The Pet-Owning Prepper

Amid new rules and regulations, pet owners may be wondering how to get necessities for their furry friends. I spoke with local retailers and pet service providers to see what they are doing to meet owners’ needs during the ongoing pandemic. These pet shops and pet care facilities are putting measures in place to protect customers while providing for pets. They have temporarily changed operating hours to allow for restocking, set aside time for sanitizing, and staffed up services, such as curbside pickup and delivery, to support social distancing.



Earth Pets Natural Pet Market

San Marco Location: 1629 Hendricks Ave.,,586-2576

Mandarin Location: 11740 San Jose Blvd.,, 677-4429

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Curbside pickup available daily; delivery service available Wednesday and Friday within 10 miles of either location; call ahead to place orders.

Bark on Main1713 N. Main St., Springfield,, 516-7836

Boutique currently limited to curbside pickup noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; shop online or call ahead to place orders for curbside pickup and delivery; shipping available. 

Bark on Park1021 Park St., Five Points,, 356-4530

Boarding available 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; dog daycare currently unavailable; boutique currently limited to curbside pickup noon-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; shop online or call ahead to place orders for curbside pickup or delivery; shipping available.

Woof Gang Bakery3590 St. Johns Ave., Avondale,, 683-5274

Store open to 10 customers at a time 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday; curbside pickup available daily; delivery available Saturday and Sunday; call ahead to place orders.

Pet WantsJacksonville Beach,, 373-8770

Free delivery for Duval, St. Johns and Clay counties 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday; shop online for discounts and to place delivery orders; customers can make online donations for pets in need.



Central Bark5614 San Jose Blvd., Lakewood,, 730-1200

Dog daycare available 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; curbside drop-off and pickup for dogs (one-person limit inside the facility for the safety of parents and pets); currently offering a 10 percent discount for first responders, military personnel and schoolteachers. The daycare requires 24 hours advance booking and cancellations.

Dogtopia1075 Hendricks Ave., Southbank,, 600-3810

Dog daycare and boarding available 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed Saturday and Sunday); currently offering a 20 percent discount on boarding and spa services for medical professionals and first responders and a “buy five days get one free” promotion for all customers; daily spa specials available with daycare service.

Pet Paradise5140 University Blvd. W., Bowden,, 396-7529

6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Curbside drop-off and pickup for dogs; currently offering a 50 percent discount on boarding and daycare for healthcare workers and a 30 percent discount on boarding for all customers.

Kanine Social580 College St., Brooklyn,, 712-6363

Dog daycare available 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; boarding available 6:45 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; weekend drop-off and pickup 8 a.m.-noon and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

BrewHound Dog Park + Bar1848 Kings Cir. S., Neptune Beach,, 372-7266

Open for Doggy Recess 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Dogs can participate in supervised play for up to three hours at $5 an hour. The park is also hosting a pet food drive for people to donate pet food and supplies for pets in need during this time.

The situation is evolving rapidly, and this information may change, so it’s best to check your local store’s hours before heading out to shop. It’s also a good idea to prepare an emergency kit for your pets. The American Humane Society recommends having two weeks’ worth of pet food and a 30-day supply of your pet’s medication on hand.