What's a pet store
without the pets? Boring! While we don't always have every animal
pictured, we aim to represent mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians,
fish, and invertibrates. Come on in and visit the zoo!
The Paw Shoppe
also works with Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) to host
rescue cats and rabbits. The shelter cats, in particular, have
been spayed/neutered and are up to date on vaccines based on
their age and weight. Rescue rabbits have been spayed/neutered.
An application in-store is required to be cleared with LBACS
Contrary to popular
belief, we do not have dogs or puppies for adoption, but we do
still love to see them! To find more rescue animals, including
dogs, visit Long
Beach Animal Care Services and select ADOPTIONS.
Note: To purchase
pets customers must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied
by an approving parent or guardian.
If you need crickets,
worms, mice, rats, feeder fish, and yes, roaches, then
come on in! We are stocked twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Our official regular
- crickets (small,
- mealworms (small,
- mice (pinkies,
fuzzies, hoppers, adults)
- rats (small,
- hornworms (also
known as goliath worms)*
- dubia roaches
- feeder fish (small),
usually pond comets or common goldfish
We can sometimes
order fruitflies with advance notice.
Note: Live food
customers must be at least 18 years old to purchase mice, rats,
or fish, or have been identified as a regular authorized customer
for these animals.
* This species is an agricultural
pest. It is unlawful to release matured moths into the wild.
Don't be naughty!
Paw Shoppe has
a 24-hour guarantee on the animal's viability from time of purchase.
The sex, health, or behavior of an animal cannot be guaranteed.
What is your
return policy on animals?
We accept returns
of all animals, for any reason, with original sales receipt within
24 hours of its purchase. Please note, that after 24 hours, acceptance
of returned animals depends if we have space to house the animal
again. After the 24 hour period, a refund is not guaranteed.
If you need to
return an adopted rescue cat or rabbit, please call us first;
it is likely that we can host the animal here at the shop again.
Do you take
if the animal is in good health and we have the facility to house
it. By state law, we cannot accept donated dogs, cats, or rabbits.
Paw Shoppe follows standard animal quarantine procedures for
new livestock entering the store, especially birds, before they
are put up for sale. Please note that a donated animal is a surrender;
we do not buy pets.
What is a good
first pet for my child?
that question: What is a good first pet for our family? After
all, can a parent reasonably expect their child to consistently
care for an animal day after day? At some point, the novelty
wears out and then neglect creeps in. It happens in every household,
and we've experienced it ourselves with our own kids. If we may
be frank: responsibility for the family pet belongs to you, the
Before you get
a pet, do your homework. Consider the long term costs,
the maintenance time, and is it age-appropriate for your child?
(Can your child crush it or will the animal fight back?) Most
importantly, will all of you enjoy having this pet in your household?
Now, since you
asked, here's our recommendations:
- leopard gecko
- bearded dragon
- small snake (that
- frog or toad
I would like
to adopt a rescue cat or rabbit in the shop. What do I need to
First, come in-person
to fill out an adoption application and so that we can meet you.
If an animal has an application pending, we still invite you
to apply, since some applicants change their mind and don't adopt.
Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) will then contact you
directly to interview you further and give the approval. There
is no home visit required.
by LBACS, please come in to pay the adoption fee and take home
your new pet! We can provide a disposable carrier if you don't
Note: We do not
hold rescue animals for more than 24 hours after you are approved
to adopt. Once you been approved by LBACS, please come into the
shop to adopt the animal, otherwise we have to make the animal
available for more applicants. Thank you.
How do I keep
keep their temperature stable,
keep them fed and watered,
keep them clean.
If you need to
store any quantity of crickets for feeding, put them in a smooth-sided
plastic terrarium with a well-ventilated top. A plastic storage
container is fine, as long as you poke holes in the top! Give
them places to hide, such as separated egg carton or paper tubes.
If there isn't enough space for each cricket, they will start
to cannibalize each other!
to be kept at a constant mild room temperature: 68-75°F.
The garage is probably not a good place to house your crickets
unless you can verify that it stays room temperature year-round.
You can feed crickets
oatmeal, carrots, potatoes, organic greens, crushed dog food,
and commerical cricket diets. When feeding vegetables, replace
them every day or two. Moldy produce will kill crickets!
cotton balls in a very shallow dish, such as a yogurt lid, so
they can't drown in open water. Change regularly.
Clean your cricket
bin every two days. Tap all of the crickets off of the egg carton,
remove food and water. With a wide, soft brush, sweep crickets
and debris to one side. Replace the egg carton on the opposite
end. The crickets, seeking darkness, will flock back to the egg
carton. Remove the debris.
Once a week, move
out the crickets and clean the bin with a diluted bleach solution.
Rinse well and dry. Put in fresh egg carton. Then rebuild your
More Tips: Avoid
using ammonia (Windex), bleach, or pesticides near your crickets.
Keep them out of direct sunlight.