Purr-fect Paws Pet Supplies recently opened in Logan Lake, offering a wide variety of goods for your furry, feathered or finned friends, with a few farm products thrown in for good measure.

Owner Melanie Whittaker has more than a decade’s worth of experience with pets after running a pet care and dog walking business in two different cities prior to making the move to Logan Lake.

“I owned an in-your-home pet care and dog walking business for 15 years,” said Whittaker.

“We started in Quesnel in February of 2006, and then moved to Kamloops in April of 2013. We have also been a reseller for the last eight years for two different raw pet food companies: Pets Go Raw, and Mountain Dog Food.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Whittaker’s business was drastically affected, forcing her to consider other options to pursue her passion of providing services to people and their pets.

“My pet care business ended up getting shut down as all our clients were either working from home or were unable to travel, but with the Pets Go Raw side, it really started to soar,” Whittaker explained.

“We were a delivery only business at that time and no one wanted to leave their home, so it really made me look at the bigger picture of what happens when the second wave comes and the pet care business shuts itself down again. I needed a business that I was passionate about, that would allow me to continue to see pets as well as keeping their health and well-being first. I also needed a business that I knew would survive a pandemic. Thus, we moved to Logan Lake in May 2020 and three months later, Purr-fect Paws Pet Supplies was born.”

The independent and locally owned pet store officially opened Sept. 1, 2020 and offers quality food, treats, pet essentials and toys for everything from guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters to chickens, cats, dogs and fish.

At their location at 63-111 Chartrand Avenue, Purr-fect Paws offers a COVID-safe, in store shopping experience as well as online shopping from their website, www.purrfectpawspetsupplies.ca. Curbside pick up is available, or for just $5 door-to-door delivery is available in Logan Lake, Merritt or Kamloops. Orders can also be made by calling 250-574-7387.

Not only does Purr-fect Paws offer a more personal service than a chain pet store, Whittaker values the communities she serves and wants to support them.

“The biggest thing that I would like people to know is that we are not a big corporate business,” said Whittaker.

“We are a small, family-owned pet store with one fantastic employee! I am the owner of the store and I am very involved in everything that happens here. Between my employee, Steve, and myself, we really take the time to get to know all our customers and we truly do care about the health and well-being of your pets. They are our number one priority.”

Those who shop at Purr-fect paws are supporting BC businesses at a time when they need it the most.

“It is very important to us to be able to work in and support our small local communities,” explained Whittaker.

“This is why we have tried our best to keep at least 90% of our store full of locally-made products. Most of the products we carry are not only Canadian, but manufactured right here in BC. We are hoping to offer everyone a more personable experience for their shopping needs for their pets, and to share our many years of knowledge and experience,” Whittaker continued.

“For Logan Lake, we are excited to offer a service in town, that they don’t have to travel to. For the people of Merritt, we are excited to be able to provide you with the option of having all your pet supplies delivered right to your door.”

On the last Wed. of every month, seniors 60 and older are given 10% off their purchase. In addition, the store has a loyalty program which rewards customers for frequent purchases. Much of the food is buy twelve get the 13th free, while some are buy ten get the 11th free. Oxbow brands of hay and feed provide a freebie after six purchases, and kitty litter is buy ten get one free, as well.

“In the New Year, we are excited to announce a new subscription program,” said Whittaker. “You will be able to sign up for a recurring food subscription and we will be introducing a monthly gift box option for your pets. The toys and treats in the box will vary each month depending on the themes we will be picking and, of course, the size of your pet. We will have a gift box for cats and dogs.”

You are encouraged to shop small and shop local this holiday season, supporting Purr-fect Paws Pet Supplies and their one of a kind Logan Lake establishment.