Our Story

Our Story

It All Started With Joey…

Joey was an adorable lab/pointer mix puppy rescued from the humane society. He was a master at using his sad brown eyes and slobbery kisses to get anything he wanted. Joey was so persuasive, his human parents, Shelley Gunton and her husband Brian Connolly, started a pet food business just to keep him satisfied and healthy. (Like we said, this dog was good!)

That was 20 Years Ago

As natural & organic ingredients became more available, Brian and Shelley saw an opportunity to do better by making high quality, healthy food for dogs and cats. As pet parents, they understood how people truly consider their dogs and cats to be members of their family—and are always seeking better quality products for their pets. So they decided to do better and that was the beginning of Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks.

We Assembled a Team of Experts

We assembled a team of experts in animal nutrition, organic and natural ingredients, processing, packaging, distribution, veterinary medicine, and technology. And pet lovers- lots and lots of pet lovers. Our goal was to provide pet parents with healthy, safe, and innovative choices for their dogs and cats.

Commited to Feeding Pets in Need

In addition to being an innovator in natural and organic food and treats for dogs and cats, we are also committed to feeding pets in need. To date, we’ve served over 6 million meals to pets living in shelters and foster homes, and we partner with non-profit pet rescue organizations around the country through our PetWorks Partners program.

But we’re not satisfied yet. Nope. As long as there are dogs and cats in the world, we’ll be constantly looking for new ways to make their lives better through wholesome, organic and natural nutrition.

No one does
 natural & organic
like we do.

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The growth of innovation in food for pets

Timeline  

 2000  2003  2004  2006  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2015

In 2000, Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks was the first branded, premium quality line of natural specialty food and supplies for pets. ORGANIX, certified organic food and treats for dogs and cats, debuted in March 2003 and Natural Ultramix® was introduced in early 2004.

ORGANIX food and treats, the first and most complete line of organic pet food, launches in March.

Recognized as a recommended brand in Whole Dog Journal (and every year since)

Launched Natural Ultramix®

• Castor & Pollux is named in the INC. Top 500/5000 list for the third consecutive year, as one of the nation's fastest growing companies

• Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Cookies earn Editors' Choice Honor in Dog Fancy Magazine

Castor & Pollux is the first organic pet food sold in PetSmart stores

The first organic, grain free food for dogs is launched.

In 2012, Castor & Pollux was acquired by Merrick Pet Care, Inc. to further expand its pioneering efforts in natural and organic pet food. In addition to its own successful line of food and treats for pets, Merrick is the only U.S. manufacturer certified to make both dry and canned organic food for pets. During the spring of 2013, Castor & Pollux introduced 24 indulgent recipes for dogs and cats. The lineup now includes a new ORGANIX dry food for dogs, recipes for large breeds, five new ORGANIX Butcher & Buschel canned food for dog recipes, plus and array of appetizing new recipes for dogs and cats of all sizes and life stages. All Castor & Pollux foods for pets are made in the USA.

During the spring, Castor & Pollux introduced 24 indulgent recipes for dogs and cats. The lineup now includes a new ORGANIX dry food for dogs, recipes for large breeds, five new ORGANIX Butcher & Buschel canned food for dog recipes, plus an array of appetizing new recipes for dogs and cats of all sizes and life stages.

Organic freeze-dried raw bites is launched for both ORGANIX and Natural Ultramix.

2015

Organic freeze-dried raw bites is launched for both ORGANIX and Natural Ultramix.

2013

During the spring, Castor & Pollux introduced 24 indulgent recipes for dogs and cats. The lineup now includes a new ORGANIX dry food for dogs, recipes for large breeds, five new ORGANIX Butcher & Buschel canned food for dog recipes, plus an array of appetizing new recipes for dogs and cats of all sizes and life stages.

2012

In 2012, Castor & Pollux was acquired by Merrick Pet Care, Inc. to further expand its pioneering efforts in natural and organic pet food. In addition to its own successful line of food and treats for pets, Merrick is the only U.S. manufacturer certified to make both dry and canned organic food for pets. During the spring of 2013, Castor & Pollux introduced 24 indulgent recipes for dogs and cats. The lineup now includes a new ORGANIX dry food for dogs, recipes for large breeds, five new ORGANIX Butcher & Buschel canned food for dog recipes, plus and array of appetizing new recipes for dogs and cats of all sizes and life stages. All Castor & Pollux foods for pets are made in the USA.

2011

The first organic, grain free food for dogs is launched.

2010

Castor & Pollux is the first organic pet food sold in PetSmart stores

2009

• Castor & Pollux is named in the INC. Top 500/5000 list for the third consecutive year, as one of the nation's fastest growing companies

• Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Cookies earn Editors' Choice Honor in Dog Fancy Magazine

2006

Launched Natural Ultramix®

2004

Recognized as a recommended brand in Whole Dog Journal (and every year since)

2003

ORGANIX food and treats, the first and most complete line of organic pet food, launches in March.

2000

In 2000, Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks was the first branded, premium quality line of natural specialty food and supplies for pets. ORGANIX, certified organic food and treats for dogs and cats, debuted in March 2003 and Natural Ultramix® was introduced in early 2004.