Pet Supply Store Brings “Passion for Nutrition” to Minooka – Shaw Local

Minuka – Megan Kurzweil loves animals. While considering career paths, she knew she wanted to work with animals, but she also had a passion for nutrition. In November 2015, she combined her love for both of them and opened Forepaws in Minooka.

“At the time there weren’t any nutrition-based pet supply stores in the area. I’ve always had a passion for nutrition and I had more of a passion for animals, so I kind of mixed the two,” Kurzweil said.

Forepaws is a one-stop local pet supply store focused on ensuring that each animal is provided with not only nutrient-dense foods, but also safe shampoos, toys and treats to maintain their overall health. The store is located at 453 S. Ridge Road in Minooka.

“I’m very picky about the brands I carry. I research them heavily before I bring them to my store. I’m all natural. I try very hard to be American-made brands, including American ones—corn-free and filler-free. No I do nothing artificial — no artificial flavors, dyes, or anything like that,” Kurzweil said.

Forepaws carries food brands such as Solid Gold, Victor, Northwest Naturals, and Dr. Marty’s. Much thought and care is put into essential items, such as EarthBath shampoo, Mammoth toys, PetMate toys, and grooming tools. Work also carries easily digestible foods and chews.

Kurzweil said she believes in carrying Best Overall brands because “animals should be fed and treated as if they were any other part of our family.”

Aside from stocking up on quality food, staples are available for most pets, including fish, reptiles, and goats. Forepaws also provides a self-washing station for animals. The fee is $15 and includes Earthbath shampoo, towels, brushes, aprons, and hair dryers.

The store also offers low-cost vaccination clinics on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 2-6pm by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call or text 331-212-0836.

Forepaws works alongside Grundy County Animal Control to provide cat adoptions and has helped adopt more than 100 cats since working with them.

“Forepaws in Minooka have been working in partnership with us for just over a year now and provide a great opportunity to see cats in a more home environment and with which the public can interact more,” Grundy County Animal Control Director Melissa Lewis said. “We are very happy that we were able to form this partnership.”

Forepaws is open 9am-7pm Monday through Sunday. For more information, call 779-456-7899 or visit

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: