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WellPet helps out for back to school in Tewksbury

TEWKSBURY — “We’ve collected backpacks and school supplies since 2016,” said Alicia Amico, Front Of­fice Coordinator for WellPet in Tewksbury.

“We remember the anticipation of waiting for the school bus and want all children to have their backpacks fully stocked for a new school year” she added, re­ferring to the employees at the natural pet food company, whose passion is bettering the community where its employees work and live.

According to Amico, herself a board member of the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library, WellPet recognizes the importance of volunteering and “giving back to the world we share with our pets.”

The company is family owned and is the top-rated natural pet food company in the country.

“We have many colleagues who have friends and family members who are teachers and we know that often teachers pay for student supplies out of their own pockets,” said Amico.

The company recently held a back to school supply drive internally and donated three large boxes to Tewksbury schools.

Along with the WellPet Foundation which financially supports non-profit organizations that encourage heal­thy pet lifestyles, the company is active in the greater Tewks­bury area. Employees participate in an annual Em­ployee Volunteer Day in Sep­tember and this year will volunteer at six non-profit sites.

Projects will include caring for shelter pets, landscaping, cleaning and serving meals to those less fortunate.  

“Employees are able to bond with other departments while working together on a common goal,” said Amico. 

Volunteers also take part in Operation Delta Dog’s Walk and Wag in November that helps raise funds for the training of service dogs to assist veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injur­ies. The company also helps hand out Thanks­giving baskets in Dracut through the Manolis Found­ation and has done so since 2014.

WellPet recently participated in Tewksbury’s Na­tion­al Night Out in early Au­gust and even though it was a hot, humid night at Tewks­bury Memorial High School, the employees enjoyed handing out dog treats and hearing from neighbors that remember the company factory when it was in Lowell.

The company makes pet food and dog and cat treats under the Wellness, Old Mother Hubbard, Holistic Select, Eagle Pack, Sojos and WHIMZEES brands. Company information states that its Wellness brand was the first to introduce a grain-free recipe for pet food to the market and the Old Mother Hubbard brand is the oldest brand in their line, introduced in 1926.

The company believes that feeding pets well is akin to feeding other family members well, and is an expression of love and caring. The supplies will go to the Loella F. Dewing Elemen­tary School, John W. Wynn Middle School, and North Street Elementary School in Tewks­bury.


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