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

Owners Daryl and Celia Butler of Butler Pet Feeding & Supplies

Four-legged Harrisburgers now have a place in town full of food just for them.

Butler’s Pet Feed & Supplies opened Monday morning at Kline Plaza Shopping Center in S. 25NS St. The store carries food and supplies for dogs, cats, fish and turtles.

“We provide residents with what they are tired of traveling out of town to get,” said Daryl Butler, the store owner with his wife Celia. “These are quality products that no local pet store has.”

According to Butler, a native of Harrisburg, this is the only pet store in town.

“Obtaining pet food or pet supplies has never been easier,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuss, who was present with store owners to cut the tape on Monday.

Butler’s owners, along with Harrisburg and Dauphin officials, cut the ribbon on their new pet supply store on Monday.

Butler said he has more than 20 years of experience raising and training dogs. He specializes in breeding German Shepherds.

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

Butler plans to use his experience and knowledge to advise and educate clients.

“It’s hard to know what kind of dog food is,” he said. “We are here to educate.”

Butler said he carries more than 10 types of dog food and more than five types of cat food. Additionally, their shelves are filled with things like leashes, candy, food bowls, litter boxes, pet beds and toys.

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

Dennis, a resident of Harrisburg, was impressed with the options and said he would likely shop at Butler’s for food for his German shepherd. However, he is mostly looking forward to the opportunity to get advice.

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

That’s what Butler is all about, the opportunity to share his knowledge with the city.

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

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

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