BY JANIE ROSMAN
Photos submitted by Pet Valu
Want to wash your dog and don’t relish the clean-up? Last month Rockland County’s first Pet Valu store — featuring do-it-yourself dog wash — opened on Route 9W in West Haverstraw. Tri-state district manager John Camilleri spoke with the Rockland County Times about the new establishment.
“We are so excited to be a part of this growing community filled with friendly pet parents,” Camilleri said. A grand opening is planned for March 2016 at the new location, which is the only major pet store in Haverstraw/Stony Point area.
Customers can expect “a warm, fun and welcoming environment” where they and their pets will receive personalized services that provide for their pet’s needs that includes a dog wash and raw foods.
“Our dog wash provides people the ability to come in and give their pet a bath without a lot of the challenges they may face at home,” he said. Customers can choose among different-sized tubs elevated to a comfortable height for comfortable washing.
Everything from an apron to a way of securing dogs in the tub to choices of shampoos, towels, and dryers is provided. Pet Valu employees clean up after each dog is bathed and sanitize the tub for the next customer. Washes are $10, and if you buy your dog six washes you get a seventh free!
Raw foods, Camilleri explained, “are growing in popularity as consumers are being educated on its nutritional advantage.” They’re high in protein and provide an effective way to manage a pet’s weight, result in healthier skin and coat, among other benefits.
He noted raw food “is also growing in preference for animals that have allergies and stomach sensitivity because it is the most natural form of nutrition.”
First-time pet owners can take advantage of an adoption kit that has a detailed list of everything they need to get started. “In addition, our knowledgeable Pet Experts will answer questions and make recommendations so new pet owners can go home feeling confidant they have everything they need and want for their new family member,” Camlleri said.
He explained the company’s comprehensive training program is designed to educate team members about its products, animal nutrition, care, upkeep and other areas.
Training is divided into categories such as, canine, feline, aviary, etc. “Once a team member completes the training in a particular category and passes the necessary skills assessment, that person is considered a Pet Expert for that category.”
During adoption events Pet Valu partners with Hudson Valley Humane Society and Hi Tor Animal Care Center. Call 845-241-5247 or visit www.petvalu.com.