Pet lovers abound in the Sacramento region, and many of us want to spoil our furry kids during the holidays. These small businesses offer plenty of delightful gift options for pets and for the people who love them. If Fido has more nylon bones than he could ever bury and the kitty would prefer the paper bag to the catnip toy it holds, consider making a holiday donation to a local animal shelter in their honor.
Trends-N-Treats Pet Supply, Spa & Boutique
8929 Madison Ave. Ste 200
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 536-0000
www.trendsntreats.com

This wonderland of pet supplies is owned and operated by Sacramento businesswoman Millie Finch and her family. Finch and her crew are very knowledgeable and are happy to steer you towards specialty foods and nutritional supplements that will keep your dog, rabbit or cat healthy long after the holidays are over. Doll up your favorite doggy in cool duds and treat her to easy-to-digest Earth Animal chicken chews and toys from Kong Ballistic. For the cat with class and a sense of style, T-n-T is the exclusive local distributor of KatTrees, extraordinary multilevel cat trees made with branches of north coast driftwood and bay laurel. Each handmade tree is unique, as it follows the natural line of each branch.

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Nature’s Select Of Northern California
5760 Roseville Road Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95842
(916) 480-0900
naturalpetfooddelivery.com

Locally owned and operated, this small business offers exceptional customer service regardless of the season. And while your pets may not mind waiting for a sleigh to bring super-premium pet food and supplies at holiday time, pet owners will appreciate having free delivery to their door all year round. The owners have a generous donation program that provides ongoing support for local animal shelters and rescue groups. For example, for every $30-bag of pet food you purchase, the business will donate $3 of food to a participating charity. Through this program, the Front Street Animal Shelter, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and other groups have received thousands of pounds of healthy cat and dog food.

City Of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter
2127 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 808-7387
portal.cityofsacramento.org

Sacramento County Animal Shelter
3839 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 368-7387
www.acr.saccounty.net

There are few better ways to show you care than by getting your animal microchipped and licensed, and both services can be done at the municipal shelter serving your area. Whether your pets are indoor/outdoor or strictly live inside the house, there is always the chance they may get away or become otherwise separated from you. A dog or cat running loose on the streets can get hit by a car, catch contagious illnesses and vermin, be attacked by another animal or worse. But if they are wearing a collar with a current license, it is much more likely they will be easily identified and get back to you safely and quickly. Microchipping is another simple, painless way to provide identification, and it is permanent, no collar required. Chipping and licensing services are available no matter where you live, including the cities of Folsom, Rancho Cordova or Citrus Heights, or in Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties.

Your Reef Aquarium
199 Cirby Way
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 786-3474
www.yourreef.com

If you favor fish and crabs over other types of pets, this store is the perfect place to create – or enhance – an incredible, tropical reef environment for them. The knowledgeable, friendly staff can answer all of your questions, and the vast variety of merchandise includes clams, anemones, small and large polyp stony corals, macro algae, live rock and even starter corals for those who are new to the hobby. Zoanthid, mushroom and soft coral frags are available individually or in packs of 5, 10 or 20. Customers of Your Reef Aquarium can earn Reef Awards loyalty points to apply to future purchases.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers business, employment, animal rescue, volunteerism and nonprofits. Her work can also be found at Examiner.com.