As a long-time employee of Especially for Pets, Maria has been an important part of the company serving in various capacities. She currently manages the Acton store which she also helped open in 1999.
Maria is passionate about holistic health care for all animals. Her favorite part of the job is helping people find what best fits their pets’ needs. She feels strongly about the importance of educating people to feed their pets a variety of healthy foods.
Maria has helped foster and raise cats and kittens since 1994 with Guardian Angels Cat Rescue (formerly Kitty Angels). She enjoys spending her free time with her two dogs Raven, a nine-year old German Shepherd, Rosalina, a five-year old Pug, and her 12-year old cat, Sabrina. She has spent many years training Raven to search and find as a fun tool to exercise her mind. She nourishes and cares for her pets as she would care for herself. She loves animals and nature, and this is why she is a vegetarian.
Maria’s favorite quote is by Mohandas Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Matt joined Especially for Pets in Wayland in September 2010 and is currently assistant manager in Acton. He has two pugs, Oscar and Bella, who can often be seen wandering the store. Although this is his first job working with animals, he has been a life-long animal lover and dog owner. His favorite part of the job is meeting different animals and their owners. He also loves being able to educate and help customers make better and healthier choices for their pets.
Matt’s love of dogs can be seen both in and out of the store. At work, he helps facilitate events with dog and cat rescues, such as Pug Rescue of New England. In his free time, he is involved with Bark for Life, an American Cancer Society sponsored event to raise money for cancer research, awareness of the caregiver abilities dogs have, as well as awareness of cancer in dogs. The first Bark for Life event was held in Massachusetts in 2011. Matt is planning to get into fostering soon. When he is not working, Matt enjoys working on cars, biking, snowboarding, and summer road trips.
Cindy joined the Acton team as a groomer in August 2011. She started her grooming career in 1995 after earning a certificate from The New England Institute of Pet Grooming and owned her own grooming shop in Chelmsford, Shiny Coats Pet Care, from 1996 until 2007. Cindy truly loves what she does for a living, and takes tremendous pride in her work. She especially enjoys working with elderly dogs, and nervous ones as well and helping them work through the fear of grooming. Cindy takes a sincere interest in her clients and loves to answer their grooming questions, as well as teach them how to brush and care for their dogs at home. Although she has a long commute, she doesn't mind “because it is such a wonderful place to work and it is like a big family!” In her free time, she loves hiking with her dogs and attending doggie playgroups. Cindy is the proud owner of three wonderful dogs. Her eldest, a Boston Terrier named Tilly, still goes on two or three mile hikes regularly! Her middle one is Knuckles, a Shebeagadoodle, and his younger brother is Frank, a Jack Russell mix. Both of them are rescues.