Years ago a veterinarian friend told Bruce LaMarche about animal nutrition and what’s in –and not in – most pet foods. That experience led LaMarche to start home cooking meals for his pets. Now LaMarche is pleased to be able to help other families find high-quality, nutritious food in a convenient way through his new business – Pet Wants Whittier.
Pet Wants’ specially-crafted, private-label pet food formulas are made in small batches with fresh, natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet in every bowl, all made in the USA. Pet Wants Whittier has multiple blends of dog and cat food formulas as well as healing salve, calming balm, anti-itch spray, paw wax and more. Pet Wants Whittier is a mobile business that offers free, personal delivery to Whittier, South Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk and the surrounding communities.
LaMarche grew up in a small town in Southern Vermont and earned his BA in Accounting from the University of New England. In the early 1990s, he left the east coast and moved to Tucson, Arizona, to work for an AmeriCorps and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) project helping low-income Tucson residents get no-cost building supplies to maintain their properties and stay in their homes. While he was in Tucson, he met his wife, Margaret, and they moved to California in 2002 with their daughter, Maya. Until late 2020, LaMarche owned his own management and technical consulting services firm. He began looking for his next steps after his daughter graduated from college.
“I always knew I wanted to do something that spoke to me in a more meaningful way after helping our daughter get through college. She graduated last year and now I’m excited to be starting a new journey with Pet Wants,” LaMarche said. “I’m looking forward to owning Pet Wants Whittier because I know our products can enhance the lives of pets and families in my community.”