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Navigating these times

How We're Adjusting to Operating During the Pandemic

We've compiled a list of questions that we receive on a daily basis. Please visit our FAQ page before visiting our store!

We will be closed Sunday, March 31, 2024!

Our new address is 3401 Irving St on the Southwest corner of 35th Avenue & Irving St. We're happy to be settling into our new location!

special/holiday hours

Image by Alexander Grey


Baby Budgie


The Budgerigar, or "budgie", is a small parrot from Australia. They're more commonly referred to as "parakeets" here in US. They're a small, relatively quiet parrot with one of the largest speech capabilities! They make great pets for all kinds of people including children and adults. In fact, they're one of the only birds we recommend for kids! After we're done hand-feeding them, they end up being such sweet, playful and curious companions that really bond with their humans!


Boarding, Grooming & Surrender



And we know that when you go away on vacation, you are looking for experienced compassionate caretakers to watch your little loved ones. We are happy to offer you these boarding options so when you take time away, you can relax and know that we will show the same care for your animal as we do our own.


Pets, like people, need regular maintenance. That's why we offer grooming services for small mammals, birds, and occasionally reptiles! Whether you need their nails cut, talons trimmed, or flight feathers clipped, we're here to help!


No longer able to care for your pet? We take in most pets (as long as they are legal to own/adopt in San Francisco) with no surrender fee. We know this is a big decision that requires a lot of thought, so when you're ready to make that decision we'll be here for you!


Animal Lovers Recommend

Rob S.

"Animal Connection is the best pet and pet supply store ever. The staff truly cares about my pets' health and happiness. Animal Connection's advice offered over the years for my pets - dog, cats, gecko and boa constrictor - ensured my family cared for our pets responsibly and with confidence."

Maria R.

"The Animal Connection is the best local pet shop a pet mom could ever ask for! There's always something new and fun to bring home to my dog, cat, rat, and parakeet! An all around excellent place with an old-timey feel to it. Grateful to be able to lean on their expert staff in times of need! This place is a true staple of the community!"

Michelle B.

"The staff at The Animal Connection really know their stuff! I am so happy to find a local pet shop that I can go to and feel welcome as well as my dog, Tripper! We have have bn shopping at the AC for over 5 years now. They have great prices on Trips favorite dog chow Taste of the Wild! Thanks AC! Don't ever change; you guys are the real deal!"

Dwarf Rabbit

Greens for Small Mammals

We accept donations of produce for our small mammals!

Acceptable Produce:

  • Romaine, Red & Green leaf lettuce

  • Dandelion Greens

  • Carrot Tops

  • Chard (e.g.  swiss or rainbow)

  • Wheatgrass

  • Mustard Greens

Unacceptable Produce:

  • Iceberg lettuce

  • Cucumber

  • Tomato

  • Celery

  • Broccoli

  • Avocado

  • Potato

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