pet wellness & care

Animal Connection is

the all-natural store for

dogs, cats and horses.

healthy & natural pet food

We offer over 500 varieties

of USA-sourced, healthy

foods and treats.

We source nutritious

supplements, herbs and

holistic pet remedies.

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We provide high-quality,

eco-friendly,

sustainable

pet products.

Tails are Waggin’ About:

IS YOUR DOG ACTING LIKE A “SCARDEY CAT” DURING SUMMER THUNDERSTORMS?

Many pets start getting anxious about thunderstorms hours before they actually happen. Changes in atmospheric pressure, the smell of rain coming in, wind, humidity and that electric feeling happens well in advance of most storms and dogs are extremely sensitive to those changes. We strongly recommend having a flower essence like Rescue Remedy or Green Hope’s Anxiety in their water or in their mouth the minute you hear the morning’s weather forecast for storms, because by the time you’ve heard the thunder yourself, they’ve had plenty of time to get themselves worked up. Some pets get so scared, it’s a good idea to keep it in their water daily to take off the edge. Flower essences are totally safe and you can’t do them wrong. We also have very effective homeopathic remedies and essential oils which we sometimes will use in combination depending on how severe the anxiety presents itself in your pet. So if your dog is acting like a scardey cat, better come see us and we’ll select just the right thing to help your pet!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FOR THE DOGS AND CATS AT “CARING FOR CREATURES” SANCTUARY

It’s time for our annual food drive for the dogs and cats at Caring For Creatures in Palmyra, Va. If you are purchasing products for us to donate to them, we’ll offer 20% off on any of those items and we’ll handle the delivery to the rescue. They particularly need Honest Kitchen and Rad Cat products for felines recovering from urinary tract issues. On the dogs’ wish list is Annamet kibble and any of our canned foods. They can also use treats, flea/tick products, toys and litter. If you would prefer to donate money, we’ll purchase things for them on their wish list. Please consider donating at this time. They get many offerings at Christmas but supplies run low during the summer so this is a great time to make a difference to the 2oo or so animals to which they offer sanctuary.

SHOPPING FOR YOUR PETS AT THE FARMER’S MARKET

Do you shop for your family pets at the farmer’s market? We do… and you should too… it’s so easy to make fresh organic meals or food toppers your dogs and cats will just love! Downtown Charlottesville, Meade Park, Crozet, Nelson and Stonefield markets have a great selection of fresh meats and veggies. Get shopping…. then come see us and we’ll show you how to balance your recipes for the perfect pet meals. We also have signed copies of Dr. Judy Morgan DVM’s book “What’s For Dinner Dexter,” a great resource of recipes and holistic pet info you’ll want to know about. Plus lots of yummy dog and kitty treats for sale!

Latest from the Store!

Who stopped in.

Riley, office dog at Contour Construction
“My person, Shelia walks me around McIntire to take care of, you know, business… and I just can’t go back to the office without coming in for a Plato Salmon treat. Shelia says they’re good for my skin and coat, but I just love how yummy they are!”
Riley, office dog at Contour ConstructionCharlottesville VA
Desiree Sides, McGinnis Meadows Ranch
“Our dogs, Sparky and Gus, had really scratchy, scruffy skin so we called Animal Connection for help. After changing our dog’s food to fresh meat and vegetables, they are sleek and shiny and no more skin issues! And their breath smells better too! What a relief!”
Desiree Sides, McGinnis Meadows RanchLibby, Montana
Marisa Conti
“We love to support local businesses. So when Animal Connection discovered Bowhaus Dog Treats, we knew we had to give them a try. They are a  small batch, soft treat for senior dogs made with organic ingredients. We even tasted them.. they are so good! Our elderly dog loves them and they are gentle on her teeth.”
Marisa ContiDover, Delaware
Ann Armstrong
“I discovered several colonies of feral cats in the city of Charlottesville and thanks to Animal Connection, they can get some healthy meals. They are great about getting donations from some of their suppliers and making it possible for me to feed them on a small budget.”
Ann ArmstrongWhite Hall, Virginia

Location | Hours

1701-E Allied St. at McIntire Rd.,
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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Call Us: 434.296.7048
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STORE HOURS:
Weekdays 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm

GROOMING HOURS:
By appointment only, no walk-ins.
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday 9 am - 4 pm

Now Open Sunday!