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Meet Our Bakers

The bakery team for Wagster Treats is composed of graduates from Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a nonprofit training program for low-income and homeless adults operated by Homeward Bound of Marin.


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Dalaina has a dual role as both a baker and an ambassador for Wagster Treats. She spends most of her time in the kitchen but also makes visits to our vendors or special events. She loves knowing that the all-natural ingredients are good for dogs, vegan and cruelty-free. “I’m a vegan and I am thrilled that we don’t use meat in Wagster dog treats,” she says.

Before her training at Fresh Starts Culinary Academy and her work at Wagster Treats, Dalaina was homeless, jobless, and living in her car. “Being able to work for a nonprofit that helped me in my time of need and being able to support development of a product like this is fabulous. I also have housing very close to our production kitchens, so that’s wonderful too. This is the first time that I have ever had my own place, and getting trained by professional chefs, and then securing a job right away – this has been life-changing for me.”