We are getting rid of plastic bags!

Plastic carrier bags are going from Angell Pets very soon so we can do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic finding its way into the environment.


paper bags

We have been trying to figure out how to reduce the use of plastic bags in our shop for a while now. There are only two effective ways to do this:-

1) To charge for the bags to encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags or

2) Get rid of them completely and try an alternative.

We have chosen to go with option number 2, although this will actually cost us more! Once our current stock of plastic bags has run out we will not be getting any more in.

paper bag and plastic bag comparison

We didn’t want to start charging for bags as this would cause disagreements at the till, with some customers not wanting to pay as it is not yet law for small shops and in any event we would still be giving out the plastic bags.

Instead will be providing small paper bags (one per transaction). Paper bags actually cost us quite a lot more. For example a decent paper bag (shown) costs us around 8-9p each, where as the same size plastic bag costs us 1-2p. However the paper bags we can provide are not very large so we are asking customers to help us reduce non recycleable waste by bringing your own “bag for life” just like you would do at the super market.

We still have a small stock of plastic bags to use up (may as well get a use out of them; if we hand them out or throw them in the bin they are still going to end up in land fill).

For the time being our 1kg bagged up food will still be in polythene bags until we can find a suitable alternative. We are trialing something but it may take a few goes to get the right product.The product we got in to try this week won’t really work so we will use them for frozen rats and mice instead.

The Angell Pets Team

 

Angell Pets May Offers

May’s special offers are in store. Lots of great offers making our prices even keener. We are already better than Pets at Home and Jolley’s before the offers on a lot of products.


iams cat fish

Iams Cat Fish 3kg ONLY £9.99 RRP £16.49

Chewdles Mini Bonibix

Chewdles Mini Bonibix 1.5KG ONLY £3.49 RRP £4.99

Chewdles Gravy Bone

Chewdles Gravy Bones 1.5kg ONLY £3.49 RRP £4.99

Latex Face Balls

Latex Face Balls Single ONLY £0.99 RRP £2.09

Burgess Excel Rat Nuggets

Burgess Excel Rat Nuggets 1.5kg ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.49

 

Omega Tasty Chicken

Omega Tasty Chicken 15kg ONLY £15.99 RRP £20.99

Omega Tasty Original

Omega Tasty Original 15kg ONLY £15.99 RRP £20.99

Winalot Shapes

Winalot Shapes 1.8kg ONLY £2.49 RRP £3.69

Barking Heads Puppy Days

Barking Heads Puppy Days 2kg ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.99

Animals Dreams Woolly Bedding

Animals Dreams Woolly Bedding 2 FOR £1.00 RRP 99

Ancol Travel Harness

Ancol Travel Harness Medium Black ONLY £10.99 RRP £17.06

Ancol Travel Harness Large Black ONLY £11.99 RRP £18.74

Dentastix

Dentastix Small Dog 28 Stick ONLY £5.49 RRP £7.38

Dentastix Medium Dog 28 Stick ONLY £5.49 RRP £8.54

Dentastix Large Dog 28 Stick ONLY £5.49 RRP £9.79

Dreamies Chicken Tub

Dreamies Chicken Tub 350g ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.80

Dreamies Cheese Tub

Dreamies Cheese Tub 350g ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.80

BM Spot On Cat 3 Treatment

BM Spot On Cat 3 Treatment ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.25

BM Spot On Cat 1 Treatment

BM Spot On Cat 1 Treatment ONLY £3.79 RRP £5.10

Wagg Sensitive Treats

Wagg Tasty BonesWagg Tasty Chunks

Wagg Sensitve Treats, Wagg Tasty Bones, Wagg Tasty Chunks 2 for £1.50 RRP £1.09

The Angell Pets Team

Birds Back In Stock

With the move from Southgate Street to our new shop in Hucclecote we have been unable to stock birds. Birds have a very efficient respiratory system, the down side of which is that they are susceptible to anything airborn. We have been decorating various sections of the shop since we moved in and so have been unable to stock birds due to the paint fumes. This is now completed in the main shop area and so we are now able to re-stock with birds.

african grey parrot

The first of the birds came in last week and we now have the following in stock:-

We can also order in a wide range of other birds (check availability) and will vary our shop stock over time. So do check in to see what we have or what we can order.

The Angell Pets Team

 

Angell Pets April Offers

Now we are back in a permanent base we have relaunched our wholesaler’s monthly offers scheme. We are cheaper than Pets at Home and Jolleys for most things anyway but these offers beat on line suppliers too. If you add on the savings you get with our customer loyalty scheme (effectively an additional 2.5% off everything you have bought) it make our prices even more attractive. With FREE car parking and friendly, knowledgable service, why go anywhere else? Don’t forget, if we don’t have what you normally buy in stock we can probably get it. We are a small, independant business and that means we can be extremely flexible with what we stock.

