Animal Connection is

the all-natural store for

dogs, cats and horses.

We offer over 500 varieties

of USA-sourced, healthy

foods and treats.

We source nutritious

supplements, herbs and

holistic pet remedies.

We provide high-quality,

eco-friendly,

sustainable

pet products.

Tails are Waggin’ About:

FALL IS COMING — ARE YOUR PETS READY?

Your pet’s “seasonal inner clock” starts changing when the days get shorter, not necessarily when the temperature changes. Already now, they are “blowing coat”  — shedding the old coat  to get ready for winter coat growth. These variable temperature months can be tough for pets, so make sure they get some extra care!  Now’s the time to book your fall grooming appointment, which includes our special de-shedding treatment, smoothing those rough paws and elbows and making sure those nails are properly trimmed and ground for more time indoors. Fleas and ticks will still be a problem until the first frost, so check their skin frequently. Fall is also the time to make some changes in your pet’s diet and begin choosing “transitional proteins” before the cooler weather begins. September 21 marks a big food energy shift, so come see us and let us help you make adjustments to the meats and vegetables your pet should be eating.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL IS AN ADJUSTMENT FOR YOUR FAMILY PETS TOO!

Summer’s great for pets – extra play time, fun vacations, lots of attention from the kids. But when school starts, a different family schedule can cause some anxiety, restlessness and neediness.  Even the sense of responsibility a dog has for looking after kids can cause behavior changes, especially if the he’s not sure why his “best friend” has left him at home. To make this adjustment easier, try out your new pet schedule before your kids go back to school. Plan play activities, walks and meals at the time your kids might be either going to or coming home from school. If you’re planning dog day care during the week, take them a few times now to get them oriented. Plan fun activities for the evenings and weekends that include your dogs. Remember, when your kids go away to school, it affects your animals too. We have many products that will help your pets deal with with separation anxiety and sadness from missing the kids.

GET READY FOR FUN EVENTS THIS FALL!

Can you believe we’ve been helping pets become healthier for 15 years? Well, tails will be wagging all over  C’ville for our 15th Anniversary Celebration! It all begins October 23 with a special store event every day and ending with our popular Dog Fest  & Halloween Costume Contest on October 30 at Darden Towe Park. We’ll have special seminars, guests, specials and lots of fun for dog and cat owners. Watch our Facebook page and this web page for more information, but make plans to attend our week of fun for all.

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

Call Us: 434.296.7048
Email Us

STORE HOURS:
Weekdays 10am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am-3:30pm
After hours or Sunday by pre-arranged appointment.

GROOMING HOURS:
By appointment, from 10:00am until 4:00pm

Closed Sunday. Your dog asked to play!