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Why The Animal Store Pet Club is Key

Pet Club Key Tag return photo


The Animal Store Pet Club is the key to lots of discounts on top of our regular low prices, plus special deals throughout the year for Pet Club members.

But that’s not the only reason to join. A customer lost a set of keys many months ago. Someone found the keys, dropped them in a mail box and they were returned to The Animal Store. We then contacted our very happy customer and were able to return the keys. Now that’s pretty sweet.

Here’s the scoop on the key advantages to joining The Animal Store Pet Club:

  • 10% discounts on merchandise
  • 10% discounts on fish and live plants
  • extra savings on high use items
  • extended warranties
  • special “Pet Club” promotions
  • low price guarantee

FAQ Friday 1: Can I volunteer at The Animal Store?

Yes, we have a volunteer program at The Animal Store called the Jr. Critter Crew. Here are a few facts:

  • You must be at least 11 years old to be a volunteer.
  • If you are between 11 and 17 years old, you must come in with a parent or guardian to learn about being a volunteer, sign a waiver, and get a tour of the store.
  • A volunteer’s primary responsibility is to socialize the birds. You will:

– Learn about their habits, food and care.
– Hold, play with, and carry them around the store to get them used to people.
– Show them to interested customers.

  • Sometimes volunteers work with other small animals to socialize them.

If you love animals, want to play with them, and are kind and responsible, then you might be a perfect person to join the Jr. Critter Crew. Fill out the form on our home page for more information.

Our animal experts speak Spanish

(Note: The Animal Store blog is “written” by our spokesfish, Ernie the Giant Gourami.)

So, did you know we speak Spanish here at The Animal Store. And by we, I don’t mean Kenn. As Kenn says, English is his second language, he doesn’t have a first. Luckily, he was smart enough to hire Yussel, who speaks fluent Spanish.

Yussel is our store manager. She loves animals and knows a lot about us. She really likes the birds (don’t ask me why; everyone knows that fish are much cuter than birds), but she knows her way around the fish aisle, too … and the small animals … and the reptiles. She’s not afraid of anything, either. I’ve even seen her pick up the scorpions and tarantulas right in her hand. You won’t catch my fins anywhere near a scorpion.

Be sure to say hola to Yussel the next time you visit. And remember, our animals are all fluent in the only language that really counts — the language of love.

The Spanish version of this post appears directly below this one.

Going on Vacation? We Board Pets

Summertime is here, which often means traveling away from home for a summer vacation. But before you hit the road, board a plane or hop a train, let us help you make sure you have a safe environment for your pet while you are away.

The Animal Store offers boarding services for your bird, reptile or small animal. Call or emailus today to find out more information or to make a reservation. Bring your own cage, or use one of ours. We can even clip your bird’s wings or trim your pets nails while your gone.

The Art of Reef Tanks

Today on NPR’s Science Friday, Ira Flatow and producer Flora Lichtman interviewed Joseph Yaiullo, co-founder of Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, NY. Yaiullo has been keeping reef tanks since 1987; he shared some tips and tricks on the art of reef-tank keeping.

Reef tanks aren’t for beginning fish hobbyists, as they can be time consuming and expensive, but as we hear on the podcast, they can also be addictive. Ira Flatow is a self-admitted “reef-geek”, and Yaiullo said he coined the word “coralholic” years ago when he realized the depth of his addiction. You’ll also get to hear how science and hobbyists are working together to learn more about the habitats and habits of coral reef systems and how to protect them.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a reef-tank keeper, we have a one-of-a-kind offer to get one lucky hobbyist started. We have a floor model 29-gallon Biocube system and stand with live rock and coral ready to go out the door. The Biocube is a complete system that includes:

  • dual filter intakes to draw aquarium water from the surface and mid-water for improved water circulation and filtration.
  • replaceable 2-stage filter cartridge provides easy-to-maintain mechanical and chemical filtration.
  • bio-ball wet/dry filtration system improves gas exchange and provides efficient biological filtration.
  • UL-Listed submersible pumps.
  • comprehensive aquarium lighting system with Coralife compact fluorescent lighting, Lunar Blue-Moon-Glow LEDs, and dual cooling fans integrated into the hood.
  • individual power cords for timers to create custom light schedules.
  • curved glass front corner for a panoramic aquarium view.
  • attractive black wooden two-door stand.

