjoy working in various ways to support adoption efforts throughout the city.
What are some of the community events that your business has been a part of?
We work closely with the Rampage and Stars to present two in-arena adoption days. All adoption organizations are invited to showcase adoptable pets and related services during a featured game. Fans are also invited to bring their four-legged family members to enjoy the game! We will be at Perrito Grito this year, and also attend various community pet-focused events throughout the year. We also sell an annual Fiesta medal, with 100% of proceeds given to a local pet welfare organization. Last year we donated $5,000 to San Antonio Pets Alive! We also sponsor the Fiesta Pooch Parade in Alamo Heights and the Schertz Doggy Dash. Each year, we sell a limited edition plush puppy each holiday season for local pet welfare organizations.
Why is it so important for local business to take an interest in the betterment of the community? Have you seen that drive positively affect the morale of your staff?
Beyond pet welfare initiatives, we also support community organizations that focus on education, entrepreneurship, feeding the hungry, or active lifestyles. We also work with health care organizations (cancer research, etc.) and faith-based organizations. We consider ourselves to be members of the communities we serve, not just a business operating inside it. This drives us to support the organizations that provide vital services and work to improve the lives of our neighbors and Customers.
Do you have any pets of your own? If so, can you tell us more about them?
No I don't have any pets besides a fish. I am currently looking to adopt a dog.
What else would you like for our readers to know about Raising Cane's?
You can visit us at CanesandCommunity.com to request support for your organization.
Our interview took place at Raising Cane’s at The Rim (17518 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78257). I couldn’t help but notice the fun atmosphere on display at the restaurant. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming. I observed Matt switching job duties on the fly, from greeting customers, to working the drive-thru, to taking orders at the front cash register. His positive attitude and interactions with his team no doubt play a large factor in the happy morale for the employees at Raising Cane’s.