Just in time for Christmas, The Animal Store is running its first-ever online contest. As some of you may know, The Animal Store was named after the wonderful poem of the same name written by Rachel Fields.

The first stanza of the poem goes like this:

If I had $100 to spend,
Or maybe a little more
I’d hurry as fast as my legs would go
Straight to the Animal Store.

100-gift-card-art-copyFor a second entry, you can Twitter about this contest (please leave a separate comment below linking to your tweet). That’s a maximum of two entries per person (one comment; one comment about your tweet). Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

Our store is located in Lincolnwood, just north of Chicago. Out-of-town readers are welcome to enter and are eligible to win; we will be happy to ship anything you purchase with the $100 gift card, but please remember that applicable shipping charges apply and may not be charged to the gift card. Family members and staff should refrain from entering this contest and give someone else a chance to win.

One runner-up will be chosen to win one of our cool new t-shirts featuring an edgy version of our logo. Enter today — you can spend your $100 at The Animal Store buying a pet for a gift, or gifts for your favorite pet.

Good luck. And remember, gift cards are a great way to give a pet for Christmas — and they are much easier to wrap!


  1. Mimi December 19, 2009 at 7:18 am - Reply

    My favorite pet is my kitten Evie 🙂

  2. Helen December 19, 2009 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Our little maltese-poodle, Daisy, has made our transition to "empty nesters" easier. She is like a child, but, she doesn't talk back, goes where we want her to, eats what we give her, is extremely affectionate and is "perfectly perfect in every way". If all dogs/children were like her, more people would have them. She loves the Royal line which you always carry – not everyone does. mkheleneng at sbcglobal dot net

  3. Yolanda December 19, 2009 at 9:13 am - Reply

    My male plakat betta fish is named Goby. He looks like a goby fish and has a unique personality. He's always "jumpy" and will nibble on anything that enters his tank. :] When I first bought him, I thought he was a female because he was in a sorority tank and was very very little. At that time, his name was Miss Goby…

  4. Hao December 19, 2009 at 9:29 am - Reply

    My 3 year and some month old betta, Lala. She lived with a red-ear slider ever since we got her. She was the first betta that we ever got. Now we have more than 14 bettas male, and female (mostly male, only 2 females), of all kinds of breed. Just love em (:

  5. Tech Savvy Mama December 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    As a kid, I had a mini lop eared rabbit named Thumper. He was a great pet who sometimes acted like he was human by trying to follow me inside. He was a sweet pet and lived for a very long time! We've had other rabbits but none were as wonderful as he was! Thanks for this awesome first giveaway!tech savvy mama at g mail dot com

  6. Jakub December 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I love the animal store. So far every fish that I have bought from there is still alive for over 3 years. Even my gold fish for 5 years! I love your store!

  7. Jakub December 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I love your store!

  8. Selfish Mom December 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    What a nice giveaway! I'd give the gc to my mom if I won it, because she's been taking care of my cats Patty and Selma for the last five years. They brought me lots of joy for the 10 years they lived with us.

  9. Melissa Chapman December 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    My heart is my 10-year-old Shih Tzu Mellie- who never fails to get excited when I bring her home a new squeaky toy. She's all curled up in a ball right now resting– I guess 10 hours of sleep just aint enough;) Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Ashley December 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    My family got a crayfish from the animal store one day and we named him Buddy. At the time, we did not know you were suposed to leave the molted shell in the tank and we had taken out the shell of a crayfish that looked just like Buuddy. Now, Buddy LOVED to climb plants and there were holes in the tank (for the filter so it would have enough room)just big enough for Buddy to climb though. One day, Buddy was gone! Several days later my brother Kevin was cleaning out some bins in his room with Mom when he picked a small shell up. "Mom, isnt this supposed to be downstairs?" "Kevin, it is downstairs!" was Mom's reply. Yes, odly enough Buddy had crawled into Kevin's room. -Ashley rudybear5@live.com

  11. Yolanda December 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I tweeted also! http://twitter.com/bakalandaI'm also the one that posted a comment about my betta fish Goby and forgot to put my e-mail down.. so here it is! Sweetestbubble@hotmail.com

  12. Marilyn and Scott December 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Bach our Bearded Lizard…he watches TV and will come up to the glass to let you know he is hungry

  13. J. Szostak December 20, 2009 at 4:07 am - Reply

    We love our cockatiel named Bam-Bam (although we call him everything but his real name: Beaky, Dr. Fluffles, Baby-kins, etc.). He loves to eat cereal and have his head scratched.

  14. Ferretling December 20, 2009 at 8:44 am - Reply

    My favorite pet is Ivy, my ferret. She is my little bundle of furry evil incarnate, and her birthday is tomorrow, 21st December. Yep, my little Yule ferretling will be a whole year old. I love her. She is cuddly, outgoing, and likes having her picture taken. Unless it involves cute little hats.

  15. Ferretling December 20, 2009 at 8:50 am - Reply
  16. Beth December 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I have, and have had, many pets over the years. I love my dogs, my birds, even my reptiles. The one that holds a special place in my heart, however, was a duprasi named Fred. Fred entertained and amazed our four children, and countless other children when I took him out to visit classrooms as the "mammal" in a Animals Have Class (the five major classes) program. He was unforgettable!

  17. dianek62 December 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I love all my animals-4 cats, 1 ferret, and a bearded dragon. And they are all friends with each other.

  18. Paul Tang December 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I love all 13 of my parakeets, but my favorite past parakeet was Cosmo, a blue parakeet I had for about 2 years. I saw him at the pet store and fell in love with him right away. One of his favorite things he enjoyed was to get a shower from me. He would close his eyes and tilt his head back so he could feel the drops of water fall to all over his body. It was very relaxing and calmed himself downpkt_83@hotmail.com

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