"We first discovered Animal Connection when our dog was having a poor reaction to her diet. Animal Connection offered free nutritional advice and with their guidance our dog found the right diet for long term health! If our story ended here we would still be eternally grateful, but Animal Connection has continued to be THE place we go to for all things pets.
Our dog is very anxious and the groomers at Animal Connection are the only ones that are mindful enough to make grooming a somewhat tolerable process for our dog. They comfort her at every step and go at a slow pace just to help our dog feel better. We also love that they use the best products and offer at-home grooming advice!
Shopping at Animal Connection is also so fun! Pattie Zeller, the owner, always goes above and beyond to come up with creative ideas to make shopping a fun and interactive experience. She does picture contests, raffles, spin the wheel, reward points, and even just gives away spontaneous gifts! You can also tell she finds joy in thinking creatively on celebrating the holidays. It's always a delight to browse the beautifully decorated dog treats and cakes. One of our favorites are the seasonable gift boxes. The last one we got was for Valentine's Day and it came with a crinkly stuffed conversation heart, multiple beautifully decorated heart-themed dog biscuits, and many in-theme dog treats wrapped up in a bow. We got a real kick out of gifting it to our dog for Valentine's Day!
Pattie also goes above and beyond in helping local animal rescues. She plays an active role in raising funds, gifting food, and helping dogs get adopted. Did I also mention that she collaborated with a brewery to make a "Big Dog Blonde Ale" beer? (with a portion of the sales going to local dog rescues) How cool is that!
Animal Connection contributes so much to our community and it is so much more than just a pet store. You can see from a mile away that helping animals is a passion for Pattie and having a pet store is her way of providing good nutrition, playful treats, and calming grooming to pets. I highly recommend Animal Connection to all of my friends, and I would also highly recommend that Pattie get recognized for all the good energy she brings to the community."
-Kelly Wroblewski, Retail Customer, Charlottesville VA