TEWKSBURY â âWeâve collected backpacks and school supplies since 2016,â said Alicia Amico, Front OfÂfice Coordinator for WellPet in Tewksbury.
âWe remember the anticipation of waiting for the school bus and want all children to have their backpacks fully stocked for a new school yearâ she added, reÂferring 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 âgiving back to the world we share with our pets.â
The company is family owned and is the top-rated natural pet food company in the country.
âWe 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,â 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 healÂthy pet lifestyles, the company is active in the greater TewksÂbury area. Employees participate in an annual EmÂployee Volunteer Day in SepÂtember 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. Â
âEmployees are able to bond with other departments while working together on a common goal,â said Amico.Â
Volunteers also take part in Operation Delta Dogâs Walk and Wag in November that helps raise funds for the training of service dogs to assist veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injurÂies. The company also helps hand out ThanksÂgiving baskets in Dracut through the Manolis FoundÂation and has done so since 2014.
WellPet recently participated in Tewksburyâs NaÂtionÂal Night Out in early AuÂgust and even though it was a hot, humid night at TewksÂbury 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 ElemenÂtary School, John W. Wynn Middle School, and North Street Elementary School in TewksÂbury.