VALRICO — Jacki Kesselring spent the past few years working for the Michigan Humane Society as an adoption counselor and foster parent.
Then she and her husband, Dave, decided to make a change and move to Valrico. At the same time, she wanted to keep her connection to animals at the forefront of her daily activities.
Now the Kesselrings own and operate Pet Supplies Plus in Valrico Commons.
The 6,500 square foot store opened last month and sells birds, fish, reptiles and small animals along with food, treats, toys and more for most pets.
"My husband and I decided to start our own business," Kesselring said. "We looked at different franchises and this was perfect for us to help the community and because our love of animals."
Pet Supplies Plus is at 1937 E State Road 60. Leashed pets are welcome and in fact Kesselring says her staff strives to greet you when you walk in and get to know your name and your pet's names.
The store offers a self-service dog wash. For $10 you get all the supplies you need to wash your pet for 30 minutes. Kesselring says it's more convenient than trying to mess with a bathtub or garden hose.
Dog and cat adoptions are in the future plans, but the store does not offer grooming. Low-cost vet clinics are scheduled for every other Sunday beginning June 12.
"We do special orders," Kesselring said. "If we don't know something we will find the answer for you."
Kesselring said she wants to instill in her staff the importance of customer involvement. That's why she hired a management team that has a combined 30 years of pet care experience.
Call (813) 540-0645 to inquire about the service and selection at Pet Supplies Plus.
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