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Shauna: Owner

Pets: Red setter (Maverick), royal python (Safira), 2 green cheek conures (Ruben & Rolo), panther chameleon (Flash), crested gecko (Elvis) and a gang of rabbits and guinea pigs! Also a baby Homosapien and red eyed tree frogs!


Favourite animal in the store: Chameleons, rabbits, snakes and tarantulas.....I love them all really!

 

I've always had a huge interest in animals, and in 2008 I decided to switch careers and get involved in the pet shop industry. I spent the next few years working in a number of pet shop's and got to learn from some great managers. During this time, a chance encounter with former Dublin Zoo head vet John Bainbridge gave me the opportunity to really expand my knowledge of reptiles and exotics.


This passion and experience led to me opening my own store in 2011. We were quickly able to attract a really loyal base of customers, and the shop has gone from strength to strength ever since. It has taken a lot of time and effort, but I've loved being able to interact with so many different animal lovers along the way, from customers to breeders to the amazing vets and charities we work with.


As well as Shauna's Pet Shop, I am also involved in helping with a wide range of adoptions, from small animals to dogs. I use my store as a platform to match up pets needing homes with the perfect new owner. I am also very proud to be able to raise funds for rescue centres that are close to my heart, in particular DSPCA and TNR West Dublin.


I'm immensely proud of the team and the work that we do, and I'm looking forward to even better things to come.

Caroline: Manager

Pets: Cat (Casha), crested gecko (Snickers), African house snake (Mango), royal python (Harry), oketee cornsnake (Cleo), Ackie's monitor (Arlo), leopard gecko (Bandit)

 

Favourite animal in the store: Crested geckos & russian dwarf hamsters

 

I’ve always had a love for animals and wanted to work with them. In 2013 I started volunteering at the DSPCA rescue centre and loved every minute of it. It was from the first day there that I knew I wanted to work in the animal welfare area. I learned a lot about dog behaviour, training and medical issues being hands on with dogs and I really got to understand them and how they understand us.


This led me to being accepted to study a Masters Degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare in Queen’s University Belfast, where I studied genetics, farm animal welfare, animal communications, animal intelligence and sentience. I received a Master of Science First Class Honours Degree for my research into measuring dog behaviour in relation to different types of barking when in a shelter environment. While collecting data in the shelter and writing my thesis of the results I found, I was offered a job in the Dog Adoptions Team at the DSPCA. I worked there for 3 years and absolutely loved it. It was wonderful to be a part of such a passionate and kind team and so heart warming to see how hard everyone works to rehabilitate animals who have suffered extensive cruelty. They are an amazing team and still very close to my heart.


In 2019 I met Shauna and was hired as the manager in Shauna’s Petshop. I love the message of ethical animal treatment, proper enclosures and husbandry for our animals. I really wanted the opportunity to be a part of a business who is working towards bettering the life of our animals and give them the best as they deserve it!

Lisa: Assistant Manager

Pets: Three dogs (Cosmo, Jet and Hawk), cat (Garfield), two crested geckos (Avalon & Alenko), two African fat tail geckos (Felafel & Samosa), Russian dwarf hamster (Cheese), shrimp & guppies!

 

Favourite animal in the store: hamsters and crested geckos! I can't just have one favourite!

 

I started working with animals back in 2013 at the DSPCA. Being in an animal carer role is very hands on, you end up learning a lot about what you are capable of and the animals in your care teach you things that no book would be able to.

I developed a love for obedience and trick training through working with dogs as well as helping owners gain confidence and improve the bond they have with their four legged family members in training classes at the DSPCA. Dog training and behaviour has been a passion of mine for years and now I find that broadening towards general animal training and behaviour as well since being lucky enough to join the Shauna's Pet Shop team in 2019.

Scott would say, "mammals, they're Lisa's thing" but I also have a huge soft spot for different species of geckos!

Chloe: Team Leader

Pets: Cat (Grace), royal python (Richard)


Favourite animal in the store: Axolotls & Ruben and Rolo! 

 

I am a Zoology graduate from UCD specifically interested in conservation and rehabilitation.

I’ve always wanted to work with animals since I was little. Whenever I had the chance, I would visit the zoo, aquarium or other animal facilities! Last year I had the privilege of working in Sealife with both freshwater and marine animals which was a dream come true!

