Dave’s Soda and Pet City Dock Dogs Event Friday June 2 (12pm-5pm), Saturday June 3 (9am-5pm), and Sunday June 4, 2017 (9am-4pm).


Agawam, Mass. –Friday June 2, 2017 DockDogs, one of America's fastest growing sports for dogs is being held at 151 Springfield Street in Agawam, MA.

On Friday June 2 at 12:00pm Noon some of the nation's top canine competitors will be leaping, springing and jumping into thrill-packed action for the public. Because this is one of America's fastest growing sports, we are expecting a good sized crowd to come out for the event.

Starting at 12 p.m., the DockDogs will show off their jumping ability by diving into a four foot deep, 40 ft. long pool of water after sprinting down a 40 ft. dock - both for length in the "Big Air" category and for height in the "Extreme Vertical" competition. Each dog's trainer throws a toy into the water and the dog has 90 seconds to run down the dock and launch himself after it.

In the past 18 months, more than 7,800 teams have signed on to compete in this booming sport. The DockDogs concept originated when men working on the docks waged bets with each other to see how far their dogs could jump in the water.

DockDogs(R) establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results, records, supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors. For more information, please visit www.dockdogs.com.



Dave’s Soda and Pet City ‘Calling All Dog Lovers

Event Scheduled for Sunday May 7, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Agawam, Mass. – Dave’s Soda and Pet City is hosting the “Calling All Dog Lovers” Book Signing and Informational Event on Sunday May 7, 2017 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm at the Agawam, MA Dave’s Soda and Pet City located at 151 Springfield Street, MA. 01001. Well-mannered dogs are encouraged to attend. Sponsored in part by the Springfield Jewish Community Center and Kehillah, the JCC Special Needs Department. Author of “The Underdogs”, Melissa Fay Greene, will share the story of her book about service dogs and the amazing acts they perform for the people they love and explore what can be accomplished through unconditional love. This is a free family friendly event where local non-profit service dog organizations and pet adoption agencies will have informational booths on site. Attendees will be provided a 10% coupon off their entire purchase that day.

About Dave’s Soda and Pet City
For over 40 years, Dave’s Soda and Pet City has been synonymous with pet supplies and awesome, doggone amazing customer service. Starting with modest beginnings in the bay of an empty gas station, Owner Dave Ratner started Dave’s Soda City in 1975. Three years later, after visiting a local supermarket, Ratner realized the store was selling more pet food than soda and the idea to expand to Dave’s Soda and Pet City was born. Today, Dave’s Soda and Pet City has grown into a chain of 7 superstores with more than 150 employees and has been acknowledged for its exceptional customer service. Local accolades include the Reader Raves, Gazette Reader’s Choice Award and Advocate Best of the Valley awards. Ratner was also elected to the board of directors of the National Retail Federation. Dave’s Soda and Pet City employees take pride in being pet-friendly, knowledgeable, experienced, and can help customers with all of their pets’ needs. In further recognition of Ratner’s importance to the retail industry, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Retail Association’s Hall of Fame in 2012.


Dave's Soda and Pet City Putting for Paws’ golf tournament raises $12,422 to benefit Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center


Agawam, Mass.—Dave’s Soda and Pet City’s second annual Putting for Paws golf tournament held at the Ludlow Country Club in July to benefit local animal control and adoption center Thomas J. O’Connor proudly raised $12,422 to support the shelter’s mission in helping and caring for local animals in-need.

This year’s event brought members of Dave’s team together with valued pet food vendors, distributors, business partners and members of the community at-large for a day of fun on the course for a great cause

“What a wonderful community of vendors we have at Dave’s who know the importance of supporting such a great organization as TJ O’Connor,” said David Ratner, Dave’s Soda and Pet City owner.

The event’s success was made possible through golfer participation and the generosity of event sponsors Natural Balance (Top Dog), Blue Buffalo (Best of Breed), WellPet, Purina, Dowd Insurance Agencies, Champion Pet Foods, Goldsmith, Katz and Argenio PC Attorneys at Law, Weruva, Central Pet Distribution, Fish Mart Inc., Greenies, Nature’s Variety, Nutro, Pestell Pet Products, Pet Food Experts, and Phillips Pet Food & Supplies.

“The Foundation for TJO Animals provides critical medical care, supplies and training to the animals in shelter because of generous people like Dave, his customers, employees and vendors,” said Scott Renius, Foundation for TJO Animals Executive Director. “The Putting for Paws golf outing has become an important part of our annual funding and we sincerely want to thank everyone for helping the animals become adoptable and an important part of a family.”


 (From left): Pam Peebles, executive director for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, with TJO rescue “CJ;” Scott Renius, Foundation for TJO Animals executive director; David Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City; and Tonya Plumb, Foundation for TJO Animals president of the board of directors with TJO Alumni Lili.


Homeless pets get an early valentine gift

Read more about the Halo Pets 14 Days of Rescue Love Event 

Dave Ratner donates $10,000 to local charities and organizations.

To close out 2015, Dave’s has donated a total of $10,000 to local charities & organizations. Dave’s is dedicated to giving back and very proud to support these organizations that are so important to its communities, especially during the holiday season.


