© Carter Haydu
Cheryl Yeadon, Pet Valu manager, holds one of the Moose Jaw Humane Society cats currently being featured at the 493 Thatcher Drive East pet food and supplies store.
Cats and dogs benefit from nutritious food, just as do their human counterparts.
“It’s extremely important,” local Pet Valu manager Cheryl Yeadon told the Times-Herald. “If you’re feeding them good quality food, they’re overall health is going to be better, and your veterinary bills will be lower.”
Yeadon said the 493 Thatcher Dr. E. pet food/supply store specializes in super-premium and holistic foods, as well as some raw foods, for cats and dogs. The store also sells some mainstream brands, as well as food and supplies for other household animals.
Moose Jaw’s is the third Pet Valu to open in Saskatchewan, which it did on April 16. Both Regina and Prince Albert currently have stores and Yeadon said more would be coming to the province in the near future.
She said while Pet Value doesn’t sell cats or dogs, it would feature pets from local animal shelters, so as to increase adoption of animals in need.
Currently at the local store are two black-and-white cats from Moose Jaw Humane Society — Trixie and Dillan.
“They’re good buddies,” Yeadon said, adding while the kitties have not yet been adopted, customers are expressing appreciation Pet Valu helps out local animal shelters, rather than just selling its own cats and dogs.
Something else customers appreciate, Yeadon said, is the simple fact they can easy find access to many unique pet food brands, rather than drive to Regina in order to do so.
While some pets can be finicky, she said, Pet Valu also offers samples of all the food it sells, so pet owners can take various sorts home to their pets to see which ones the animals will prefer.
Moose Jaw Pet Valu employs four people (one fulltime and three part-time). Its hours of operations are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
“There’s friendly, knowledgeable service and lots of selection,” Yeadon said, adding a good opportunity for Moose Javians to visit the new local store might be the grand opening event on July 7.
Aside from in-store deals, she said there would be pet photography available, the Humane Society would bring extra pets, as well as there would be grooming and a question-and-answer period with a local dog trainer.
“It’ll be a big event.”
For more information on the store, call 691-0495.
Carter Haydu can be reached at 691-1265.