In Portland, animal owners are so enamored with their pets that the Rose City is home to organizations specializing in care services for dogs of homeless folks, a bazillion* dog parks, and a number of non-profits committed to animal welfare and abuse prevention. So it comes as no surprise that Portland is also home to an abundance of pet shops. The following ten pet stores are a cut above the rest. * Gross overestimation, but you get the idea.
Pets on Broadway proves nostalgic for me with the rows of fish tanks and bird displays, like the pet shops of my childhood. However, two clever ideas at Pets of Broadway bring me back to contemporary times: bird food available in bulk, and cats for sale borrowed from the Oregon Human Society to promote adoption. Pets on Broadway is the best of both times.
A pet in Bridge City would not be a true Portlander without being named after an inanimate object or a Modest Mouse lyric. Add to that list a dedicated owner who shops at Furever Pets. Be tempted to play with the cat toys, imagine your dog, Shelf, in one of the Union Jack sweaters, then buy a bag of organic pet food and know just how lucky you and Shelf are to have one another.
Green Dog Pet Supply cares so much about your Fido or feline that they allow you take home food samples. Test out different brands (and they stock a lot of different brands) to see which sits the best with your pet.
If you love your dog too much to give him Alpo, Healthy Pets is your oasis. They have an especially unique option for dog treats: buy in bulk and mix and match by the pound.
Salty's cares as much for your cat & pooch as you do, and they show it through little touches: organic dog treats & cooling pools out front.
In addition to the normal pet shop supplies (leashes, bedding, costumes), Fang & Feather stocks earth-friendly toys and a brand of raw food for dogs with particular diets.