Animal Shack joins unique buying group – benefits pet owners


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Marie Newbury is the Animal Shack’s friendly shop manager.

Section: Pukekohe business news

The Animal Shack, situated at 7 Paerata Road, is a popular Pukekohe pet store, stocking a wide variety of pets and pet supplies in a wonderfully wild shopping environment.

A large variety of pets are for sale in store, including puppies, kittens, fish, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and reptiles.

Owner, Bruce Theobald says: “We even have our own permanent Animal Shack residents – Maggie the cheeky cockatoo, Wally the loopy lorikeet, Bruiser the bearded dragon, Cuddles the Silver Arowana and also a lovely new shop cat – a ginger kitten called Harry.”

Best brands of animal care products

They also stock the best brands of animal care products available and Bruce, says he, his wife Jannene and loyal staff members, have worked very hard over the past nine years since its establishment, to provide the very best service for customers and their pets.
“The main purpose for establishing the pet shop was to integrate Doggie Style Grooming, a growing business begun by Jannene,” he says.

“When Doggie Style Grooming started it had Jannane and one staff member. She now employs three fulltime members and can be contacted by phone: 09 239 1033.

Animal Shack began with nine employees and it now has 11, including Bruce, with five of them being retail staff working in the shop.

Now part of unique buying group ‘Indepet’

With benefits for customers in mind, Animal Shack has made substantial changes recently by joining a unique buying and marketing group of independent retailers in the trans-Tasman pet care industry.

This group is known as Indepet and has 31 Australian and 15 New Zealand pet stores in its membership, making it the second largest pet products buying group in the country.

“We are large-scale retailing professionals united by a desire to remain independent,” says Bruce.

He adds that there is a great willingness among all the Indepet members to gather and share knowledge with pet owners of all persuasions.

Premium petcare services

“Our goal, apart from obtaining greater buying power and specials that can be passed back to our customers, is to also deliver premium services such as sound advice on pet selection, nutrition and the latest in vaccination programmes.

“It’s a complete package, and we deliver it in a friendly informative way.”
The move has proved to be highly successful and it has ensured that the Animal Shack can stock the best products possible for locals.

They stock premium food brands such as Eukanuba, Iams, Advance, Royal Canin, Science Diet, Nutrience, Go! and Now Fresh and Cobber.
In the Aquatic section there is Aqua One, API, JBL, Sera, Seachem, Pondcare, Aquamanta, Aquananos and TCL, which are some of the more popular brands.

“We also have other well known brands such as Masterpet, Pet One, Comfy Pet, Top Flite bird seed, JW pet toys, Flexi and Tui Pet products.”

“Our helpful and friendly staff are more than happy to assist customers for all their pet requirements, so we invite you to come down and see us today.

“We are open seven days a week.”

Animal Shack’s trading hours are: Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm; Saturday, 9.00am– 5.00pm; Sunday, 9.00am – 4.00pm.

The phone number is 09 238 1060.

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