By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Pets | Issue: July 2009
Bekkie O’Neal, general manager of Pet Stop in Broken Arrow, and Sara Wilson, owner, want to help you succeed as a pet owner.
For many years, Love A Pet was a fixed part of the Broken Arrow community. Sara and David Wilson of Pet Stop in Owasso are the store’s new owners and have changed its name to Pet Stop. Although the newly opened shop will have a new name above the door, Sara wants everyone to know they intend to continue the traditions Love A Pet has upheld for so long.
“We are excited about this and want to build on the Love A Pet values,” says Sara. “The store has always been such a pillar in the community that we just want to keep that going.”
Owning a pet shop was not always in David and Sara’s plans. When the couple met, they were both going to school to be engineers. “We met in calculus class,” Sara recalls with a laugh. “But as I was in the work study program and worked a desk job I didn’t like, I realized working in a lab all day would be much the same way.” Sara had always loved all types of animals and David had grown up on a farm, so after they married and bought acreage, they began collecting pets, many of them through rescue. Soon they were raising rodents and snakes. And before they knew it, they saw a need for a full line pet store in Owasso, and the rest is history.
Bekkie O’Neal, Broken Arrow Pet Stop manager, worked for Sara and David in the past at Owasso Pet Stop, and she thinks so highly of the couple that she moved back to Oklahoma from Utah to help them run the new shop. “They have always shown a lot of consideration for the community and for their employees,” Bekkie says. “They truly care for animals and for people. I wouldn’t have come back otherwise.”
Like the Owasso shop, Pet Stop in Broken Arrow carries a wide variety of unusual reptiles, fish, small animals and birds. They also carry a full line of pet care products, and employees have the expertise to help new pet owners in the care of their animals. “We’re not just here to sell you an animal,” Bekkie explains. “We want to help you succeed as a pet owner.”
Sara agrees. “We really enjoy people and pets and love seeing people’s faces when they get their new pet, and we want to be with them for the life of that animal. It’s fun to see and be a part of the connection between people and their pets.”