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Syracuse woman opens natural pet supply store in Manlius

Store owner Carla DellaContrada poses with her dog, Buddy, inside Mother Nature Pet Supply, which opened in Limestone Commons in Manlius last month.

Store owner Carla DellaContrada poses with her dog, Buddy, inside Mother Nature Pet Supply, which opened in Limestone Commons in Manlius last month. Photo by Ned Campbell.

— DellaContrada has loved animals from an early age, having once aspired to be a vet. Her plans for the store go well beyond selling pet supplies.

“There are also several shelter/rescue groups that work in or around the area, and we wanted to add the element of supporting adoption and rescue, as [my husband and I] believe strongly in that, and have many adopted animals,” she said.

The couple has helped trap, spay and neuter many of the feral cats in their neighborhood.

“That's why we want to do the 10-10-10 program, and have adoption events here at the store,” she said.

Through the 10-10-10 program, the store will issue certificates to the local shelters to give out to anyone who adopts a pet. Adopters will be able to bring the certificate to the store withing 10 days of adopting a pet and receive $10 toward their first purchase, with 10 percent of the entire sale being given to the adoption agency or shelter

“We also have onsite engraving, and are hoping this program will promote the new adoptive parents to purchase ID tags for their new pets,” DellaContrada said.

“Our goal is to host shelter animals right on site, but that is down the road a bit.”

Customers of the pet store do not need to look far to see the results of DellaContrada’s passion for helping animals in need. Buddy, a 2-year-old Plott Hound that she adopted through a rescue on Kinne Street called Helping Hounds, is at the store daily to greet customers.

“The customers just love Buddy,” she said. “He is the sweetest dog, and quite handsome, too.”

Mother Nature Pet Supply is located at 240 W. Seneca Street in the village of Manlius.

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