About us

Pet in the City has products for all pets, and healthy food options for every body. If it’s not in the store, we will work with you to special order exactly what your pet needs. We understand that while our pets are important, life sometimes has more to-do’s than time, which is why we offer in-store and curbside pickup, as well as local delivery.

We are excited to bring Pet in the City to our community! Please come in and let us get to know you and your pets, and be sure to check the ‘News & Events’ page for regular updates on adoption events, local vet services, seminars, and training.

We are conveniently located at 9600 Monroe Road in Charlotte, North Carolina

Our Store Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 AM until 9 PM; Sunday 11 AM until 6 PM

The most appropriate adage for our owner, Tara Belzer, might be good things come to those who wait...although, ‘waiting’ may not be 100% accurate. After over 25 years of working in (and learning everything about) the pet business, Tara decided it was finally time to make her dream of opening her own store a reality. Pet-parent to four special needs dogs, two cats, a Green Cheek Conure, and a school of fish, Tara has longed for a store that puts the pet first through partnerships with pet-owners and the community to deliver holistic and thoughtful care, service, and products...as well as a place to spread her animal knowledge - from lizards to Labradors… seriously, just ask and you’ll have a friend for life!

Victoria has been an avid animal lover her entire life. Over the years, this love has taken her into the careers that involved animal care and wellness including veterinary field, pet retail, pet sitting and fostering special needs pets.

She became interested in pet nutrition after her dog Uno became sickened during the 2007 melamine recall. Even though her dog recovered without any lasting effects, it drove her to research more about the pet food industry and regulations as a whole. She realized that pet nutrition is extremely important to our companion animals as it is for us. Her passion is to educate customers about proper dietary needs for our pets in order for them to live long and healthy lives.
 
She shares her home with her dog Uno and in her free time enjoys being active, spending time outdoors, reading and just relaxing at home with a good book.
Sydney loves animals of all shapes and sizes. With a background in customer service, she loves helping find solutions to any problem. She’s a quick learner with a knack for names and will remember you (and your pet) whenever you come in. Sydney enjoys spending her free time relaxing at home with husband Jake and Doghter Bonnie, her Boxer/German Shepherd mix or trying her hand at a new craft.
Christa, who goes by Chrissy, says, "Hello! Friends, paws and all!" She has been in the grooming business for about three and a half years now. She started out at Petsmart and during her time there she became the shepherd whisperer. Within a year she started working at Petco to become a certified dog groomer. Since she started grooming, Chrissy found herself grooming more Bichon’s, poodles and all doodles more than anything. Wanting to gain more grooming experience and knowledge she decided to leave the Petco family and train under a master groomer. She spent three months learning more than basics. When Chrissy felt she was ready, she stepped out and tried her first competition with poodles as an amateur groomer. It was an experience to remember, very stressful but worth all the time she put into it. Six months later she decided to do her own thing and that’s when she saw the best opportunity at Pet in the City. "When Tara told me she was looking to add grooming I purchased my train ticket as fast as I could," Chrissy recalls. She can’t see herself doing anything else in life.

Kim is the owner of “Potential” which provides innovative programs that focus on teamwork, motivation, and utilization of resources. She is a second generation native Charlottean and after living in the lovely city of Asheville for over a decade, has returned to her roots.

While in Asheville, a 10 week old Australian Shepherd named Tanqueray picked her. She very quickly learned that “Aussies” were bred to think and move all day long. So her path of teaching and art began to overlap with dog training. She trained extensively with dog trainers through classes in obedience, agility and flyball, taking instinct tests and training herself in the art of geese removal. She received private instruction from a top agility handler. Her training has been hands-on, intensive and experimental.
 
The Versatile Dog’s “ Canine Confidence Course”, is designed to create desirable behaviors using positive reinforcement- preventing problematic behaviors. By using available resources to expose your dog regularly to a variety of stimuli and environments, you ensure your friend is adaptable and versatile; happy and able to tackle most anything.