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our roots
A unique California pet store guided by a shared passion for animals.

Established in 1998, Tails was started as a one-of-a-kind shop for local dog and cat lovers on the Central Coast to purchase food, treats, toys and other supplies. Tails is uniquely located in the heart of the historical downtown San Luis Obispo, near the iconic Bubble Gum Alley. For decades, we have helped pet owners across San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara County by offering excellent products and a warm welcome for their cats and dogs.

Tails' owner Shelley is an avid animal lover. She dotes upon her four dogs, Fuzzy, Harley, Shifoo, Sush and her rescue cat, Blue. Tails welcomes you to bring your pet into our store so they can partake in free treats and a drink of water, which are always available.


what sets us apart
We'll make sure to personally welcome your pet into our store with treats, attention and love.

This is how Shelley has always welcomed her pets and Tails carries on this same loving tradition. We treat your cats and dogs like family — because they are.

Shelley also owns Doggie Salon and Spa, a dog and cat grooming business in San Luis Obispo. If your pet is in need of a nail trim, bath, or a full groom, we offer discounts to our preferred customers who frequent both Tails and Doggie Salon and Spa.


our Team
You will find that our team is knowledgeable about the products we carry.

Whether it be a specific food condition that your dog may have, a special need, information regarding the ingredients used in our bakery items or treats, applications and durability of our toys, assisting in selecting the right size collar, harness or leash, or suggestions for beds, mats, bowls or other care supplies that your pet may need, we can help. You will find that our team has many years of experience in the industry and our members who are college students are majoring in animal sciences, which allows them to apply the principles of what they are learning to your shopping experience.


where to find us
Shop in store or speak to our team about our shipping options.

So whether you are traveling to the Central Coast for the first time or you are a frequent visitor, or better yet live locally, please bring your pet and visit us. We would love to help you with your unique needs. If you don't have a cat or dog, but know someone who does, we can help you with selecting a perfect pet gift.

If you can't take it with you today, don't worry — in most cases we can ship our products directly to your door.


Reach out
We're always excited to chat with fellow animal lovers!