October 17, 2011


Tour of Arlington’s Petmate® Facility is Enlightening

City Council Member Sheri Capehart and city staff recently went on a field trip to tour Arlington’s Petmate®  manufacturing and assembly facility located in the I-20 Business Corridor. Petmate’s Arlington campus currently employs 580 people, with a total of 629 employees between its Arlington and Mansfield locations. Committed to the well-being of pets and the world in which they live, Petmate® is one of the world’s largest suppliers of portable kennels, shelters, litter management products, feeding and watering products, pet toys, collars and leashes. Visiting the Petmate® corporate offices has resulted in big rewards for the homeless shelter animals in Arlington. Many Arlington Animal Services animals have had the opportunity of modeling for Petmate® products, six of which were subsequently adopted into the loving homes of some Petmate® employees over the past year.

As Executive Vice President of Operations Rich Daugherty guided the tour through an enormous 700,000 square foot warehouse and a 300,000 square foot manufacturing plant, it was evident that Petmate® strives to sustain eco-friendly operations by preserving natural resources through recycling and waste reduction.

Council Member Capehart presented an award of appreciation from the City of Arlington to Petmate® for their generous support of Arlington Animal Services through regular product donations.

Animal Services is grateful for the ongoing support and donations of kennels for pet condos, animal beds, and pet toys that improve the comfort level of shelter animals and enhance their lifestyle and living accommodations.

At the conclusion of the tour, Petmate® presented a few pet toys from their whimsical Fat Cat brand as gifts for the shelter animals. Heartfelt compassion for animals was expressed by Petmate® employee Christina Quezada, who shared with enthusiasm, that their staff enjoys working in an environment where pets—including the recently adopted dogs and cats from Arlington Animal Services—are always welcome.

The Petmate® family of brands includes Petmate®, Aspen Pet®, Booda®, Bamboo®, Fat Cat® and Kennel-Aire®. You can explore all of Petmate’s brand names at Petmate.com, fatcatinc.com and bamboopet.com.

For more information, please contact Community Services Educator Chris Huff at Chris.Huff@ArlingtonTX.gov or call Chris at 817-459-6269.


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