Hobby turns into largest pet warehouse

=Danie Bothma and his wife Christelle, owners of Kraaines Pet Warehouse.
=Danie Bothma and his wife Christelle, owners of Kraaines Pet Warehouse.

Despatch now is home to the largest pet warehouse in the Eastern Cape with the grand opening of the “new” Kraaines on Saturday morning.

Owner Danie Bothma has been in the pet industry for the past 22 years. He started his business as a hobby in a double garage and through the years continuously expanded.

With the latest move to a large premises in the main street of Despatch, Kraaines will occupy 800m². This meant that Danie and his wife Christelle were able to further extend their pet species available at the pet warehouse, resulting in the business being the largest of its kind in the Eastern Cape.

Kraaines is home to a vast variety of pets which include all kinds of birds from indigenous to exotic, a vast selection of fish, cold water and tropical, which can be viewed in 235 tanks. There is a rodent section and Kraaines will now also host a reptile section.

Apart from the pet section, Kraaines offers all kinds of pet assessories, toys, clothing and cages. There is an extended section of pet foods where one can also buy pet supplements, vitamins and medicine.

In addition Kraaines has extended its trading days and will from now on also be open on each first and last Sunday of the month (10:00-13:00).

Paradys vir troeteldier-liefhebbers

Danie hou van alle diere, maar dit is veral voëls waarvoor hy ’n besondere passie het. Hy is nasionaal onder voëlboere bekend en ook vertroud met die in- en uitvoer van eksotiese voëlspesies.

Danie het as kind gedroom van sy eie troeteldierwinkel. Sy pa, Kerneels Bothma, het dit moontlik gemaak en ’n dubbel-motorhuis vir Danie omskep is ’n troeteldierwinkel.

“My pa was baie lief vir diere. Ek kan nie ont-hou dat ons ooit sonder diere was nie. So, ek het liefde vir diere ge-erf en nou is ons dogter Danelle net so lief vir diere,” sê Danie.

Kraaines is bekend vir die groot verskeidenheid broeivoëls asook babavoëls wat hans grootgemaak word en dan te koop aangebied word. Die nuwe perseel het ’n groot afdeling waar dié voëls besigtig kan word.

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