(Newton, Massachusetts) Especially for Pets, a Massachusetts pet food and supply company with stores located in Acton, Medway, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland and Westborough (winner of 1999 Retailer of the Year by the Retailer’s Association of Massachusetts) is proud to announce Lauren Cordeiro as 2005 Employee of the Year.


Lauren Cordeiro of Westford has never missed a day of work since she was hired at Especially for Pets in Acton. Lauren received this award of excellence for several reasons including her exemplary attendance record, self-motivation, and her ability to consistently exceed customer service expectations. Lauren takes great pride in the Acton store by continually thinking of ways to improve the store including a gallery behind the cash wrap featuring photographs of customers’ animals.

Stacey Jacob, Especially for Pets store manager of Acton said:  “Lauren’s product knowledge is amazing. She has researched the ingredients in most of our foods and can tell our customers all about the contents. Lauren knows everything about small animals including their nutrition, illnesses, habitats, and exercise. Many of our customers come in and ask for her specifically. I haven’t heard a question she cannot answer.”    .

In her free time, Lauren volunteers with various rescue organizations. Most importantly, Lauren loves all animals. Lauren treats every animal that walks in the door as if he is the most special pet in the world. “Lauren exemplifies the Especially for Pets mission: knowledgeable employees, outstanding customer service, and a passion for pets said Michael DiTullio, President and Owner of Especially for Pets. It gives me great pleasure to recognize Lauren’s achievements.”

Especially for Pets, founded in Newton, MA 17 years ago, is the store created by pet lovers for pet lovers offering only the most pet friendly products and services. They offer grooming, dog training, and educational seminars and serve as a resource for pet adoption and rescue services information. Especially for Pets’ Natural Division offers a selection of natural products and boasts products such as raw diets, natural supplements and treats. For more information on Especially for Pets, visit www.especiallyforpets.com..