About Purina

A Company of Pet Lovers

Nourishing Pets. Enriching Lives.

For over 80 years, we've been guided by the belief that pets and people are better together.

The reason we're so invested in the quality of our food is because we love pets as much as you do.  You'll find pets in our homes, and even sitting by our feet as we work in our offices.

Our passion for pets goes beyond pushing pet nutrition forward, and into forging partnerships in the pet welfare world and raising awareness of what pets truly need.  After all, we've seen firsthand how powerful the bond with a pet can be, and the many unique ways that pets can strengthen our families and bring our communities closer.

Because we want dedicated and passionate employees on our team, we make sure that Purina is a great place to work.  You can tell from the moment you walk in the door that our world revolves around pets, whether you're seeing the art on the walls or the many cats and dogs that employees bring to work every day.

Recently, Glassdoor.com ranked Purina No. 3 on their 2015 Best Places to Work--an Employees' Choice Award list.  For eight consecutive years, we've been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as the "Best Place to Work" and for the past three years, Purina has been recognized as te best place to work in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  We're proud of the fact that we help make our employees happy.

Our quest to drive pet nutrition forward and conduct industry-leading research on the wellbeing of pets pushes our company to do more year after year.  We work hard for your pets every day, and we love doing it.

"We are proud that for over 80 years, we've provided value to our consumers by providing high-quality, nutritious pet products that can help enrich their pets' lives."

Purina Through The Years
William H. Danforth

William H. Danforth, partnering with George Robinson and William Andrews, enters the business of feeding farm animals by founding the Robinson-Danforth Commission Company. The names is changed to Ralston Purina in 1902.

Pets for Seniors

Purina's decades-long support for pet welfare organizations takes on the name Pets for People.  Pets for People has since grown to become a network of nearly 6,000 pet welfare organizations across the country.  The program later created Pets for Seniors, which partners with 150+ shelters nationwide to provide senior citizens with reduced costs for pet adoptions.

Hypoallergenic Canine Formula

Purina Veterinary Diets introduces HA-Hypoallergenic Canine Formula.  Through use of a protein isolate, this first-ever hypoallergenic diet brings relief to digs with food allergies.

Canine Reference Family DNA

Purina establishes the world's first and only Canine Reference Family DNA Distribution Center, providing assistance to top researchers mapping the canine genome.

DM Feline Formula

Veterinarians can now manage diabetic cats through a first-of-its-kind diet using high protein and low carbohydrates:  Purina Veterinary Diets DM-Dietetic Management Feline Formula.

Second Nature Dog Litter

After more than four years of rigorous research into canine instincts, Purina secondnature dog litter finally provides dogs with the convenience cats and their owners have always enjoyed.

Nestle Acquires Ralston Purina

December 12th, 2001:  Nestle acquires Ralston Purina, helping to expand the availability of Purina products to pets and pet owners all over the world.

Joint Mobility Formula

Purina is the first to apply molecular-level nutrition to a therapeutic diet by developing a food for dogs suffering from arthtritis:  Purina Veterinary Diets JM-Joint Mobility Canine Formula.


Purina Veterinary Diets offers the first probiotic nutritional supplement that is also highly palatable and convenient to use.  Veterinary clinics nationwide embrace Fortiflora Nutritional Supplement.

Purina Event Center

The Purina Event Center, a 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is designed for the needs of dogs and their owners, it featuring a padded floor for comfort and safety and over 150 dog grooming stations.

Annual Investments

Purina exceeds $10,000,000 in annual investments across the company in pet welfare and pet communities.

LightWeight Litter

Purina developed the revolutionary Tidy Cats Lightweight, which is half the weight of typical clumping cat litter and 99.9% dust-free.

Just Right Launch

Purina launches first-of-its-kind personalized dog food line Just Right, which pairs a pet owner's firsthand knowledge of their dog with our pet nutrition expertise to create a custom personalized dog food that is sent right to their door.