This is an unbelievable deal — a $1,800 value for just $900. We have only one available, so if a reef tank is your dream, come and get it.

The video below, also courtesy of Science Friday, is of Justin Muir, founder of City Aquarium and “aquarists to the stars”, takes us fancy fish shopping.

Traveling Animal Show

Are you having a block party?
A church or school event? I can bring the Traveling Animal Show to you for your next party or promotion. These are just a few photos from the fifth grade farewell party at my son’s school. The kids and the adults loved learning about and interacting with the animals.

My program is completely customizable depending on  your needs.  The animals I bring are from The Animal Store, some are permanent residents, some are for sale — all have been handled frequently by me and my staff. For more information, email me or call 847-675-5133. Ask for Kenn.

Summer Travel with Pets

Believe it or not, there are only 13 days until Memorial Day — the start of the summer travel season. In this economy, some families may be scaling back on their travel plans — taking shorter vacations, staying closer to home, driving instead of flying.

Whatever your travel plans may be, you need to make plans for your pet before you go. Here at The Animal Store, we have a variety of ways to help.

Did you know that we can board a variety of animals right here at the store — including birds, small animals and reptiles? Whether you’ll be gone for a few days or a few weeks, we’ll take care of your pet while you’re gone. Click here to email us for more information or boarding rates.

For those who prefer to take their pets along, we have carriers of all sizes to make traveling easier and more comfortable for you and your pet. The Animal Store wants to help make traveling with your pet more financially comfortable, too, so just mention the Summer Travel post and get a whopping 30% off any pet carrier*.

We’ve also added a handy little widget to our blog’s left-hand sidebar that will help you identify pet-friendly hotels along your travel route. Bookmark our site so you can access the widget anytime you travel with your pet.

Don’t forget to add a trip to The Animal Store to your summer itinerary. Hope to see you soon.

*Offer good on white tags only and valid through June 5, 2009.

We’re Thankful for You!

Reminder: The Animal Store will be
Closed on Thanksgiving

We will reopen at our regular time, 10 a.m., on Friday, November 28. In honor of the holiday, we would like to thank you, our customers, with a special weekend promotion. Just mention this Traveling Turkey post and get:

25% off your entire purchase*
Friday, Saturday and Sunday only

Take advantage of this unprecedented deal as you begin your holiday shopping. We have pets for gifts and gifts for pets. We also offer gift cards* in any denomination — this is a great suggestion for far-away relatives of a pet-loving family.

Animal Boarding at The Animal Store

Are you going away for Thanksgiving or the upcoming holidays? Remember, we board small animals and birds. Call or email us for more information, and leave a comment to share why you are grateful for your pet.

*discount not valid on gift cards. Offer ends Sunday, November 30, 2008. Discount taken off white tags only and no other discounts apply.
Graphic credit: Turkey on Vacation by Gravity X9.

We’ll Setup and Maintain Your Aquarium

Originally uploaded by moonjazz
“… watching fish swim in an aquarium has been shown to decrease spikes in blood pressure caused by stress and tension.”

— Dr. Stacey M. Kerr, family physician
“Research Supports Pets’ Healing Power”
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)

Humans have always been fascinated by the undersea world, but the hobby of keeping aquariums is a relatively new phenomenon that began during the Victorian era.

Have you ever wanted one of those beautiful aquariums in your home or office, but haven’t a clue as to how to set one up or maintain it? Good news — The Animal Store provides aquarium set up and tank maintenance for local customers. We have everything you need for tropical and marine aquariums. Just email us, call Kenn or stop by the store for more information.