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Carole Clark
· November 30, 2017
I've been shopping at Orvee's for almost 2 years now, ever since I adopted my rescue Bichon. They have a great selection of healthy food and treats and everything I need for my Finley. I have always h...ad excellent and friendly service here. I had my dog groomed here this week and I couldn't be happier! We are happy customers and would highly recommend Orvee's for all of your pet's needs! See More
Jay Tarry
· August 6, 2017
I love a small business that has surrvived 12-15 years. It is super clean, great assortment of high end foods, treats, etc and is priced right as well. They trimmed our dogs nails without a yipe out o...f the fidgety one!
Sorry PetMart but Orvees is just easier and nicer to shop at.
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Katy Simpson
· June 13, 2017
Originally, I was not going to post a review. My Yorkie was groomed by Tara yesterday. I decide to try out Orvee's due to it being a local small business and close to home. I have had my dog groomed a...bout 20 times already at previous places. This is from yesterday.

Upon receiving my dog I was told by Tara, "I wanted to make sure you were aware that when I was shaving Leo he jumped". Directly put (what I was told when I had her clarify), he was nicked on the leg from the razor. It is an inch to an inch and a half cut with quick stop. I was not overly upset with Tara or anyone, just puzzled. He has never been nicked before by all probably 4 groomers that have had him. I reiterate, this is probably his 20th time professionally groomed. So, I guess he jumped this time? I just wonder why he jumped, let alone to the point the groomer ended up cutting him, this time??

I changed my mind about leaving a review until I discovered little bright red "dots" on the inside of his left ear this evening. The "dots" were little red blood spots from two very small nicks. After further investigation, I noticed both of his ears were not all the way cleaned. There is still "ear dirt" left inside BOTH ears. Also, hair by one ear and around the face was not completely evenly cut on both sides.

I only gave two stars due to good customer service from everyone else.

