Meet the Team


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 9 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 well as a place to spread her animal knowledge - from lizards to Labradors… seriously, just ask and you’ll have a friend for life!

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.



Stephanie is an avid animal lover, so she achieved a degree in Animal Science Specializing in Equines from the University of Florida. Soon after graduation, she began her 300-hour equine acupressure practitioner certification, followed by her certification from the National Board of Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage. Then she added another amazing certification to her practice, Red Light Therapy for Animals. With the love of all animals, she went to complete the 300-hour small animal acupressure certification and followed by the national certification.

While she has love for all animals, she also enjoys all things Disney. This includes the Star Wars universe! While the dark side has the best cookies, her favorite character, Ahsoka, is part of the light side. If you ever need someone to talk to about Star Wars or Disney World, come visit her here! At home, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, Kitty. She is also a world traveler and has been to the 4 corners of the Earth with visiting 12 countries around the world. She finds herself as a very diverse person who can talk to just about anyone about anything from crafts, Disney, pets, horses, travel, weather, plants, and the dark side


Brendan is currently a high school student at East Mecklenburg High School. He has volunteered with Rover's Rescue and Retreat, as well as with Maggie Lu's. His family has 3 dogs and a cat presently and he loves them all dearly.



Shawn, 22,  grew up in South Carolina, raised around animals all his life. Growing up, he enjoyed helping his grandad on his farm. Shout out to the Maude Shiffley ASPCA chapter in Orangeburg, SC, where Shawn has volunteered. He loves all animals but his favorites are cats! Shawn is a Slytherin, and loves theatre and music, and anything Harry Potter (obviously)! Come in and meet him, he's sure to put a smile on your face!

Want to learn about our Groomers? You can read all about them on the Groomers page!