A Message from the Owner

April 1, 2019



Dear fellow animal lovers,


Born and raised in the Sunset, I grew up visiting The Animal Connection. I felt the innocent joy of hearing large, colorful, parrots speak as clear as people, and the exuberance of watching bright little fish dart back and forth in their tanks. I remember bringing my guinea pig in to get his nails trimmed by Jennifer and I remember, after adopting our first family dog, perusing the aisles for yummy treats and chews. The Animal Connection has truly been a staple of the neighborhood since the 80's. 


I can still hear my mother yelling at me, the summer after graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep, to get a summer job before shipping off to college. The Animal Connection seemed like a perfect fit for an animal lover like me! On my first day, I accidentally let Castro, the big scarlet macaw, out of his cage when I was cleaning his cage. Castro looked at me with his beady eyes and giant beak and I saw my life flash before my eyes. He ran at me and I closed my eyes and braced for impact--I thought he was attacking me. When I opened my eyes, Castro was playing with my shoelaces and rolling around in playful excitement! I fell in love with the store all over again, that day, and everyday, since then, my passion for pets has deepened.  


Sure enough, every winter/summer vacation during college, I would visit home and pick up shifts at the store. I couldn't imagine being home and not working with Joe & Jen and the rest of the Animal Connection family! 


The Animal Connection has become, what I describe as, a family heirloom. It was passed down from owner to owner for the past 30+ years, always keeping it in The Animal Connection family. On April 1st, 2019, the baton was passed once more, from Jennifer to me!


With the exception of a few changes (e.g. a surprisingly intimidating new cash register and extended hours) I hope to be able to continue to provide the expert advice, competitively priced premium pet products (try saying that five times!), and specialty items for your furry, scaley, and feathered friends. 


It's not just the animals and the staff that make The Animal Connection so great--it's our customers too. I know an alarming amount of neighborhood dogs by name. I take pride in knowing my customer's orders. I even find joy in greeting our regular bird boarders when they come through the door. To our loyal customers: I will forever be grateful for your patronage.


It's my honor to bear the title of owner of the greatest pet store that ever was--The Animal Connection. 


Beya Alcaraz

Owner of The Animal Connection


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The Animal Connection

2550 Judah St. 

(corner of 31st & Judah)

San Francisco, CA 94122



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