CAMDEN — While most kids spent hot summer days cooling off in one of the area’s beautiful lakes, local Lincolnville/Camden boy, Finn Bennett, spent them on a mission to make a difference.

Chef Finn Bennett, and helper, at work.

 

Bennett took the entrepreneurial skills he learned in his business class at his boarding school in England (Millfield School) and started a dog biscuit company called Bone Appetite. Admittedly not very well-versed in the kitchen, he sought expertise from a family friend, who is also a local Camden dog owner and chef, in order to create the perfect recipe. After getting the “paw” of approval from his own picky dogs, Bennett worked with local Camden businesses to strategically place the treats at their front counters. The fee? Free. The only ask was for a donation to PAWS in exchange for each pack of elegantly wrapped biscuits.

“Although I established Bone Appetite because I wanted to understand the mechanics of starting and running a small business, I knew that I wanted to give back to my local community and have the proceeds go to charity,” said Bennett. “I chose PAWS because I volunteered there at age thirteen, and I knew PAWS was heavily impacted by COVID and needed support to fund new projects.”
Throughout the summer the dog treats were stocked and re-stocked, sometimes getting snatched up within the day. Donations were given and dogs left happy. By the end of the summer, $2,000 was raised by Bennett’s hard work and kindness within the Camden community, all for PAWS.

From left are shelter co-directors, Meghan Austin and Stephanie Smit, Bone Appetite owner, Finn Bennett and PAWS Adoption Center Executive Director Shelly Butler.

“Finn is an exceptional young man and his generosity and passion for helping the animals is humbling,” said Shelly Butler, PAWS’ Executive Director. “Because of his project, dozens of dogs and cats will receive necessary veterinary care and be spayed and neutered so they can live a happy, healthy life.”

For more information about PAWS, to become a volunteer, or to donate, visit pawsadoption.org.