Dave reads to the kids at Warner Elementary School in Springfieldas part of the Link to Libraries Program




Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule today to read to the students at Warner School. You certainly captivated both the students and the teachers with your personal stories and sharing your love of reading and animals(!).

We are grateful and honored that you took time out of your day to demonstrate your continued generous support for the students at Warner School.

Best wishes,

Gail Baquis
Project Director Read Aloud









Friends of Dave’s Program Gives $7,941.00 to Local

Animal Organizations in Q3 2015


Dave's Soda & Pet City is proud to announce that the Friends of Dave's program was a huge success again for third quarter 2015.

Customers have helped us raise $7,941.00 for the following organizations:

Feline Friends - $1,985.00   Belchertown Animal Control- $123.00
Dakin Humane Society- $1,039.00  

Angel’s Answers- $118.00

Greyhound Options, Inc. - $505.00   Concerned Citizens for Animals- $103.00
T.J. O'Connor's Adoption Center $1,070.00   Westfield Homeless Cat Project- $99.00
Blue Star Equiculture - $269.00   Agawam Friends of the Homeless Cats- $123.00
Mary’s Kitty Korner - $211.00   Destiny’s Road- $35.00
Kane’s Krusade- $289.00  

German Shepard Rescue- $47.00

Broken Tail Rescue- $139.00   Joy of Jasper- $68.00
Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation- $570.00   Southwick Animal Control- $58.00
Gemini’s Pampered Greyhounds- $278.00   Stafford Animal Control- $57.00
New Beginnings Dog Rescue- $140.00  

Sterling Animal Control- $18.00

Second Chance Animal Shelter- $190.00   Tolland Animal Control- $31.00
Westfield Regional Animal Shelter- $180.00   White River Animal Rescue- $52.00
Halfway Home Rescue- $129.00    

To date the Friends of Dave’s Program has donated $24,006.00 to local organizations in 2015.

The Friends of Dave's program provides local animal organizations/shelters with Friends of Dave's Cards that they pass out to friends or supporters. Every time that person shops at Dave's Soda & Pet City they simply show the cashier the card for the cashier to scan, and 5% of that sale is donated back to that organization in the form of a gift card each quarter. The Friends of Dave's program is an easy way to give back to our local shelters, who provide shelter, training, love and hope to animals in need. If we work together we can help our local shelters one paw at a time. 

Dave’s Soda and Pet City is a mini chain of now 7 superstores with more than 150 employees! Dave's has become synonymous with pet supplies and awesome, doggone great customer service for 40 years!


Dave’s Soda and Pet City Raises More Than $8,600 Through Its Putting for Paws Golf Tournament

Raises Money for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

Agawam, Mass — September 16, 2015 —Dave’s Soda and Pet City announced that it has raised $8,620 to support Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center. The money was raised during the Dave’s Putting for Paws Golf Tournament, which was held in July at The Ledges Golf Course in South Hadley, MA.

In the past, Dave’s Soda and Pet City has put on this golf outing as a way for employees and vendors to have a day of fun and networking. This year Dave Ratner had the idea to open it up to the public and raise money. The Putting for Paws golf tournament attracted 100 people including Dave’s employees, vendors and public golfers. The event included a full day of golf, a BBQ dinner and an awards ceremony in the afternoon.

“We saw the opportunity to make a big difference through our event, and our vendors have been on board from the very beginning. We are all very excited to be able to invite the public to play golf with us and help such a great group,” said Ashley Mascroft Marketing Coordinator for Dave’s Soda & Pet City.

“The money donated to the Foundation for TJO Animals by Dave’s will greatly help in supporting the care and welfare of the many animals in need of medical attention, training, and daily care at the TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center.  The funding will provide opportunities for the animals to become healthy adoptable pets and be placed in their forever homes.  Thank you once again to Dave’s for their ongoing generous support of helping local animals in need!” said Scott Renius, Executive Director at the Foundation for TJO Animals which supports the animals at the TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center.


The day wouldn’t have been complete without the sponsors. Natural Balance was the event’s Top Dog Sponsor. Best of Show Sponsor was Petcurean; Best of Breed Sponsor was Merrick Pet Foods.

About Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

The Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center provides animal control services for the cities of Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke.  Our animal control officers respond to routine service calls Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.  Emergency response for ill, injured or aggressive animals is available 24 hours a day. 


About The Foundation for TJO Animals

Dedicated to helping animals in the shelter a TJO receive the care and training they need to bring them to the adoption floor, and from there to their forever homes. The Foundation supports and enhances the medical services and programs of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center thought fundraising, special events and donor appeals.



Chicopee Elementary School takes part in Student of the Month Program




Gazette Readers Choice 2015


Dave Ratner of Dave's Soda & Pet City celebrates 40 years

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Friends of Dave's

2015 Q2

Dave's Soda and Pet City is proud to announce that the Friends of Dave's program continues to be
a huge success in the 2nd quarter of 2015.
Customers have helped us raise $7,935.00 for the following organizations.


