Donnie and Ilya opened Litterpaw Pet Supply in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood back in 2010. Their goal was to offer a welcoming shopping experience in a clean and friendly environment. They decided early on to help people buy and to listen to their customer’s requests and recommendations to fill the store.
Now in their sixth year, Donnie and Ilya have succeeded in opening the store they would want to shop at and enjoy the role they’ve carved out for themselves in the pet community.
In 2017, an opportunity presented itself to open a second location in the former home of Walk It Like A Dog in Queen Village. They took occupancy in June, opened a few weeks later and hope to become active in the community and help the pet parents of their new neighborhood spoil their pets.
Litterpaw Pet Supply began offering their cat and small pet sitting services in 2012, when a regular customer asked them to take care of her cats due to a last-minute work trip. Despite the rush, all went well and Litterpaw was suddenly in the cat sitting business. Their team of dedicated sitters have since built a solid client base, caring for cats and small pets throughout the city.
Punky Brewster, Bailey and Batgirl may be the three faces of the two stores, but Donnie and Ilya’s 18 year old cat, Guinness, and her habit of getting litter stuck in her paws was the inspiration for the name.