Arcata Pet Supplies
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Arcata Pet Supplies is located in the heart of the Redwood Forest. Locals jokingly refer to our location as “living behind the Redwood Curtain”. Being so far North and along the coast, we experience wet winters and foggy summers but we think it is a good trade off for a more relaxed way of life. The town of Arcata is a community of 15,000 residents at the north end of Humboldt Bay on California's north coast and is also home of Humboldt State University.

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The store first opened in 1972 under the name of Arcata Aquarium. It was a small aquarium store. The current owners, Don and Joy, were two of that store's first employees. In 1976 Don and Joy took over the business and added a few products for other animals to the shop’s inventory. As the store evolved, small animals and birds were soon added as was the name Arcata Pet.

In 1984 we were one of the first retail pet stores to stop selling and supporting the wild bird trade. We maintained our own breeding collection of Blue and Gold Macaws, Amazon Parrots, African Greys, Cockatoos and Caiques right here in our store. As we have become more supply oriented, our breeding stock has been sold or sent to live in retirement with our employees.

In 1997 we took the giant step of putting Arcata Pet on the Internet. We were not sure how well this would do, but now the Internet is a significant part of our overall business. Being located in a small town, we take pride in offering our customers the same small town pet store service that our local customers have come to appreciate and expect. Many of our local customers have been shopping with us since we started as a small fish and aquarium store so many years ago, making them part of the Arcata Pet family. We hope that you, our online customers, will join our family.

As we are a real pet store, we have real people running the show and thought you would like to meet the staff at Arcata Pet:

Meet the staff

DanDan - General Manager. Dan has been with Arcata Pet since May of 1989 having moved to Arcata from Fallbrook CA, where he had worked in the pet industry since 1984. Long before entering into the work world his parents instilled in him the love of animals. Having always had a passion about nature, he earned his degree in Environmental Biology from Humboldt State University. Dan has always had a real interest in birds and has been a licensed Falconer since 1983. He also breeds and exhibits Gold Sebrights, numerous varieties of Soft-Bills and is an avid gardner. In addition to all of the birds, Dan shares his home with his dog, Myrah the Vizsla.
Chris Chris K.- Sales Manager. Having relocated to Humboldt County with his two daughters from Bakersfield, CA. Chris became our Internet Manager in 2003. With past experience running his own aquarium store and managing the aquatics department at Walmart, he became a valuable asset to Arcata Pet. Chris has since earned a degree in Internet Technology. When not at Arcata Pet, he enjoys spending time with family and walking the beach with his chihuahua Mojo.
Jeremy Jeremy - Floor Manager A North Carolina transplant, Jeremy has been with Arcata Pet since 2003. He earned his degrees in English and History, with a minor in CIS from Humboldt State University in 2000. He currently shares his life with 4 dogs, an African Grey named Django, and 2 adopted leopard geckos. In his free time he enjoys mowing his lawn on his riding lawn mower while drinking a beer.
Andrea Andrea - Pet Specialist - Began working for Arcata Pet in 2005. After a brief hiatus to complete her degree, Andrea returned in 2010. She works with our local customers in our walk-in store and with our internet customers. Andrea shares her home with two dogs, one cat, and ten chickens. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, ride her horse, spend time with friends, cook, recreate in the Humboldt wilderness, and sleep whenever she can.
Nick Nick - Internet / Pet Specialist - Began working at Arcata Pet in 2008. A Humboldt native, he moved to Tuscon Arizona in 2010 and returned in 2012 after realizing there is no place like home. Nick brings extensive knowledge of reptiles and amphibians to our local customers and internet customers; not to mention his excellent sense of humor. Nick shares his home with a Honduran Milk Snake, a Goliath Bird Eater Tarantula and a Crested Gecko. When he is not working he enjoys working in his garden and spending time with friends.
Kelly Kelly - Internet / Pet Specialist A native of Los Gatos, CA, Kelly moved to Humboldt in her high school years. She began working at Arcata Pet in 2010. Kelly brings motivation and exuberance to our walk-in and internet stores. You can usually find her doing yoga on her breaks. She shares her home with her girlfriend, Iris, and two cats. When not working at the shop or working out, you can find Kelly writing, hiking, NOT watching TV, and spending time with her girlfriend’s family.
Kodee Kodee - Sales Associate
Madie Madie - Sales Associate
Tyler Tyler - Sales Associate
Sean Sean - Sales Associate
Don and Joy Don and Joy - Owners - Don and Joy met while attending Humboldt State Univeristy in the early 70's where they both were going to school. In 1976 they purchased the then-named Arcata Aquarium, having worked for the original owner for a short while. Don has a degree in Political Science and Joy has hers in Animal Behavior. Joy is an avid gardener and cat lover but her constant companion is her Golden Retriever, Nikki. Don is the brains behind Arcata Pet and www.arcatapet.com. He designed, developed and maintains all aspects of the point-of-sale and internet software used at Arcata Pet. Don and Joy retired from "behind the counter" work at Arcata Pet in 2002, but still maintain an interest in our shenanigans. Their personal website can be found at www.arcatapet.net

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