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.
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
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.
It’s a bit of an odd one this year for Angell Pets as of course the new shop is not open until we have completed the refurbbishment work. This won’t be until the new year now but we are still trading over the telephone and online. Our trading times and deliveries for the Christmase period are below.
After what seems like forever we have just received the keys to our new premises. Our new Gloucerster pet shop will be in Hucclecote. Unfortunately there is a lot of work to do before we can open the doors to the public, especially since all our contractors are shutting down for Christmas. To speed things along we will undertake as much work as we can ourselves over the holiday period but it is still going to be several weeks before we are ready.
In the mean time you can still take advantage of our FREE local delivery service for all your pet supplies. To order just call us on 01452 501882 or go on line.
As of the 3rd of September 2017 we will be no longer opening on Sundays. This is not a decision we have taken lightly but my family have been telling me for years to take time off or at least close for a day a week. In September Albert is off to Uni. and he is the member of staff who works with me on weekends so this seems like an opportune time to make the change.
I have worked 7 days a week for the last, nearly 8 years; not having a holiday and only closing around Christmas time for a few days. The work load of the move and also delivering in the evenings is now taking its toll and I cannot keep going 7 days a week.
We recently chose to open late on Mondays at 1pm as this is the quietest time of the week for us. This is still the case. However Sundays are fairly quiet too so this seems like the best day to close as we don’t have to do any deliveries in the evening. While we are still in our current location by the quays the late opening Mondays will still be in place but this may change in the new shop.
The current shop has to be decorated before we leave. Although we have nearly finished down stairs there is still a huge amount to do upstairs. We are going to need more time to get this completed as really we need two members of staff downstairs at all times. Closing on a Sunday also means that we can come up and get on with the decorating and not have to worry about who is coming in the shop.
I hope everyone understands the need for this change and that it does not inconvenience any of our customers too much.
Angell Pets opened in 2009 with our first Gloucester pet shop in Abbeymead. We were there for five years but unfortunately had to move when our lease expired and our landlord would not renew it (they wanted the premises for their own business). We took this as an opportunity to expand our business by moving to a larger property by the Gloucester Quays that enabled us to further expand our range and add additional services to our Gloucester pet shop, such as boarding for small animals, birds and reptiles. When we moved in there was a large car park 50m away and things looked good for the future growth of our business.
Unfortunately we did not take into account the determination of Gloucester City Council to drive the small trader out of Gloucester in preference to the large out of town developments. The car park was closed 6 months after we moved in, despite the protestations of small businesses such as ours and the immediate result was a loss of 50% of our takings. We have been unable to get this business back and the frequent cry of “isn’t parking rubbish ’round here” has become like finger nails down a chalk board to us. Despite making large changes and reducing our overheads we are unable to sustain these losses so have got to move. It’s a shame because the premises itself was OK, just now in the wrong location and for other reasons too.
In addition to the parking fiasco, there are other reasons to move our Gloucester pet shop. Customers who follow us on Facebook will be aware of the issues we have had over the last three years with the power here. We have a lot of animals that rely on external heat and oxygenation. When the power goes off, it is a major issue for us and we have to do a lot of work keeping the animals safe and well. In addition we cannot trade without power which just adds to the financial pressure on the business. During the worst outage (14 hours), I had to bring up extra heating and insulation for the reptiles and stay at the shop until midnight, manually stirring the fish tanks to keep them oxygenated, all in the dark. It is 2017 for goodness sake and we have had more power cuts than the winter of discontent (yes, I am old enough to remember that).
Another major issue is the council and police’s inability to keep Gloucester City safe. We have had numerous incidents in the shop and in town whilst posting orders. Staff have been verbally and physically abused and threatened. It is unsafe for me to be absent from the premises as we never know when the next moron (or gang of morons!) is going to come in. Staff have been threatened with everything from spitting to having their throats slit. We have seen a woman outside the shop front beaten to the ground and punched whilst still down (losing teeth!) and no action has ever been taken by the police other than to “move them on”, in fact the operator told us that if I went out to the woman’s assistance I would be arrested. I can’t risk the safety of our staff. Also the level of theft is too high for us to sustain here as well.
So enough of the negatives, now the positive. We are moving again in October and it’s closer to our original customer base. The main thing is that there is ample FREE PARKING. Our new premises is likely to be in Hucclecote. The new location of our new Gloucester Pet Shop is ideal to serve our traditional customer base of Abbeymead and Abbeydale, Matson, Upton, Barnwood, Hucclecote, Longlevens, Churchdown and Brockworth. We will of course be maintaining our FREE LOCAL DELIVERY service for our customers in and around Gloucester, in Cheltenham and in Painswick. Of course our UK wide customers will not be affected by the move at all, other than to have wider choice.
So, onward and upward! Come and see us in our new Gloucester Pet Shop when it opens, even if it is just to have a nosey at the new place. It will take a little while to get everything just the way we want it and initially we may be running the two premises at the same time whilst I spend my nights moving fixtures, fittings and stock across.
We have been breeding ferrets for a number of years and the first of our 2017 ferret kits are now available for sale.
Ferrets make great pets but do have rather particular needs. Before considering buying one please do your research. A good place to start is our own ferret care sheet. It gives all the basics you need to know and some good advice on neutering, which we strongly recommend.
This first litter of ferret kits has a range of colours; albino, polecat and sandy mitt, both hobs and jills.