Our Story

Our Story
Pets-N-Pals is proud to be a local, independently owned, business. At 19 years old, Chris opened his doors for the first time on Sept 29, 1989. He has been hard at work since! Chris has been working with animals since he was 12 years old. His grandmother would drive him to a little pet shop in Downtown Staunton, where he would volunteer. Since Chris was young, he has had a love for animals and a passion for business. Thanks to our loyal customers, Chris was able to succeed and expand to our current location in 1994. Much has happened since that exciting day in 1989. Chris has been blessed with a wife, Stephanie and beautiful children. The Pets-N-Pals team takes their responsibilities seriously and are proud to unlock the doors every morning and offer the best customer service possible!
Here at Pets-N-Pals, we treat every animal like they are our own! We specialize in puppies and spend many hours researching our breeders and visiting their homes. The families that we choose to buy from have to meet our strict store standards and government regulations. Stephanie and Emily (General Manger) make a conscious effort to meet our breeders face-to-face and see first hand where our puppies come from! We only work with breeders who care for and love their dogs and puppies as much as we do! The next time you are in, ask us to share some of the pictures from our visits.
Chris and Stephanie also are passionate about protecting our coral reefs. As scuba divers we have seen the breathtaking beauty that God has created in our oceans. We want our children, and yours, to be able to see the same natural beauty. Pets-N-Pals works with aqua-cultured (tank raised) saltwater fish and coral distributors. To our customers that means the fish and corals you see in our store were not taken from reefs in the ocean. They were bred and or fragged in captivity. Because of this, we are providing our customers with the healthiest fish/corals possible and doing our best to protect our natural environment and coral reefs.
When you support a local business your dollar stays local. Did you know that each dollar spent at a local business returns 3 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a big box chain? This is a benefit we can all bank on. Thanks you for supporting your local, independently owned, Pet Store!