By Rick Rogers
Neosho Daily News
Posted Jan 24, 2010 @ 12:17 AM
Neosho, Mo. 64850
Devin Harris is no stranger to the pet industry.
The Las Vegas, Nev., native and Neosho resident for the past six years has worked in the pet industry for 21 years, and on Friday, he and Chris Wright officially opened Noah’s Ark Pet Store at 1071 S. Neosho Blvd.
The store will offer a wide range of pets for sale including registered purebred puppies, freshwater and marine fish and coral, Exotic birds, as well as pet supplies, pet food and other pet-related items.
On Friday morning, the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed Harris, Wright and the store to its ranks with a ribbon cutting event.
A crowd of more than 35 chamber members gathered at the store, and enjoyed interacting with the puppies and other animals for sale.
Harris, who worked for the Hunte Corporation when first coming to Southwest Missouri, has worked nearly his entire career in the pet industry.
“I have always been an animal lover, when I was five or six years old, My family lived in Illinois and I would bring home all sorts of animals,” Harris said. “Around 11 or 12, I was given the opportunity to work as a volunteer at a little pet store. I worked there for four years, and when I was of age they hired me on full time. I worked for a Petland franchisee later for nine years, and opened my own shop after that. Having worked in several pet related fields I am excited to be back in a retail setting where I can work with and educate the public.”
Harris said his expertise is in puppies, birds, and fish, he also used to breed and train dogs.
Harris said the store will carry puppies, kittens, exotic birds and fish, but will be limited in reptiles. The store also has unique items such as Stingrays, poison arrow frogs, sugar gliders and other mammals. They will offer special order services also.
The store will carry a variety of pet food labels including Royal Canin, Marshall, Kaytee, Zupreem, and more.
Grooming will also be available, and that service will start this week.