My favourite section to work in in Shauna’s Petshop is downstairs in our aquatic section with our fish. I love setting up fish tanks and helping our customers start their own fish communities at home. My favourite part of my job is providing enrichment for the animals in my care and raising eggs. 

Andy: Customer Assistant 

Pets: Labrador x Lurcher rescues (Simon & Banjo from KWWSPCA), Cape Gopher Snake ("Dora" Pituophis vertebralis), Syrian Hamster Rescue (Britney), Hypo-translucent Bearded Dragon ("Gizzard" Pogona vitticeps), Green Bottle Blue Tarantula ("Azul" Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens), Guatemalan Tiger Rump Tarantula (Davus pentaloris), Indian Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria regalis), Bengal Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria miranda), 2 Tropical Fish Tanks.


Favourite animal in the store: This is a tough one since I have an obsession with tarantulas but I am quite fascinated by the various frog species in Shauna's. I love the Red-Eye Tree Frogs, the White's Tree Frogs, and the Peppermint Pacman Frog. I also admire the Salmon Pink Bird-eating Tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana) since they ge to quite some size! I am also a huge fan of the different species of hamster we have, they're wonderful little animals. 

3 years ago I started studying the Animal Welfare and Animal Behaviour components from the QQI Level 5 Science course. I loved the course and decided to take on the full QQI Level 5 Animal Science course, I have since completed the course and received my certificate, now I am finishing up my QQI Level 6 Advanced Animal Science. While I will always appreciate my canine companions and felines, I have discovered a major passion towards the welfare and husbandry of exotic animals through my volunteering at the National Reptile Zoo. Keeping my own pets has pushed an independent drive for me to stay informed and do my research on the various animals I look after, The harder I work, the more better off the animals are.

Rebecca: Customer Assistant

Pets: two dogs (Dobby & Teddy), 6 mice (Dubh, Liath, Púca, Samhain, Nollaig & Sneachta)

Favourite animal in store: Definitely the leopard geckos!

 

I’ve had a huge interest in animals my whole life, especially dogs, rodents & large farm animals. I graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Further Education with a distinction in Animal Science in 2020. I’ve had work experience in veterinary practices, dog rescues, and farms. I have a passion in particular for canine enrichment and proper small animal care.

 

I jumped at the opportunity to work with the team in Shauna’s Pet Shop, as a customer I really valued their ethics as they line up with my own.

I love working with the animals in store and getting to know all their unique personalities. It’s hard not to get attached, but at least when they go, I know they will have a fantastic life in their new home!

 

I got my hamster..

I got my hamster , Mishu, from Shauna's pet shop back in late September. They were super accommodating, with delivery service that was fast and on time! Their hamster enclosures are great and spacious and my baby is so happy with all the treats and toys we got from there. I would totally recommend getting your small pets and supplies from Shauna's pet shop rather than other big stores that don't care about the animals they sell.

Mim Mangan - 14/01/2021

Definitely the best pet shop..

Definitely the best pet shop in Dublin! I am always so happy with the brilliant service Shauna’s Pet Shop provides. Staff are super invested in the well-being of their animals and are always happy to help. I also just need to mention how friendly the employees are ☺️ Just brought home my newest family member today and couldn’t be more excited, she is active, happy and alert. Thank you all the lovely staff at Shaunas!

🐸Saoirse Reddin - 14/01/2021

Lovely pet shop..

Lovely pet shop with staff that really love animals. Placed an order for pet food on a weekend and it arrived Tuesday morning. Excellent service. Also got one of my hamsters from there over a year ago :)

Joyce Madden - 14/01/2021

Shauna's Pet Shop is not olny amazing

Shauna's Pet Shop is not olny amazing and has everything your pet could ever need, but the staff goes out of their way to help the customers. I had an order delivered today while I was freaking out about a spider in my apartment (I have a huge phobia) and knowing they have spiders in the store I asked the deliverer if she could help me out in getting rid of it. She kindly agreed and took it out of my house. She was super nice about it! ..and I really appreciate it ! Shauna's will continue to be my go to Pet Shop in Dublin. Thank you!!

