We all know dogs and cats can’t get jobs (other than the full-time position of being adorable), so it’s up to us, the lucky pet owners, to buy only the best for our pets. Sometimes that’s a new dog bed perfect for curling up on in front of a fire. Maybe it’s a catnip-laced stuffy to give your feline friend a wild time. Or maybe you want to give your brightly feathered bird the treats they deserve. No matter your needs, stores all over Marin have your back. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Woodlands Pet Food & Treats (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Pet Store picks see below.
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We’ve broken it down by region: Southern and Central Marin.
If you’re the type of person who likes to do your shopping at Costco, you’ll find yourself right at home with this store’s selection of all-natural treats sold in bulk. Its specialty is in food and treats, whether that’s wet, dry, freeze-dried, or raw, and every food item is healthy as well as tasty. Best Friends Pet Supplies also supports small businesses and carries unique products made exclusively for the store. If you’re short on time, consider trying curbside pickup and delivery. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
219 Caledonia St., Sausalito, 415.324.7121
Here, you’ll find staff members who want to get to know your pet and their needs, and who stand ready to offer expert advice. Also on-site are self-service pet washes and walk-in veterinary services. If you have a bird or smaller furry friend, this store will provide you with things you might not have been able to find at other stores. Their motto is simple: if they wouldn’t trust a product with their own pet, they won’t sell it to you. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
743 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley, 415.389.3333
Woodlands isn’t just a great place for quality pet food and stuffed toys, although it definitely is that as well. On Wednesdays, it offers puppy training taught by expert trainer Mike Wombacher — if you’re interested, be sure to register in advance. If you’re looking for a kitty, Woodlands also has options, as they partner with an animal rescue program to provide in-store cat adoptions. Looking for quick care for your pet? Look no further, as they have a dental cleaning service and a vaccination clinic. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
701 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, 415.388.7387
A newer shop entering the pet store scene, Brownie’s is a woman-owned center of Marin’s cat and dog culture. Named after the owner’s pug, Brownie, the establishment provides a warm atmosphere in a gray house that’s almost as adorable as your pet. For a space smaller than your standard chain store, it’s unbelievable how wide a selection of items mostly made in the United States. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
276 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 415.758.8106
Specializing in quality accessories and supplies, Dogville carries a wide range of products such as collars, beds, and treats. The owner, Staysea, always puts 110% into providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere to put any nervous pet owner at ease and always remembers her regulars’ canine companions. She’s also well-known for being able to figure out exactly what you need and make on-point recommendations. Hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
554 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, 415.454.2090
Complete with a self-service pet wash and a veterinarian clinic, Pet Club has it all. Both cats and dogs are welcome at the clinic. The establishment is also friendly for those on a budget, providing high-quality goods at reasonable prices for those who prefer not to completely break the bank whenever their beloved pet needs a delicious new treat. You won’t find the more premium brands here, but if you’re looking for something just as good in a comfy atmosphere, you can’t go wrong. Hours are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
508 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, 415.927.2862