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With the approaching holiday season, Bay Area pet owners often include the family pet on their gift list. While many pet store chains carry an adequate stock of staples, boutique pet stores may showcase higher-quality or more unique products. Local boutique stores offer everything perfect for stuffing Fluffy’s stocking, from food and treats to toys and beds. Here are five of San Francisco’s best shops for holiday shopping for pets.

199 Mississippi St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 863-7297

With two San Francisco locations, Pawtrero has been serving city pet owners since 2002. Originally started to meet the needs of two local dog owners, Pawtrero is a combination doggie bathhouse, healthy pet food store and a supply shop. Shop owners strive to source as many products as possible from local ingredients and suppliers. Holiday shoppers will find everything needed for both cats and dogs, including raw foods, treats and toys.

Mission Critter
2959 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-9649

Mission Critter is one of San Francisco’s newer independent pet stores. More boutique-sized than some of the larger stores, Mission Critter is well-known for its stellar customer service and knowledgeable staff. The shop carries a decent selection of both dog and cat foods, including raw diets for both. Grab some Christmas goodies for the pets by snapping up a new collar, plush bed or cat cave.

Pet’s Corner
3701 Geary Blvd. #102
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-7387

The Richmond area Pet’s Corner is a family-owned pet store that carries dog and cat supplies, as well as things for birds and other small animals. The owners stock a selection of health-conscious pet foods, grooming supplies, treats and toys. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and caring, and will happily assist pet owners searching for the perfect holiday present. Pricing is competitive with other independent area pet supply stores.

Catnip + Bones
2220 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 359-9100

Located in the Cow Hollow area, Catnip + Bones is another must-stop shop when looking for pet presents for the holidays. Like other area stores, the shop is home to a well-stocked selection of food and basic supplies, but definitely leans more towards a true pet boutique. Owners will find all manner of great gifts, ranging from fleecy blankets to sweet doggy sweaters. Friendly owners dole out free treats and can help pet owners with new food selection, occasionally even offering samples.

2512 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 441-0564

With two San Francisco locations, one in the Fillmore and the other in Pacific Heights, George pet boutique is a cute little shop full of a large variety of cat and dog supplies. In addition to select foods, the store has an abundant selection of cute pet gifts. There are squishy beds, plenty of plush toys, blankets and even doggy carry bags. Pets and owners alike will delight in the treat selection that includes not only a large number of bulk treats sold by the pound, but also individually frosted pet cookies and even birthday cakes.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on