How much is that kitten in the window? That’s what Wags to Whiskers Boutique & Barkery and Fayette Humane Society hope people will be asking. The neighborhood pet store and the non-profit have recently teamed up to help cats get adopted with a new partnership that sees kittens hanging out in a spacious enclosure in the storefront window.
“We’re doing it out of a love for animals,” said co-owner Carol Young. “We’ve got the room, and we thought it would be a great place to showcase the cats.”
“This was a vision before we even owned the store,” said Judy Erlichman, who purchased the store with Carol in January of this year. “We knew that we wanted to showcase animals because we had the perfect venue.”
It’s already been a rewarding partnership.
“It’s been a joy having them here. It’s mutually beneficial for the kittens and the Humane Society and us,” said Judy. “They don’t stay here long, and we still get attached. It can be hard to get any work done.”
Everyone who passes through the store seems to fall in love with the cats.
“We bond with them,” said Carol. “You want them to get a home, but it’s bittersweet because we miss them.”
It’s not the first way Wags to Whiskers has chipped in for the animal community. Around Christmas, offer pet photo portraits with Santa Claus with the proceeds benefitting Fayette Humane Society. They’re always looking at new ways to help pets connect with new families with plans to bring adoptable animals to Market Day.
Carol and Judy own a pet store because they have a passion for animals, and their transition to pet store owners was a natural one. Growing up, Carol was the kid that brought every stray cat home. Judy was involved in animal rescue for many years, fostering roughly 50 dogs over the years with her husband. It was through a pet-sitting business that the pair met and ended up with the opportunity to purchase Wags to Whiskers, which has been open since 2005. They jumped at the chance to make it something special.
“We want to be the neighborhood pet store,” said Judy.
They’ll do that by offering options that are uniquely theirs.
“We’re the only one that has a bakery. We bake our own treats in-store,” said Carol, also pointing to their array of special items, toys, accessories, and grooming and bathing setups. “We have a lot of things that you’re not going to see at your standard pet stores.”
Their aim is for a well-rounded store that can cater to all of an animal’s needs.
“We try to focus on high-quality products like premium foods, wholesome, healthy products, raw food,” said Judy. “We want people to know they can come in here and we can help them to help their pets be as healthy as possible.”
Whether you’re looking for something special for your pet or a new friend, make sure to pop by Wags to Whiskers. Wags to Whiskers is located at 100. N. Peachtree Pkwy. in Peachtree City. For more information, visit www.WagsToWhiskersPTC.com or find them on Facebook.