Very sad. Very disappointed. Very concerned about this happening to another person's loved companion. As much as I wanted to support a small local business, I will not be back for grooming!
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Mary Chambliss
· September 21, 2017
Never will I spend my money here again. They sell sick animals and when you bring it their attention they act like they have no idea what you are talking about. Don't be fooled by their smiles and kin...d demeanour, just more money hungry people trying to make a buck of anyone. See More
Shonee Lynn
· March 14, 2017
Professional, affordable, clean & CARING - my little Chihuahua Posi is not the sweetest little girl, it's not uncommon for her to snap at strangers - but Orvee's groomer, Mike, handled her with such c...are and grace, I had zero worries when I dropped her off. She was finished in a timely manner, and when I picked her up she looked GREAT - and I'm pretty sure she's now bonded & in total love with Mike... The store is clean and they carry a huge variety of supplies and offer several other services too - I was not aware that anesthesia-free dentals were an available option, my little girl is 5.5 lbs so going under anesthesia for teeth cleaning has been of great concern for me, this is definitely something I'll be scheduling her for - it's extremely affordable too! We'll definitely be back again, thank you Mike for taking such great care of my little Posi! We both love & appreciate you! See More
Michael Simpson
· March 4, 2017
The above an beyond store that it is. The staff is very knowledgeable of all kinds product. The grooming service is awesome. I've tried giving my cat Fritz a bath before and doing his nails wasn't ver...y successful, however what eve staff they have doing grooming is amazing because they took great care of Fritz and nails were clipped no problem. By far the best selection for any kind of dog/cat food and some great treats my Fritzy specially love the Stella treats. Thanks Michael, and Marry for the great suggestion. I definitely will be returning. See More
Amanda High
· February 12, 2014
I've been coming to Orvee's for four years now and have always had great experiences with them. They have babysat my fish and dwarf hamsters with much diligence. Even when I needed them to convince my... unhappy hamster to take her meds every day for two weeks they did so well and without complaint. The animals for sale are well taken care of, the staff is helpful and knowledgeable, and the products provided are diligently picked through to exclude anything throuded in controversy. See More
Mark Nathwani
· June 28, 2017
I wasnt going to do this either Katy, but I feel others MUST be warned NEVER to go to this store again.
The Cat was dragged stress-fully from the carrier into the most unhygienic room full of pets hai...rs.
Then 3 nails were not clipped and 2 were waaayyyy too short for comfort.
The owner couldnt care to resolve any of these and I warn people STAY AWAY
not worth it.... !!!
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Allison M. J. Brooks
· December 19, 2015
Super Friendly Staff and The Owner is Also Always Very Kind. Everyone is Exceptionally Accommodating from Recommending Foods to Carrying Heavy Items to Your Vehicle.
The Store is Cleaner Than Clean a...nd Well Stocked in a Pleasant & Easy to Find Arrangement! My German Shepherd and I are Really Happy to Visit Orvee's Pet Center Every Month for Her Food, Treats and Other Needs !
Did I Mention Their A+ / #1 Rated Staff ? Definitely Worth Repeating !
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Linda McMillan
· April 3, 2017
This is the best pet store in the Tampa Bay area. They truly love and care for animals. The prices and hours are very reasonable. Highly recommended.
Brian Vickery
· July 25, 2015
Great store and staff. Everyone is friendly and helpfull. Just a great place to shop for your pets.
Katelyn Shatz
· December 12, 2016
Great price and selection of food and supplies!! Staff is ALWAYS friendly and helpful. Shop local!!!
John Stokes
· June 9, 2017
Professional and competent staff, that obviously love animals very much! Highly recommend!!! Christina and John Stokes
Jennifer R Sims
· July 5, 2015
I was an employee here i would not take my dog-cat to be groomed here the one groomer is very aggressive with the animals gets frustrated alot. My second day at the job they lost a dog named (buddy) t...hey didnt even know he was missing till i said something about a dog running off behind the building. Not only that they never told the owner of buddy that he got out and was almost run over by several cars.The dog was finally caught by the groomer and I at the corner at the 4way stop behind the building!!!! Not to mention the fish do come in sick and contaminated. They go through employees like water .And they can't seem to get food you ordered over 2months ago so yes I have taken my business elsewhere. See More
Mendy Wolfe Kirsch
· October 28, 2015
I can always expect high quality product and service from Orvee's! The staff always goes above and beyond to be courteous and helpful!
Tara Lane Calhoun
· July 20, 2015
Knowledgeable and friendly staff, reasonable prices, and great animal care. Love to shop here.
Mari E. Thomas
· April 18, 2016
Excellent service. My Prince Gizmo looks anazing. And my Avery says she enjoyed her spa time!
Frank Sims
· July 5, 2015
Every fish that I have purchased here has died . They come in sick and contained. And they still sell you the fish. The employee turn over is to high in this pet store . Get comfortable with one empl...oyee and then there replaced by someone whom has no idea of whats going on. See More
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This a long letter from an animal shelter manager. I DARE EVERYONE to read this entire letter. How will you contributed to change this situation???

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Heaven Mahle

The shelter manager's letter:

"I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge wake-up call.

As a shelter manager, I am going to sha...re a little insight with you all - a view from the inside, if you will.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know - that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

How would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at - purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

No shortage of excuses
The most common excuses I hear are:

We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets?

The dog got bigger than we thought it would.
How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

We don't have time for her.
Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

She's tearing up our yard.
How about bringing her inside, making her a part of your family?

They always tell me:
We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her. We know she'll get adopted - she's a good dog. Odds are your pet won't get adopted, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?

Well, let me tell you. Dead pet walking!

Your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off, sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy.
If it sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run / kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.
If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take him / her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.
If your dog is big, black or any of the "bully" breeds (pit bull, rottweiler, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.
If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed, it may get a stay of execution, though not for long. Most pets get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.
If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles, chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

The grim reaper
Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".
First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails. That is, until they get to "The Room".

Every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks when we get to the door. It must smell like death, or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there. It's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs (depending on their size and how freaked out they are). A euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk it's leg. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood, and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep" - sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.
When it all ends, your pet's corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back, with all of the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know, and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal, and you can always buy another one, right?

Liberty, freedom and justice for all
I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head. I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it will always be there unless people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.
My point to all of this is DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to - the truth hurts and reality is what it is.
I just hope I maybe changed one person's mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this thing on Facebook and it made me want to adopt".
That would make it all worth it."

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SO FRUSTRATING!!! Phone Company is working as fast as they can. When you call the store you get a message that our phones are disconnected. Yet we call call out. After being on hold for 30 minutes. I'm told that this is a wide spread problem. They are working on it, it's a top priority. I felt sorry for the customer service agent. He thank me for understanding. He's been dealing with some very upset customers. I hope his day gets better and ours.