It’s Raining Cats & Dogs! is at the forefront of nutritional information and supplies. We support regional, wholesome and ecologically friendly products wherever possible, for the benefit of your cats and dogs.
We opened our store in 2002 on Academy Road in Winnipeg, Canada, offering distinctive and unique goods for your pet.
The most important decision for our store turned out to be the pet foods we would offer our customers. The magazine The Whole Dog Journal inspired us to look at what goes into pet food and what actually constitutes a proper pet diet.
In addition to our initial research, we also talked to our customers. Older pet owners remembered their childhood pets being fed with table scraps, leftovers and meat ends. These pets lived well into their late teens with few health complications. Nutritional information has changed a lot since then, and so have we, as we continue to expand our knowledge base.
Who staffs our store?
It’s Raining Cats & Dogs! is an independent, locally owned and operated pet supply store. We are staffed by a team of folks who are inspired by their own pet relationships.
Every day owner, Brenda Elliott, brings her four-legged family to the store. Finnegan, a rescued three-legged sweet boy from D’Arcy’s A.R.C. knows every customer who’s ever fed him liver. Stanley, a cocker/bichon mutt, has become quite the store patrol and will often sit at the back door to greet customers.
Our store manager is Troy Harrison who lives with Church, the black, mischievous cat, and Roxette the dim, yet uncontrollably adorable tabby cat. Coming from Party Stuff where he worked as a store supervisor, he’s been with It’s Raining Cats & Dogs! since 2013 and is in charge of overall operations. His great sense of humor and clever wit motivates us all.
Evelyn Guy joined the store in 2011 after 30 years as a library assistant for the City of Winnipeg. She has two rescue dogs, the lovely Lacey who is the store greeter whenever Evelyn works and Bob, who (she says) is always in trouble (really Bob is just enthused about life!). The proud guardian of three cats – Tess, Joe and Laika, Evelyn’s crew are the stores reliable pet food samplers, and she can tell you what worked and what didn’t.
Joanne Reimer has worked at the store since 2010. She has two little dogs, Keyla, a senior shih tzu, and Echo, a pomeranian/terrier/poodle mix – both characters with personality-plus. Joanne, a chef for many years, knows her nutrition basics.
Ashley Albany has also been at the store since 2010. Her current companion is Syd, a black cat whose claim to fame is drinking out of a straw! Austin the dog, her first love, currently lives in Kenora.
Allyson Scrapneck , the newest member of our team, and daughter-in-law to Joanne, has wonderful personality and charm. She loves animals and is excited to keep learning and get to know all our wonderful customers!
Tammy Hupalo has been with the store for over eight years. With several dogs, cats, birds and horses who call her mom and 18 years of veterinary clinic work, she’s seen it all and is as a result well-versed in most everything to do with pets.
We truly enjoy spending time with our customers and their pets. We love to listen to your questions and concerns, and are always willing to share what we’ve learned that has benefited our own four-legged family members. Come and see us soon at It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!