As a bonus for April, we have launched these offers early and they are avaiable in store and on line from today.


Iams adult

Iams Dog Adult Small/Medium Breed Chicken 12kg ONLY £25.99 RRP £30.99

Felix sensations

Felix Sensations Jellies Fish Selection 12x100g ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.19

Felix sensations jellies

Felix Sensations Jellies Meat Selection 12x100g ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.19

excel rabbit

Burgess Excel Natures Blend Rabbit Nugget 1.5kg ONLY £4.99 RRP £6.41

purina dentalife

Dentalife Small Sticks 21 Pack ONLY £2.25 RRP £3.75

Dentalife Medium Sticks 15 Pack ONLY £2.25 RRP £3.75

Dentalife Large Sticks 12 Pack ONLY £2.25 RRP £3.75

cesar mini joys

Cesar Mini Joys Dog Treats Cheese & Chicken ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.65

vitakraft kracker

Vitakraft Rabbit Sticks Wild Berry ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.73

Vitakraft Guinea Pig Sticks Fruit ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.73

Vitakraft Hamster Sticks Fruit ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.73

selective rabbit

Selective Rabbit Food 3kg ONLY £5.29 RRP £7.99

selective guinea pig

Selective Guinea Pig 3kg ONLY £5.99 RRP £8.99

sheba creamy snacks

Sheba Creamy Snacks Cat Treats Chicken ONLY £1.49 RRP £1.99

Sheba Creamy Snacks Cat Treats Salmon ONLY £1.49 RRP £1.99

Sheba Creamy Snacks Cat Treats Beef ONLY £1.49 RRP £1.99

kong liver paste

Kong Easy Treat Liver Paste ONLY £4.49 RRP £7.25

pigs ear strips

Pig Ear Strips 500g ONLY £4.99 RRP £6.55

johnsons fishys

Johnsons Fishys Dog Biscuits 150g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.99

johnsons fishys

Johnsons Fishys Fish Chunks 150g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.99

natures feast

Natures Feast Hedgehog Food 675g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.99

halti training lead

Halti Training Lead Small ONLY £5.99 RRP £8.99

Halti Training Lead Large ONLY £7.49 RRP £10.99

These are just the wholeasler’s monthly offers. We have many other discount schemes of our own in store and on line running at the same time, such as our current Ezy Dog offer.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets Easter 2018 Opening Times

Our opening times over the easter holidays are as follows:-

Tuesday 27th March: 10am – 5:30pm

Wednesday 28th March: 10am – 5:30pm

Thursday 29th March: 10am – 5:30pm

Friday 30th March: Bank Holiday Closed

Saturday 31st March: 10am – 5:30pm

Sunday 1st April: Closed

Monday 2nd April: Bank Holiday Closed

Tuesday 3rd April: 10am – 5:30pm back to normal opening hours.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Trialled at Angell Pets

Here at Angell Pets we are always looking at ways of helping the environment and helping fellow local businesses wtih new ideas. We were pleased to trial out a new product that was presented to us by a local recycling company, although when it was presented we were still closed for the recent relocation and refurbishment. Since then we have trialled the product with our own animals in store and are happy to report excellent results.

The product is going to be branded as “Nest” bedding. Actually it is so new that the brand name is not finalised but I am asssured this is the front runner. For the time being we are selling it under our own Angell Pets ® brand.

angell pets rat bedding

As part of the teabag manufacturing process, a lot of offcut teabag paper is produced, prior to the final teabag pressing and cutting. This paper is very soft and absorbant and has not been treated with any chemicals (or used in teabag testing, so it is not stained with tannins). A local recycling company has the contract for disposing of this waste and was looking for a novel solution. This is when they approached us for our advice on its suitability as an animal bedding. We thought it a good idea and after investigating the contents agreed to give it a try. We have since used all the material we were given for the trial and it has been a resounding success.

Not only is the product a safe animal bedding, suitable for all small mammals, including rats as it is dust free and absorbant but as it is untreated it is readilly compostable. Not only will you be giving your pet an excellent product but you will be helping to prevent this material ending up in landfil and supporting local businesses. Also it is available in larger bags than contemporary products making it much more cost effective. We are selling 1kg bags for £3.59, compared to the nearest product available, Safebed which is £1.09 for approx 90g or £12.11 per kg! It even compares well with other substrate products used for rats, with their sensitive respiratory tracts.

Angell Pets ® and APL™ are registered trade marks  of Angell Pets Ltd

The Angell Pets Team

Current retail trends benefit local shops

Recently there have been some high profile closures of some large retail names and reports of yet others getting into serious difficulties. There are lots of reasons companies get into problems and I am sure that for some of these undertakings there may have been management issues but the main cause is being put down to a failure to respond to, or at least being slow to respond to, changes in their customers’ shopping habits.

