Recently, we had the privilege of interviewing the team behind Muttropolis, an online store offering distinctive and functional products for dogs. They strive to be more than just a pet store but rather to be an experience. They also work to support many dog rescue and adoption organizations.
How did Muttropolis get started? What was the motivation behind it?
“It all started in 2002, when we decided that there needed to be a fun and creative store that catered to our furry friends. We made our dream a reality and the first store in Solana Beach was born. Built from the ground up with a strong foundation of creative design, quality products, knowledgeable, friendly service and unique style – pup culture, live it here!”
How did your dynamic team come together?
“Finding the perfect team was easy: we looked for people with a true passion for pets and had our same values in the company. Once we found that, all the puzzle pieces came together. They came from different backgrounds (mutts so to speak) but have a common bond… their love for their own furry children and their desire to make Muttropolis the best it can be.”
So, how is Muttropolis different from other pet stores?
“Every product on our shelves has been thoughtfully chosen with a high standard of quality and design. Not only do we give customers a unique shopping experience with our assortment of products, but our staff of animal experts is what helps set us apart from the rest. The staff has the same love for pets as we do, and are knowledgeable on every product we carry. They are there to give customers the best shopping experience and help pets live the best life they can lead. In addition, our dedication to carrying the best food and treats a dog could have. We like our pups to be well-fed, which is why we carry all-natural food and treats. For example, our locally made Mutt Muncher treats are grain-free and made with human-grade ingredients!”
I saw on your site that you support “many worthy causes.” Which causes do you currently support and how?
“We support animal welfare organizations including (but not limited to) the San Diego Humane Society, Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Helen Woodward Animal Center. Not only do we like to support our local shelters, but we strongly encourage adoption by holding monthly adoption events with local rescues at our stores. “
And you also have an online forum or community-the Muttropolis community. What is this?
“The Muttropolis Community consists of our many social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and our Muttropolis Blog. We have these platforms so our ‘Mutts’ are always filled in on the latest and greatest news stories, products and everything dog or cat.”
So, what kinds of products do you offer? Do you have anything that is your particular specialty?
“Pup Culture! Everything you need to give your pet a healthy, fun and stylish way of life can be found at Muttropolis. From swanky collars, leather leashes, comfy beds, stylish apparel, squeaky toys, all natural food and treats, etc. – we offer only the best of the best. Our specialty would be our unique assortment of attractive and high quality collars. With hundreds of styles to choose from, each store has an entire wall dedicated to collars. You are sure to find one to fit your pup’s personality.”
Is there anything more you would like to share? Any upcoming news?
“We are turning 84 this year – in dog years! We’re very proud of our history in providing the best for our furry companions and looking forward to spreading our ‘pup culture’ in more locations in the future.”