History of Pet Expertise

A History of Pet Expertise


January 8, 1894: 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 name is changed to Ralston Purina in 1902.


Purina® Dog Chow® becomes the first pet food that is made using a technology called extrusion to form distinctive shapes that are known as “kibble” today.


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.


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


PawsWay, Event Center at Toronto Harbourfront Centre dedicated to the understanding and celebration of pets. It the first place in the world where pets, owners and pet lovers can come together to enjoy exhibits and events.


Purina establishes the first pet nutrition and care center at Purina Farms near Gray Summit, Missouri, to confirm the palatability and nutrition of its pet foods. It has since evolved into the Nestlé Purina Pet Care Center in Northwest Missouri.


Purina introduces Purina® Cat Chow® to help feed a growing population of American housecats.


Purina develops an innovative process that makes it possible to use real meat as the #1 ingredient in kibble, and launches Purina Pro Plan®, the first brand of pet food to do so.


Ralston sells the Purina Mills animal feed business so that Purina can focus on dog and cat food.


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


Purina exceeds $30,000,000 in annual investments across the company in pet welfare and pet communities.