Whether purchasing pet care supplies or looking for a new furry friend to add to your family, your one-stop-shop for all things animals is the local pet shop.
Different species and breeds have different needs, and the very best pet shops cater to a wide variety of pets. Poor pet stores have a small range of products and services, and staff tend to be unenthused and inexperienced.
To help you avoid the bad, we’ve come up with this list of the top five pet shops in the Canberra region. We’ve done our research and consulted local knowledge, so you can rest easy knowing your precious animal is in safe hands.
What Makes a Great Pet Shop?
Our pets are a part of our family, and they deserve nothing but the very best. When looking for a great pet shop, keep an eye out for the following positive traits.
- A large range of products. From food and toys to treats and accessories, the best pet shops in Canberra have a huge range of quality products.
- Additional services. As well as their products, the greatest pet shops offer a variety of additional services. This may include dog grooming, nail clipping, and rescue adoption services.
- A responsible acquisition of animals. It’s no secret that many pet shops acquire their animals from irresponsible breeders. A good pet shop should have no issue sharing details about their chosen breeders.
- A true passion for animals. Animal lovers make the best pet shop staff. A true passion for creatures great and small results in compassion, respect, and a friendly attitude.
- Experienced staff. As well as being passionate, the best pet shops have staff with years of experience. They can answer all of your tricky questions, and help you give your animal the best possible life.
- Competitive pricing. Like any shop, your go-to pet shop should be priced competitively. At the end of the day, no one likes to be ripped off.
The Top 5 Pet Shops According to You
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Belco Pets is an ethical and independently family owned pet shop in Belconnen. Drew and his family have over 20 years experience in the pet industry and continue to give back to the community by raising awareness and supporting local animal rescue groups. Google reviewer Bevan says: ‘You always get fantastic service at Belco Pets. They are very knowledgeable and I love the fact that they try to stock Aussie products when possible.’
Since 2012 Andrew has been spreading his knowledge about fish. Coral and tank set up to Canberrans and anyone who will listen. He’s honesty is highly regarded by his new and loyal customers. Andrew also gives great service for a fair price. Facebook reviewer David says: ‘Top quality fish, coral, equipment and advice.’
With 3 locations in the ACT in Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong, PETstock has a huge range of stock for your pet! Each store hand picks their staff so this family owned business provides continues to provide quality care for your pet. Brothers David and Shane understand it’s not just your pet but your best friend. As reviewed by broadybob on Product Review: ‘Thanks Petstock for your care and concern for my beloved pet.’
Father and son team John and Jesse run this much loved local business. They are big on quality and do their research before stocking any products and they also offer a pet grooming service… mainly due to their love being in the presence of animals! As reviewed by ‘Local Guide’ Emma on Google: ‘Great friendly place. My ‘go to’ for all my pet needs.’
Best Friends Fyshwick store manager Ben is always on hand to help out with queries about your pets diet, grooming, exercise or veterinary needs. He’s also enthusiastic about the puppy preschool and a cat adoption program. Ben is always keen for customer feedback and appreciates the help he receives in improving the store. Google reviewer Sandy Says: ‘Friendly staff & nothing is too much trouble for them. I love shopping here for our pets.’
Who did you pick?
Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra pet shops.
If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based pet shops. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?