Lali Maggio - 14/01/2021

As a trainee vet nurse

As a trainee vet nurse I 100% recommend Shaunas pet shop! The staff are so friendly and so well trained. They really care about their animals. They won’t sell to just anyone and you can tell they have a great staff morale. Will definitely be returning and thank you for letting me adopt a hamster x -

DL - 14/01/2021

Ordered from shauna's pet shop

Ordered from shauna's pet shop for the first time and I'll definitely be ordering again. Only put my order in yesterday morning and it arrived this morning!! Amazing service, so quick! Fantastic that this pet shop is selling quality and safe products for hamsters. Thank you 💕☺️

Anne Derwin - 14/01/2021

The best pet shop in Ireland ❤

The only shop in Ireland to stock Rodipet, which is amazing! Shauna's promotes the PROPER care of animals and ethical breeding! Extremely fast delivery on online orders too! The best pet shop in Ireland ❤

Sarah Burns - 14/01/2021

Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. They obviously care for the animals very much and want the best for them. They take their time to get you all the information you need in the best products and care needed for pets. Will be my go to from now on.

Rebecca Fagan - 14/01/2021

Really friendly..

Really friendly and helpful staff! Got my whole hamster set up here for an affordable price! Thanks so much

Isobel Strudwick - 14/01/2021

Boarding our buns..

Boarding our buns and never had an issue. Always send us pics and messages to reassure that they're being looked after well.

jen gore - 14/01/2021

Good pet shop..

Good pet shop in the centre of town has very friendly and helpful staff its quite small premises but with a lot of stock always feel like I'm going to knock stuff over

Steven Elliott - 14/01/2021

Always has the best brands..

Always has the best brands of bird food, the deliveries are always on time and overall it is my go to when I need pet supplies

NEZUMI - 14/01/2021

Best pet shop..

Best pet shop there is in Ireland, only gets and sells animals from ethical breeders so you can be sure you’re getting a healthy pet. Also only advises proper care for all animals, proper cage and tank sizes, proper set ups etc, this making them the only pet shop in the country that does so. Most other pet shops sell animals from rodent mills, and cages and other products that are unsuitable and unsafe for animals. So you know you’re getting the correct advice and best care when you go to Shauna’s :)

Tara O'Connor - 14/01/2021

Couldn't recommend this shop more

Couldn't recommend this shop more, the staff Lisa and Robert were so helpful and informative. Lisa is also a dog trainer and groomer so she was a fountain of knowledge of how to keep my Irish Terrier puppy stimulated and secure in the correct lead and harness. I recommend bringing your dog in with you so they can try on the different harnesses and see what works best for them. It's also so important to support small Irish independent store's like this one 👍

Clare Aherne - 14/01/2021

Lovely place

Lovely place, the animals aren't treated as products and have adequate enclosures, a rare quality in the business. The owners are very sympathetic and know what they're doing. The care instructions on the enclosures brought a smile to my face, as it furthermore confirms this is the best place in Dublin for animal care.

First man in the jungle - 14/01/2021

I used to go there on my bad days to look at the bunnies!

I used to go there on my bad days to look at the bunnies! Then, I finally bought a rabbit from them! 🐇 I'm just so happy to have such a lovely pet shop close to work! The staff is always super helpful and friendly 😍

Marta Martinho - 14/01/2021

Bravo for the amazing services!

Bravo for the amazing services! This pet shop is really known for its amazing services and products. It was these guys that provided me with anything that I needed for my beloved pets. Also, the prices they are offering are just within my budget, and I liked it very much. I'm sure that the services of this pet shop will be my number one option from now on. Greatly done, guys! Thanks!

Scott Long - 14/01/2021

Amazing shop and staff.

Amazing shop and staff. We got this little guy from them and they have been so helpful with any questions and recommendations to take the best care of him. 100% would recommend Shauna's and look forward to my next visit there.

Joseph Lynch - 14/01/2021

I bought a “Muddy Paws”

I bought a “Muddy Paws” outdoor rug for my dog, it arrived so quickly. The website it full of brilliant products and easy to navigate. This is my third purchase from Shauna’s in the last couple of years and I will continue to return.

T. Crox - 14/01/2021

Honestly such amazing..

Honestly such amazing passion from all the people I chatted to, they helped to answer my questions and even more. Happy new owner of two Gerbils thanks to them! Would recommend to anyone looking for pets or pet supplies or even just pet information in general, Amazing!

Alex Wong - 14/01/2021

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