Merrick Pet Care was founded over 30 years ago in Garth Merrick’s family kitchen in Hereford, Texas. That’s when Garth began home-cooking food for his dog to make sure she was eating the most wholesome and nutritious food possible.

Man with a brown dog licking his cheek

Built on a foundation of agility and rapid innovation, our company has evolved significantly over the years. We have a lot more recipes for dogs and cats and we also have a bigger team—but we still hold true to the vision and beliefs that started it all.

Wooden Merrick Sign

Our family of brands

To meet the needs of today’s pet parents, our premium portfolio includes Castor & Pollux, Zuke’s and Whole Earth Farms alongside our signature Merrick brand.

Merrick stands for superior nutrition and higher quality ingredients with recipes that deliver industry-leading levels of proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats for health benefits you can see.

Castor & Pollux reinforces our commitment to purposeful pet food with ORGANIX – the only complete line of USDA-certified organic pet food – and PRISTINE – the only complete line of pet food made with responsibly-sourced ingredients.

Whole Earth Farms offers pet parents an accessible natural brand of food for dogs and cats.

Zuke’s is a line of trail-tested treats that features our Mini Naturals product – the top-selling training treat in pet specialty.

Our Core Values

We will always stay true to our Hereford, Texas, roots. We are grateful for what we have, and for the hard work it took to get here. As we continue to grow, it’s important we remain faithful to the values that have guided our Merrick Pet Care team since 1988.

Arrow pointing up to the right on a brown circle background


We are passionate about being the best, and won’t settle for less. With an entrepreneurial spirit and foundation of agility, we will quickly innovate and do whatever it takes to craft the safest and highest-quality food for pets.


Strong teamwork is more important to us than individual successes. We are committed to owning our mistakes and celebrating our wins together as one team.

Shaking Hand Icon


We treat each other with respect and kindness, and expect every team member to act with integrity. We bond together and work hard to do what’s right – even when it’s not easy or popular.


As our Merrick family grows, we know it’s the team, communities and pets behind our food that matter most. To protect this family, we approach each and every day with an unwavering commitment to safety of our team and our products.

Hand holding a gift icon


We believe that everyone can, and should, make a difference. This attitude of service motivates us to help each other and contribute more than is asked to our Merrick family and community.

Get to Know Us!

Merrick Pet Care is not just a pet food company, we’re a family. All of our recipes are crafted with love in our Texas kitchen because we want the best food for our four-legged family members. As a leader in natural and organic pet food, we are constantly innovating and are committed to improving the lives of those we love most . . . our pets. If you want to get to know us, please follow us on LinkedIn. And, if you’re interested in joining the Merrick family, please visit our career page.