Fang! Pet & Garden Supply opened its doors in 2012 in the growing Kenton neighborhood 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, bunnies and other small animals.
In a neighborhood where many homes have chicken coops, Fang! has found a niche offering a wide variety of chicken food and supplies as well as knowledgeable advice from the staff on raising backyard chickens.
The personal service and attention that the store’s team gives their customers ensure the very best recommendations for each individual pet’s needs. Fang! is proud to be an integral part of the thriving North Portland Kenton neighborhood business district.
Fang! 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 whom Nancy’s husband adopted just five days after their wedding who changed everything. Monk made Nancy a dog lover, growing her appreciation for animals and eventually leading her to run her own pet supply store.
As the owner of Fang! Pet & Garden Supply, 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 in North Portland, not far 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.
Jeremy’s love for animals is what inspires him to work in the pet industry. He started out wanting to pursue a career as Veterinarian, “animals enrich our lives, and always have an unconditional love for you. My animals have always brought me a sense of relaxation and peace.”
He characterizes his role at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply as “the behind the scenes” guy. And for the past seven months as the store manager of Fang!, his major responsibilities include curating products and working with customers on special orders and requests. He loves being on the floor though, delighting customers – and ensuring they have an excellent shopping experience! “I love to come out and see my favorite furry buddies in the neighborhood,” adds Jeremy.
What gets Jeremy out of bed in the morning?
“I love that I get to work for a company that has a passion for animals and is in my neighborhood. I like to see all the familiar faces whether it’s customers or friends.” Come and meet Jeremy when you have time to stop by!
Ask him about his Tortoise Shell cat, Suki, a senior he adopted from the Oregon Humane Society when she was a kitten. He calls her a cat/dog since she likes to fetch and ride in the car. He’s now searching for another buddy, that will get along with Suki, so keep your eyes open!
Calling it his lucky day when he got hired on at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply, Cesar has been part of the team for 2.5 years now. He’s a small animal expert, and his knowledge doesn’t stop with the care and feeding of cute and cuddly rodents like mice, rabbits, and Guinea pigs. He has about 10 pets in his menagerie, ranging from one dog, two cats, a snake named Raoul, and a hedgehog. There are also three tarantulas and two geckos.
It’s this background that makes him an excellent resource for pet owners who own or want to own, critters that are a bit more exotic.
From habitat to food, Cesar enjoys teaching pet owners how best to care for these unique charges.
He can discuss the pros and cons of feeding frozen or live mice to snakes, or why Dubia roaches might be a better food choice than crickets.
Because his beloved Dachshund, Bullet, has a sensitive stomach, Cesar is also well-versed in the dietary challenges faced by dogs and cats. Like his Fang! counterparts, Cesar believes that the quality of food is integral to the quality of life. This is as true for reptiles and rodents as it is for dogs and cats.
“We offer high-quality products,” he explains. “And most of what we have are things we’ve tried and used ourselves. It helps us understand what our customers are dealing with, and it helps us make better recommendations.”
Garden Center Department Head
My interest in plants began with my education in Ayurveda and Western Herbology, where health is in part derived from both wild and cultivated plant allies. As my interest in growing and wildcrafting my own foods and medicines grew, I moved to Hawaii. For several years I worked the land and supported a sustainable island food system. Being surrounded by tropical plants and tending to their needs gave me a new appreciation for the plants we cultivate as household companions.
Back on the mainland, I have found my way to a different side of the plant industry. At Fang! Pet & Garden Supply, I head up the houseplant and garden nursery departments. I am responsible for purchasing, budgeting, aesthetic direction and educating. I love going to the flower market early in the morning and vying for exotic and unusual plants to offer in our houseplant department. I also enjoy getting to work outside in the spring and summer months while we educate new gardeners on the possibilities of food sufficiency.
I began at Salty’s Pet Supply back in 2010 after working in the Veterinary field and have spent a long time working with dogs and cats. And after moving back from Hawaii, I went back to Salty’s as the store manager in the summer of 2016 until the opportunity to develop the nursery and indoor plant sections at Fang! presented itself at the beginning of 2017
My cat Livia (well she’s a dog-cat/adventure kitty) has helped me expand my understanding of feline intelligence and how deep the relationship between us can be. (My cat did not tell me to say that).