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Fun for Fido: Pet supply store opens in Harrisburg with focus on access, education

Owners Darryl and Celia Butler of Butler’s Pet Feed & Supplies

Harrisburg’s four-legged residents now have a place in the city that’s stocked with food just for them.

Butler’s Pet Feed & Supplies opened on Monday morning in the Kline Plaza shopping center on S. 25th Street. The store carries dog, cat, fish and turtle food and supplies.

“We are providing for residents what they are tired of traveling out of the city to get,” said Darryl Butler, who owns the store with his wife Celia. “These are high-quality products that no other local pet store has.”

According to Butler, a Harrisburg-native, this is the only pet store located in the city.

“It’s never been easier to get your pet food or your pet supplies,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse who was present with shop owners to cut the ribbon on Monday.

Butler’s owners, along with Harrisburg and Dauphin County officials, cut the ribbon on the new pet supplies shop on Monday.

Butler has over 20 years of experience in dog breeding and training, he said. He specializes in breeding German shepherds.

But opening his own pet store has been a dream for the past 10 years and, finally, his wife Celia pushed him to make it happen, he said.

Butler plans to use his experience and knowledge to offer advice and education to customers.

“It’s difficult to know what quality dog food is,” he said. “We are here to educate.”

Butler’s carries over 10 brands of dog food and over five brands of cat food, he said. Additionally, their shelves are stocked with items like leashes, treats, food bowls, litter boxes, pet beds and toys.

Butler also mentioned that they have a scale for customers to use to weigh their pets and make sure they are healthy.

Dennis, a Harrisburg resident, was impressed by the options and said he will likely shop at Butler’s for food for his two German shepherds. However, he’s mostly looking forward to the opportunity to get advice.

“It’s nice to have someone to talk to if you have a question,” he said.

That’s what it’s all about for Butler, the chance to share his knowledge with the city.

“It’s not just about the business side,” he said. “It’s about the passion.”

Butler’s Pet Feed & Supplies is located at 101 S. 25th St., Suite 16, Harrisburg (Kline Plaza). They are open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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