Hot Diggity! Chilly Dawgz Scores National ‘Top Vegan Dog’ Award for Vegan Chilly Cheez Dawg

For Immediate Release:
July 13, 2023

Brittney Williams 202-483-7382

Thomasville, Pa. – PETA scoured the country for the Top 10 Vegan Dogs that kick meaty dogs’ buns—and local eatery Chilly Dawgz won a top spot for its deliciously craveable Vegan Chilly Cheez Dawg.

Chilly Dawgz—owned by Angie and Chris Wooters, Mary Rush, and Shaun Clem—dishes up an array of gourmet vegan dog offerings, including its classic Vegan Dawggie and its Vegan Chicago Dawggie, complete with bright green Chicago relish and Chicago sport peppers. The award-winning Vegan Chilly Cheez Dawg consists of a flavorful animal-free frank heaped with house-made chili and a liberal scattering of vegan cheese shreds.

“The Vegan Chilly Cheez Dawg is a chill twist on a summertime classic and the perfect animal-friendly answer to any comfort food craving,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the award wieners on PETA’s national Top 10 list prove that compassion is a delicious business.”

Chilly Dawgz will receive a framed certificate from PETA in honor of its culinary achievement. The other top dogs receiving the group’s recognition are the Rad Dawg at Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck (Portland, Maine), the Scarecrow at The Frankenstand (Los Angeles), the Bahn Me Dawg at Pingala Cafe (Burlington, Vermont), the Big Daddy Special at Kale My Name (Chicago), the Vegan Buffalo Blu at Sporty Dog Creations (Baltimore), the Vegan Italian Warsaw at The Wienery (Minneapolis), the Coney Dog at VEG-N (Lansing, Michigan), the Chicago Hot at Doggystyle (Sarasota, Florida), and the Vegan at Wiener Kitchen (Overland Park, Kansas).

In addition to saving nearly 200 animals every year, each person who goes vegan reduces their own risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and shrinks their carbon footprint.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and offers a free vegan starter kit on its website. For more information, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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