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 make 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. That was the beginning of Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks.
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.
Launching 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.
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 both dry and canned organic food for pets. Merrick's kitchens now make Castor & Pollux' 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.
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 4 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. And no one does natural like we do.