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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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!!