Feline Friends

Agawam Friends of the Homeless Cats
Angel's Answer
Belchertown Animal Control
Blue Star Equiculture
Broken Tail Rescue
Concerned Citizens for Animals
Dakin Humane Society
Gemini's Pampered Greyhounds
Greyhound Options, Inc.
Halfway Home Rescue
Kane's Krusade
Mary's Kitty Korner
New Beginnings Dog Rescue
Second Chance Animal Shelter
T.J. O'Connor
Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation
Westfield Regional Animal Shelter


Dave's 40th Anniversary Celebration!

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A Letter from Second Chance Animal Shelter

Dave Donates to Pioneer Valley Cardiology Associates'

Pet Contest

Dave Donates to Link to Libraries

A Note from Thomas J. O'Connor
Animal Control & Adoption Center







A HUGE Thank You! to all of our customers!



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A Surprise Run In

Hi Friends,
How cool is this.... I was at the annual Retail Association of Massachusetts meeting last week in Boston and sat next to a woman I have never met. We started chatting and I told her I own some pet stores in Western Mass. The conversation quickly turned to our dogs and how crazy we are about them. Naturally I asked her what she feeds her Bernese mountain dog. "Well," she said, "I feed him Harvey's dry and mix it with Dave's canned food." (Remember, she has no idea who I am) I said "really, what flavor?' she looked kind of surprised and replied "the flavor with the quinoa." "Oh," I said, "the chicken, sweet potato and quinoa?" She looked at me with a how do you know that look and I couldn't hold out any longer.. "I'm Dave," I said. "GET OUT!!!" she exclaimed. "Really, I'm Dave of Dave's Pet food. As proof, look at the picture on the can when you get home." I said. 

Her name is Annie; she was blown away and all I could think of is this..
this person who has no idea (up till right this minute) who I am, trusts me with the health of the creature she loves more than anything in the world.. Okay, maybe her kids come first.

Do I have the best job, or what??
"You have kept him healthy all of these years!!!
We love your food!
Thank you for all you do!!!"

-Annie P.


Dave Gives Back!




Dave's at the Pet Costume Contest at Sixflags




Kane's Krusade Acknowledges Dave for his giving


Steady As He Gives

Dave gets a shout out for all of his work in the community in this article by Pet Product News





Girl Scouts pet food donation drive to benefit Kane's Krusade!







Dave's interview with Entrepreneur Network



TJ O’Connor Adoption Center makes a change

To Dave’s Pet Food

The Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center has made a change in the food it feeds its cats and dogs to Dave’s Pet Food.

Executive Director, Pam Peebles said there were a number of factors prompting TJO to switch to a different food. “We were looking for a high quality food that we could feed consistently to the animals sheltered at TJO. Many come in struggling with malnutrition, intestinal parasites and other medical complications. Providing them with a steady, high quality diet is one of the first and most important steps we can take to get them on track to wellness. Staying local and communicating with a friendly business was important too.”  She reached out to Dave to talk about a solution and very quickly it became apparent that Dave’s Pet Food was a perfect match. “Dave’s made it affordable for us to achieve our goal of feeding a high quality, consistent diet to the animals that call TJO their temporary home. We are also quite pleased to buy from a friendly, local business that values customer service.”

 Adopters will also receive a coupon for a free 4lb bag of Dave’s Brand Dry Dog or Cat food when they bring their new furry friend home.

Dave’s Pet Food is owned and operated by David Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City. As a pet supply retailer, Dave knew that there was a lot of great pet food on the market, and there was a lot of affordable pet food on the market, but there was not a lot of great, affordable food. That’s why Dave made the decision to start a private label pet food for his customers. The goal when the brand was started was simple- a really great food that is nutritious and delicious at a reasonable price. A world famous nutritionist created his first formula and the rest is history. The brand continues to grow. As of today, Dave’s Pet Food is sold in more than 2,000 independent pet stores all across the USA, as well as many online sites, including the Home shopping Network. 




Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Pet City and Dave’s Pet Food,
spreads holiday cheer to four local charities.

In the spirit of the season, Dave’s has donated a total of $4,000 to four local charities & Organizations:
The United Way, Toys for Tots, Community Music School and the children’s wing at Baystate Hospital.
Dave’s is dedicated to giving back and very proud to support these organizations that are
so important to its communities, especially during the holiday season.






Dave in the News!

Dave featured in Pet Product News International

Dave's Pet Food City is working in cooperation with Baird Middle School students learning about salt water fish and fish tank habitats.  Dave's Pet Food City recently visited a grade 7 science classroom to discuss the interactions of living things.  Part of the grade 7 curriculum is the study of living things an ecosystems.  They learned what salt water fish need to survive in their habitat.

We appreciate Dave's Pet Food City visiting with our students. As a result, we have several students that want to be part of the cleaning process of our tank.  We will always be grateful to Kris and Deb Walsh for their gift of the fish tank in our library.  Since the summer, our tank has been given a bit of a face lift with a few new parts and accessories donated by Dave's Pet Food City.

Two grade 6 students Jennifer & Miranda learning how to clean our fish tank. 


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