There are two main reasons usually given. One is the percieved switch to on line shopping. This could obviously effect us. However with on line shopping, the customer is normally just buying a product they have seen elsewhere and that does not require any forethought. With us it is a little different. We sell some quite specialist products that need an expert to explain the choices available to the customer and in the case of animals we do not sell these on line at all, as we do not believe anyone should buy an animal they have not seen before. Also we are not comfortable couriering animals to people we have never met as we feel we have a responsibility to the animal. Obviously not everything we sell needs this level of support and so we do have an on line web store as well, for the convenience of our more distant customers and so people can see what we stock.

The other reason given is a bit of a more recent change but is having a huge effect on everyone from superstores and supermarkets to any chain with a mainly out of town presence. Customers are shifting to smaller, more local shopping trips instead of large weekly or monthly expeditions to the out of town complexes. Shops like Toys R Us, Maplin, Countrywide have all now gone or are in serious trouble as well as a lot of restaurant chains that tend to inhabit these out of town retail parks.

This change is also effecting our section of the industry. In the past the trend has been away from local pet shops to larger chains on retail parks. This is changing. Customers are starting to recognise the convenience of a local store and the better levels of service and advice they can get. In our case we are actually more competitive on price as well. For customers it is starting to become a bit of a no brainer. Why travel a few miles to a faceless chainstore, staffed in the main by retail assistants with nothing more than a basic level of knowledge of the pets they are selling and the products they need and then to pay more for the privilege as well!

gloucester pet shop

 

So it was nice timing for us to have moved away from the Quays area, with its over priced shops and poor parking, to a local precinct with ample free parking, close to our main customer base but with good links to further afield. Of course you could always drive all the way out to a pet supermarket if you want but why pay more?

gloucester pet shop

 

The Angell Pets Team

Ezy Dog Collars, Leads And Harnesses Half Price

We have stocked Ezy Dog products for some time, however as part of our restocking of the new shop we have to make a bit of space. With this in mind we are offering all our remaining stock of Ezy Dog collars, leads and harnesses at half price.

This offer is open to in store and web customers. It is only for existing stock so do get in quick before the items go.

Ezy Dog chest plate harness

Ezy Dog Chest Plate Harness

Pets At Home Price £26.00

Ezy Dog Cujo Lead

Ezy Dog Cujo Lead Blue

 

Ezy Dog Cujo Lead Pink

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Black XS

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Candy Stripe XS

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar  Black S

Pets at Home price £15.00

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Candy Stripe S

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Blue S

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Blaze Orange S

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Black M

Pets at Home price £16.00

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Blue M

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Black XL

Pets at Home price £18.00

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Blue XL

Ezy Dog Neoprene Classic Collar Blaze Orange XL

So grab your bargain Ezy Dog product whilst stocks last.

The Angell Pets Team

Current livestock list growing

Following on from our move to Hucclecote we are now growing our list of livestock in store and available to order. Every now and then I post the current list. I don’t do it too often as it changes almost daily but a quick post of what we currently have is often welcomed by our customers.

We do not have birds or fish at present. We can’t stock birds until we have finished painting because of the fumes and the area where the fish are going has only just been re-plastered ready for the tanks to go in. Obviously the tanks have to be matured before we can put fish in them.

Please note this list is only what we have in store and does not include the much larger range available to order.

So here is the current list as it stands today, it will be changing tomorrow.

Mammals

gerbil

Reptiles and Amphibians

Cave gecko

Spiders

tarantula

Other invertebrates

mantis

The Angell Pets Team

 

 

Temporary Suspension of Free Local Delivery Service

Unfortunately, due to ill health we are having to temporarily suspend our popular free local delivery service with immediate effect.

Whist carrying out remedial works to our old property, prior to leaving I developed a few symptoms in my legs that have progressively worsened over the last few months during the move. After being persuaded by the family to get it checked out I have been informed that I have some rather serious damage to my spine that is going to require surgery. So, for the time being I have been forbidden to lift or carry anything and will not be able to for a few months after the required surgery.

I appreciate that the service is relied on by many customers but the injury is such that it could suddenly become life changing. I hope everyone understands that I cannot take that chance and need to have the surgery ASAP to prevent that happening. In fact the doctor originally told me I had to go in that night when she saw the results of the scan, so it’s quite bad.

We do have one or two disabled customers that cannot make it into the shop and we have taken steps to ensure these few customers can still receive their deliveries but as this is in Billie’s little Ka we can only do this for a select few who really can’t get to us.

We have a few deliveries already booked for this week and these will still be done by Billie but that will be it for a few months at least.

Sorry for the inconvenience but we now have a large car park and are much more accessible for most customers to collect in store. I have also changed the website this morning from the free local delivery option to collect in store, so customers that like to place their orders on line still can.

The Angell Pets Team