FREEPORT – As a young girl growing up in Wisconsin, Chandra Cearns learned early on that she had a passion for animals.
Her mother was a veterinary technician and when Cearns was a teenager she volunteered at the local humanitarian society where she became active in animal care.
“I quickly learned that I had this passion for taking care of animals, and I also knew that animals needed someone to take care of them,” Cearns said. “It took me a while to get to the point in my life where I could have my own pet store, and with patience it paid off.”
Fin Fur Feather Pet Shop opened in downtown Freeport on November 19.
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Cearns spent most of last summer preparing things. She got her license from the city of Freeport, but getting the state license from the Department of Agriculture caused a delay.
But last week Cearns got to see the dreams come to life.
“I walk into my store, listen to the animals and stop to talk to them as I get ready for the day,” she said.
Cearns also has a tattoo store called Girls Gotta Tattoo in the same block as his pet store.
She said she loves knowing that she has two businesses, and one that addresses the needs of dogs and cats.
Currently, Cearns primarily sells rabbits, fish, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles. She has geckos and a tarantula. She also sells reptile food.
Cearns takes pride in the personal care she is able to give to any pets in her care before someone buys them.
Socialization is the key to bringing any type of pet into the house, Cearns said, and Fin Fur Feather pets have plenty of them.
Cearns gets help with his two daughters’ store.
Andora Cearns believes that she developed the same love for taking care of animals as her mother.
“The difference is that we treat every animal in our store like it’s our own,” said Andora Cearns. “We give them the love and attention they need to make a successful transition home.”
Fin Fur Feather Pet Shop is located at 20 S. Chicago Ave. in downtown Freeport. Hours are 10 am to 8 pm Monday and Wednesday; From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, follow the activity of Fin Fur Feather Pet Shop on Facebook.
“When I walk around, I see what I have accomplished and it thrills me,” said Chandra Cearns. “I like to think of myself as educating people who come to buy a pet or just need a pet that needs additional information.”
Jane Lethlean is a freelance correspondent.
PetShop. 2: A crested gecko is held by Andora Cearns at the Fin Fur Feather Pet Shop on Friday, November 26, 2021, in downtown Freeport. [JANE LETHLEAN/THE JOURNAL-STANDARD]