Located on Mississippi in Portland, Oregon is Salty’s Pet Supply
Salty’s Pet Supply on Mississippi in Portland Oregon, opened its doors in 2005 as a neighborhood store where owners could walk from their houses or apartments to find a friendly store stocked with a wide variety of affordable supplies, including food, toys and accessories for cats, dogs, birds and other small animals.
Over the years, owner Nancy Fedelem has grown Salty’s into a thriving business, earning a loyal customer base that appreciates the store’s expert advice and varied selection of top-quality food and products. The personal service and attention that the store’s team gives their customers ensures the very best recommendations for each individual pet’s needs. Salty’s is proud to be an integral part of the thriving North Portland Mississippi neighborhood business district.
Salty’s is deeply committed to giving back to the community it serves. Over the years, the store has partnered with numerous local rescue organizations, providing space for outreach, hosting pet food drives, donating food and supplies, and making monetary contributions. The many groups supported include: Multnomah County Animal Services, The Pixie Project, Panda Paws Rescue, Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Underdog Railroad Rescue, PAWS Team, Fences for Fido, Strut Your Mutt, Family Dogs New Life Shelter and Newberg Animal Shelter.
It is probably no surprise to anyone that Nancy loves animals, but what you may not know is that her love for dogs was not immediate. Her first pets were cats, including Rosie, who lived a long and happy life of 19 years, and James, a street kitten who followed her home one night and now lives the good life. But it was the Rottweiler/Lab mix named Monk Nancy’s husband adopted just five days after their wedding who changed everything. Monk made Nancy a dog lover, growing her love for animals and eventually leading her to run her own pet supply store.
As the owner of Salty’s, Nancy is involved in every detail of running the store, but her favorite part of the job is helping customers find the best food, treats, and toys to give their pets a great life. Nancy lives just a few blocks from the store with her husband and family of now four dogs and one cat.
From Nancy’s dog, Parker:
My full name is Parker J. Bearington and I am a Border Collie/Lab mix…I think. Before my owners adopted me, I was a street dog in Panama and was rescued after being hit by a car. The fact that I lost my leg in the accident doesn’t really phase me. I get around just like any other dog. I am very loving but also demanding and a big ham for attention. No one can resist my soft ears and sweet, loving brown eyes.
I love visiting the store with my mom where I am the official manager of the treats table, making sure all of them are delicious enough for our discriminating doggy customers. I am paid in belly rubs.
Do you have a picky and independent cat? Salty’s store manager, Alyx Winek, specializes in finicky cats! She was inspired to work with animals when the staff at a locally owned pet store helped her with her cat’s food allergies. “The knowledge that they shared with me inspired me to want to share pet nutrition knowledge with every pet owner,” adds Winek. And since August 2017, Salty’s has been lucky to have her as a valuable part of their staff.
Alyx was rescued by Simmons, a ten-year-old Basset Hound and cats Kevin and Steven. She also lives with a tiny little rescue turtle, Tater.
As the manager of Salty’s, Alyx keeps tabs on all the products requested by clients and supports her team in their never-ending quest to provide the best customer experience in Portland! And she does all of this while keeping happy customers coming back to the store for their fave toys and treats!
Why Salty’s is her dream job?
“The short story is that I love to talk about my dog and other people’s dogs all.day. long! It also helps that we basically have a puppy parade in the store all day which makes the time just fly by. Other than fawning over our four-legged guests, I love helping people that are struggling with their pets. Unfortunately, our animals can’t exactly tell us what is bothering them, but, if you know what to look for in behavior, diet, and activity, we can help figure out what is bugging them and work towards a solution,” explains Winek.
Tim was inspired to work in the animal industry when he discovered how many issues for our pets can be solved with easy, natural remedies. “When my partner and I noticed our dog, Phantom, was getting slower with age, we thought his years of hikes and beach excursions were behind him. After countless hours of research, and some trial and error, we formulated a regime of supplements that improved his overall demeanor and eased his arthritic-pain. I was amazed at how much of a difference one or two small changes to his diet made.”
Salty’s (and Phantom) Helps Fuel His Passion for Natural Remedies:
With that in mind, his goal as the assistant store manager at Salty’s Pet Supply is to learn how to better serve the community when it comes to their pets! He spends his time making sure pet-enthusiasts that come into the store are getting the best brands and service available. And he also enjoys working with customers to find natural solutions to everyday pet problems. “I am mostly knowledgeable about solutions for small itchy, anxious, or senior dogs.”
Ziggy Inspires His Natural Product Recommendations:
“I have a small rescue dog, Ziggy Stardust, who is likely a cross between a miniature poodle and an Italian-Greyhound (Pootalian). Ziggy came to us as a second-chance rescue from Southern California, but everything else about his past is a mystery. He is usually a little shy at first and likes to think he’s a cat sometimes, but we love him anyway!”
Come introduce yourself to Tim and if you have an itchy dog, ask him for thoughts on solutions as he’d love to help you!