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  • Writer's pictureSherri Bartley Rivera

Earth Animal, serving dogs, cats and the community with kindness for over 42 years!

Meet sisters, Merritt and Abbey Goldstein, the powerhouse duo running Earth Animal.

Their parents Dr. Bob and Susan Goldstein are pioneers in the pet industry, creating the first natural pet store which housed only the very best products, containing only the purest and natural ingredients without any side effects. The Goldsteins' focus has been to develop natural foods, supplements and treats. Their mission is dedicated to improving the quality of life for dogs and cats.

We asked Merritt about when she started working at Earth Animal: “We have been doing business for over 42 years in Westport, CT. It has been our passion and mission, dedicating our lives to healing dogs and cats with nutrition, diet and our very own branded veterinarian formulated supplements, that my father formulated. I was in college 25 years ago, and my Mom asked me to come home and help out at our Earth Animal Store for the summer. Strangely enough, I never left I think it was in my DNA! I realized I had the same passion for helping animals as my mother and father did. It has been a very rewarding journey to say the least. We love what we do and being in the community has been a wonderful experience! We are grateful for the local support and friendships we have made along the way.”

When you walk around Earth Animal, the store is like walking through Disney World for pet owners. There are inspiring quotes on the walls, colorful displays of food products, friendly staff eager to assist customers and fun cookies that easily rival what you’d find a human bakery!

Another wonderful aspect of their business is that Earth Animal supports local and gives back generously to the community. Abbey organizes the Earth Animal Market every Friday, 12:00-4:00pm, an outdoor market featuring local businesses.

Their current fundraising project is the Mitten Project benefiting Connecticut Foodshare. CT Foodshare provides nutritious meals for families experiencing food insecurity. To donate go to

The sky is the limit for Merritt and Abbey, we can hardly wait to see what they are working on next!

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