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 veterinarian technician and when Cearns was in her teens, she volunteered at the local humane society where she became active in taking care of animals.
“I quickly learned I had that passion for taking care of animals, and I also knew animals needed someone to help take care of them,” Cearns said. “It took a while for me to get to the point of my life when I could have my own pet shop, and with patience, it has paid off.”
Fin Fur Feather Pet Shop opened for business in downtown Freeport on Nov. 19.
Cearns spent most of the past summer getting things ready. She got her license from the City of Freeport but getting the state license from the agriculture department caused a delayed.
But in the past week, Cearns has been able to see dreams come alive.
“I step into my shop, I listen to the animals, and I stop to talk to them as I get ready for the day,” she said.
Cearns also owns a tattoo shop called Girls Gotta Tattoo on the same block as her pet shop.
She said she loves knowing she has two businesses, and one that dips into the needs for dogs and cats.
Right now, Cearns mostly sells rabbits, fish, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles. She has geckos and a tarantula. She sells reptile feed, as well.
Cearns prides herself on the personal care she's able to give to all of the animals in her care before someone buys them.
Socialization is the key to bringing any kind of pet into the home, Cearns said, and animals from Fin Fur Feather get plenty.
Cearns gets help with the shop from her two daughters.
Andora Cearns believes she's developed the same love for taking care of animals as her mom.
“The difference is we treat each pet in our shop as if they were our own,” Andora Cearns said. “We give them the love and attention they need to have a successful transition into the home.”
Fin Fur Feather Pet Shop is located at 20 S. Chicago Ave. in downtown Freeport. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information follow the business at Fin Fur Feather Pet Shop on Facebook.
“When I walk around, I see what I have accomplished, and it fulfills me,” Chandra Cearns said. “I like to think I educate the people who come in to buy a pet or just have a pet need that needs extra 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, Nov. 26, 2021, in downtown Freeport. [JANE LETHLEAN/THE JOURNAL-STANDARD]
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