By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Pets | Issue: December 2010
Pet Stop owner Sara Wilson with Diego, a blue and gold macaw, and employee Langi Forringer with CoCo, a Blue-front Amazon parrot.
Pet Stop owners Sara and David Wilson have served the needs of Owasso pet owners for over 14 years. Last year, the couple opened a Pet Stop location at 81st and 145th in Broken Arrow, acquiring a whole new community of happy customers. To celebrate the holiday season, Pet Stop is hosting its “12 Days of Christmas” event at both stores. The celebration begins December 13, and each of the twelve days will feature one special item at an amazing price.
Pet Stop is a wonderful place to do your Christmas shopping for the animal lovers in your life, as well as your pets, who we can all agree are like family members to us. “We have great stocking stuffers for dogs, cats and other animals that will be part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion,” says Sara. “We’ll also have some bigger items you won’t want to miss out on!” The items will not be revealed beforehand, so you’ll have to visit your local Pet Stop or check their Facebook page to see what amazing daily deals they will offer.
While you’re holiday shopping at Pet Stop, you may also contribute gifts to the Angel Trees. Donations to the tree in Owasso benefit the animals of Ward Wiseman Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter in Collinsville, and Wild Heart Ranch, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility in Rogers County north of Claremore. The Broken Arrow store’s Angel Tree benefits the animals of Safari’s Interactive Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that rescues wildlife – big cats, wolves, bears, primates, hoof stock, birds, reptiles and more – that come either from private individuals who could not keep them or from zoos that over-breed.
According to Sara, Pet Stop has been building a large inventory for winter, when people spend more time indoors with their pets. “We have a ton of new items in stock, including new reptile habitats and some really great new hamster and gerbil habitats that have mobile objects for them to interact with. We have a lot of cute new bird toys also. One of my favorites is a basketball hoop for parakeets – it’s something you’d see on ‘America’s Funniest Videos,’” laughs Sara. “Winter is also a great time to enjoy a beautiful aquarium in your home. We have terrific deals on 125-, 90-, and 50-gallon aquariums.”
One of the store’s biggest sellers has been collegiate gear for pets. “During Bedlam, everyone was dressing their dogs in gear to support their team. This would be a great gift idea for the OU or OSU fan on your list,” says Sara.
Other gift ideas you’ll find at Pet Stop include collars, leashes, sweaters, doggie doors, crates, taxis, quality toys, and yummy animal treats.
In addition to pet supplies, Pet Stop offers animals for sale, including puppies, kittens, exotic birds, fish and reptiles. Though it may seem like the perfect time of year to purchase a pet as a gift, Sara advises buyers to take caution. “We recommend that you research an animal before you buy – never get a pet at the last minute, because it is stressful on the animal, and you may not realize what you’re getting the pet owner into,” says Sara. “We suggest you buy a pet early and take him home to get acclimated before the chaos of the holidays sets in. Or, you can buy them a gift certificate, so they can come in and choose their pet when the craziness of Christmas is over.”
At Pet Stop, customers can expect a friendly, knowledgeable staff. When hired, staff members go through extensive training in animal care, customer service and animal nutrition, and they attend monthly training sessions for products. “Our goal is to be on the cutting edge of animal care. Our customers tell us all the time how grateful they are that we go the extra mile to take care of them and the pets they love so much,” says Sara.
Don’t forget to stop into Pet Stop each day during the 12 Days of Christmas beginning December 13. As another incentive to shop Pet Stop – interest-free layaway is available. For more information, go online to www.petstopowasso.com or www.petstopba.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.