FORM 3
        
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * Walker John D. III 2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (MM/DD/YYYY)
2/9/2021 

3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO [CENT]
(Last)       (First)       (Middle)
1340 TREAT BOULEVARD, SUITE 600
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)_____ Director                          _____ 10% Owner
___X___ Officer (give title below)        _____ Other (specify below)
President, Garden Consumer Pro /
(Street)
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-7578      
(City)             (State)             (Zip)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(MM/DD/YYYY)
 

6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Class A Common Stock  96280 (1) D   
Units - Class A Common Stock  7586 (2) I  By 401(k) Plan 

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(MM/DD/YYYY)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (3) 1/29/2022  Class A Common Stock  19500  $13.82  D   
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (4) 1/20/2023  Class A Common Stock  14690  $30.94  D   
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (5) 1/19/2024  Class A Common Stock  14450  $36.70  D   
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (6) 2/13/2025  Class A Common Stock  22285  $27.20  D   
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   (7) 2/10/2026  Class A Common Stock  21053  $28.50  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Includes 19,650 restricted shares of Class A Common Stock granted on December 4, 2018, which shares will vest annually in one-third increments and be exercisable beginning on December 4, 2021; and 70,175 restricted shares of Class A Common Stock granted on February 10, 2020, which shares will vest annually in one-fourth increments and be exercisable beginning on February 10, 2023.
(2)  The units represent interests in the CENTA Stock Fund in the Issuer's 401(k) Plan, which consist of shares of CENTA stock and cash.
(3)  Options were granted January 29, 2016, of which 6,500 have vested and have been exercised; and the remaining 19,500 shares have vested and are exercisable.
(4)  Options were granted January 20, 2017, of which all 14,690 have vested and are exercisable.
(5)  Options were granted January 19, 2018, of which 10,837 have vested and are exercisable; and the remaining 3,613 shares shall vest and be exercisable on January 19, 2022.
(6)  Options were granted February 13, 2019, of which 5,571 have vested and are exercisable; and the remaining shall vest and be exercisable as follows: 5,571 on February 13, 2021 and on February 13, 2022; and 5,572 on February 13, 2023.
(7)  Options were granted February 10, 2020 and shall vest and be exercisable as follows: 5,263 on February 10, 2021, on February 10, 2022; and on February 10, 2023; and 5,264 on February 10, 2024.

Remarks:
Exhibit 24.1 Power of Attorney.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Walker John D. III
1340 TREAT BOULEVARD
SUITE 600
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-7578


President, Garden Consumer Pro

Signatures
/s/John D. Walker 2/9/2021
**Signature of Reporting Person Date