Independent Pet Partners has turned its founders’ unique vision for combining the competitive strengths of an independent neighborhood pet store with the power of a large corporate organization into a prime example of what it will take for pet specialty retailers to remain successful in the years ahead.


Leo&Lucky’s CEO Patrick McGinnis reflects on over a decade’s worth of hard work, passion and success in an ever-evolving industry. 

In many ways, the EarthWise Pet retail and service chain has been more than 40 years in the making, but its leadership has its sights firmly set on the forces that will shape the future of neighborhood pet stores.

There aren’t many pet retailers who would have guessed that a worldwide pandemic would turn their world upside down and make e-commerce a requirement for staying in business. EarthWise Pet, however, was prepared for the turbulence. 

Long-term success in the pet industry depends on retailers’ ability to understand and serve the burgeoning millennial and Gen Z pet owner demographics. 


Female business owners and executives share how they have found success in the pet industry, and how the industry as a whole can support the female leaders of tomorrow.