What’s in a name?
Laura Amiton chose The Filling Station for the name of her 2001 N.E. Alberta St. pet store, “to emphasize our ability to fill the needs of pets and their owners for nutritious and healthful food and treats.”
The pet supply store has been true to that mission for 15 years, and she hopes to continue to serve the community for years to come. Laura remembers in the very beginning her first location on Alberta was surrounded by empty lots and store fronts.
Growing with the neighborhood has been a source of pride. She values the sense of community, and it is evident in the number of her patrons, including four-legged ones.
Employee Yolin May estimated about 40-60 dogs a day visit the store along with their owners. They come for the treats and attention from the staff. Yolin said there are some interesting pet visitors, listing a hedgehog and a pig that did tricks.
The store’s tag line, “Feed the love” is apparent in the array of dietary options for a variety of special-needs nutrition related to skin allergies, grain sensitivities and digestive health.
All the employees are knowledgeable about the products stored on the shelves and can provide resources for most questions concerning the family pet.
“We work closely with local vets and recognize that natural products are most pet owners’ choice,” Laura explained. “I believe good nutrition is the secret to a pet’s long and active life.”
Anna Ilchak, purchasing manager, added, “We get really attached to our pet visitors. We know most of their names and their favorite treats. Many are on special diets related to diabetes, obesity and cancer, so checking in with them on their progress is rewarding.”
Healthy food and petting perks aren’t the only love being shared at the store. A variety of chew toys and activity-treat puzzles are also available.
Winter coats and rain gear for pup sizes miniature to extra-large are in stock, as well as leashes, collars, halters and a variety of devices to walk your pet comfortably and safely.
Laura stressed the local community is The Filling Station’s focus, so the store provides the best service she can and products she finds available to pet lovers in the store and online. And its merchandise is available for same-day delivery through TFSPets.com.
Kathy Crabtree lives near Fernhill Park and enjoys the constant flow of dogs happily on their way to romp off leash. In real life she is a nursing professor. In her dreams she is the creator of a series of mystery adventures of a retired female lawyer/judge of a certain age – to be named at a latter date. Contact her at KCrabtree4320@att.net.