At Hello Ralphie, we believe in supporting small businesses. Especially those that share our love for animals and the families that care for them. Local pet businesses are often owned and staffed by exceptional people with strong connections to their communities and a passion for animal welfare.
If you enjoy curated stores, friendly customer service, and mission-based companies, you’ll love these outstanding local businesses that cater to our beloved pets.
The Hungry Puppy – Farmingdale, New Jersey
Despite the name, The Hungry Puppy is far more than a dog food supply store. They are a one-stop-shop for everything you would ever need for pet care. They offer an incredible catalog of pet and farm animal products, so there’s a good chance they’ll have everything you need.
The Hungry Puppy was founded in 1987 by two individuals that shared a dream to open the best possible pet food retailer in New Jersey. This dream lives on, and the business continues to celebrate the bond people have with their pets. Their knowledgeable and passionate staff are there to answer questions and help you find what your pet needs.
What sets The Hungry Puppy apart is their unique and fun events, which they host from their privately-owned dog park. Whether it’s training sessions for your pup, pet-friendly outdoor events, or the celebration of pet birthday parties, The Hungry Puppy works hard to bring the pet parent community together. We particularly like their Friday Night Bites social, which encourages pet parents and their furry friends to come out and meet new friends.
The Morris Animal Inn offers a one-stop shop for a wide variety of pet care services. While they specialize in overnight dog and cat boarding, they also offer doggie daycare, a luxurious pet grooming spa, and dog training services.
Founded in 1960, the Morris Animal Inn continues to be a family-owned and operated business. Four generations of educated animal lovers and owners have built a reputation for outstanding animal care and exceptional customer satisfaction.
Today, Morris Animal Inn is an internationally recognized pet care facility. They focus on delivering exceptional care through accredited staff and an ultra-modern facility. Purified and climate-controlled air circulates the facility, while soft, natural light and calming background music keep the dogs and cats feeling happy and relaxed.
With plans to open two new locations in Montville and Warren, New Jersey, it is an exciting time for this ever-growing small business!
Hound About Town – Jersey City, New Jersey
Hound About Town is a family-owned boutique cat and dog supply store opened by two pet parents wanting to share valuable lessons from pet rearing while contributing to their community. Conveniently, the store has two locations and offers same-day delivery to pet parents in the surrounding area. Hound About Town carries a wide variety of USA-made, eco-friendly pet food and supplies that the stores’ owners carefully choose.
In addition to being conscientious of the local economy and the environment, Hound About Town is also very involved with local animal shelters. They hold pet adoption events and also advocate for shelters on their website and social media. It’s not all serious business at Hound about Town, though- they have pop-ups and social events that bring a lot of fun to pets and families in the community.
Big Business Scoopers is New Jersey’s oldest professional pet waste removal service. Tina LaBeaume, the owner and founder of Big Business Scoopers, started the business because she saw the opportunity to work with dog owners and their beloved fur babies.
While it is still independently owned, the business now operates in several locations across New Jersey. It’s built a strong reputation for delivering high-quality pooper scooper services through a team of friendly and courteous individuals.
While it might not be the most glamorous topic, removing your dog’s waste from your property is incredibly important. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also pose a health risk to you, your dog, and the surrounding wildlife. So, why not trust a locally-owned business that delivers professional results in a friendly and timely manner? You only have to read through the customer testimonials on their website to understand how appreciated this wonderful small business is!
City Paws Pet Grooming & Daycare offers grooming services for both cats and dogs. With over 15 years of experience and a reputation for high-quality results, they are an excellent choice if you want to make sure that your furry friend looks and feels their absolute best.
City Paws encourages pet parents to stay and watch while they gently and carefully groom your beloved pet. While grooming services are their specialty, they also offer a daycare service, and you can trust that your pet will be in safe hands when you’re away. The storefront also features a retail shop where you can find quality grooming products, fun pet toys, and pet food.
No matter what age, size, or breed you have, you can trust City Paws Pet Grooming & Daycare will treat your pet with the love and compassion they deserve!
Hello Ralphie continues to look for ways to celebrate small pet businesses that share a common love for animal welfare. We hope you consider looking at these New Jersey-based small pet businesses to find a place where you and your pet can feel truly welcome visiting.
If you enjoyed this list of local faves, check out our top dog-friendly adventures in New Jersey. And as always, our vets are online to answer any questions you may have about veterinary telemedicine, pet exercise, food, grooming, and more.