As the seasons change, we must remember our four-legged friends have needs too. Yes, our furry companions who live only to love and be loved might need to prepare for the heat with a haircut or the drizzle with a raincoat. And to ensure those needs are met locally, we have six indie options for you to stock up on all your pets’ needs—and probably a few treats too—without having to step into the big box alternative.
Not by coincidence, NoPo Paws opened on Earth Day 2011 and has been providing the Overlook neighborhood with environmentally friendly pet products ever since. Combining her experience working for small businesses, volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society, and being a dog owner, Sarah Fuller opened NoPo Paws to, as she says, “impact the lives of pets in a positive way.” With an assortment of natural, holistic and organic pet food, as well as toys and accessories, your dogs and cats will be well taken care of here. What’s more, Fuller donates 10 percent of her proceeds to nonprofit organizations and hosts regular events to further the cause of good animal care.
NoPo Paws, 2148 N Killingsworth St., 503.477.8381
Green Dog Pet Supply
Being green isn’t just for humans; we can share our sustainable ways with our furry friends too. And that’s what Green Dog Pet Supply aims to do with its core value of providing “environmentally friendly pet supplies and gifts for dogs, cats, and their people.” Going even further, owners Mike and Christine Mallar created their Beaumont store with mostly reclaimed materials and have no problem discontinuing brands that don’t meet their standard for safe and healthy ingredients. With their focus on good customer service, the quality of the ingredients in the pet food they sell is of paramount importance, so it’s no wonder they were named Spot Magazine’s best Holistic Wellness Merchant in 2012.
Green Dog Pet Supply, 4327 NE Fremont St., 503.528.1800
Family Pet is no newcomer to the pet supply market—it’s been serving Portlanders for 20 years. Located in the Hazelwood neighborhood, Family Pet seeks to price all of its products competitively so the needs of your pet can be met affordably. And there is no shortage of pets or supplies for all types of animals. As its website states, “You will find all the necessities for the furry, scaly, wet, or flying members of your family.”
Family Pet, 11916 NE Halsey St., 503.254.5490
Lexi Dog Boutique & Social Club
Pearl District, South Portland
Some make no excuses for spoiling their dogs, and Lexi Dog has no qualms with helping you achieve that goal. “Every dog deserves to be spoiled,” states its website. And to that effect, Lexi Dog wants to make it easy for you. From boarding, grooming and playgroups, to birthday parties and adoption services, Lexi Dog makes it easy for pups to beautify and socialize. And with a boutique selling everything from toys to rainwear and quality food, your four-legged friend will thank you for shopping at Lexi Dog.
Lexi Dog Boutique & Social Club: Pearl District, 416 NW 10th Ave., 503.243.6200; South Portland: 6100 SW Macadam, 503.245.4363
Hillsdale, St. Johns
Carol Ellis is confident her customers will save more money shopping at Tré Bone than they would at a big box competitor. “We get to know our customers... get to know their needs,” she says. And in doing so, Tré Bone can address the health and behavioral needs of the dogs and cats it serves, which ultimately leads to healthier pets and less visits to the vet. Tré Bone is “one of the only corn- and wheat-free pet stores in Portland,” Ellis says, and it strives to make the smallest ecological footprint possible, which is also evident in its selection of locally made leashes, collars, treats, and beds.
Tré Bone: Hillsdale, 6325 SW Capitol Highway, 503.265.8060; St. Johns: 8236 N Lombard, 971.255.0772
Sellwood Dog Supply & Cat Annex
Stemming from a retail business selling dog coats, Sellwood Dog Supply has evolved over the years. With its Gold Paw coats still available for order, Sellwood Dog Supply has expanded to include all the toys, treats and food your dog needs. And with the recently opened Cat Annex, the feline variety need be no stranger. Although specializing in dog and cat supplies, Sellwood Dog Supply also provides training, grooming and adoption services through its partnerships with other organizations. It also works with a nutritionist and hosts regular in-store events, so this one-stop shop has all your pets’ needs covered.
Sellwood Dog Supply & Cat Annex, 8334 SE 17th Ave., 503.239.1517
Check out all your indie options for pet supplies in The Localist, Portland's locally owned business directory.
As Portlanders, we are fortunate to have local options for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the amenities we enjoy. Our pets don’t have that choice, but you can make it for them. Where do you shop for your pet that supports the local economy?