TANKS Pet Supply/Boek-el-ZOO

TANKS Pet Supply/Boek-el-ZOO TANKS Pet Supply was started several years ago by Heath Farrell and Chad Miller. Born of a passion for all things aquatic, the store allowed them to expand and include other pets as well.

Operating as usual

Sunday morning funny.Have a blessed day!
10/10/2021

Sunday morning funny.
Have a blessed day!

Who is with me?
10/09/2021

Who is with me?

10/09/2021

You know you've been in the reptile business too long when you see a license plate that starts with CB and wonder if it stands for 'captive bred'.
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Just a reminder.....
10/08/2021

Just a reminder.....

Just a reminder.....

Tomorrow we will be featuring SUN CONURES during the children's time from 12-3, so come and play with these hooligans an...
10/08/2021

Tomorrow we will be featuring SUN CONURES during the children's time from 12-3, so come and play with these hooligans and see the benefits of these colorful, personable birds.

Tomorrow we will be featuring SUN CONURES during the children's time from 12-3, so come and play with these hooligans and see the benefits of these colorful, personable birds.

Maui update: he’s getting settled in. He’s enjoying the outdoors today with mom. Maybe he will be coming to th the store...
10/07/2021

Maui update: he’s getting settled in. He’s enjoying the outdoors today with mom. Maybe he will be coming to th the store on Tuesday’s

10/07/2021

I've got three beauties available that you could teach this to...

10/02/2021

Come and join us today as Jocelyn and Kelli talk about rats. They have a craft project prepared and we have Ratatoulie on the TV for your viewing pleasure. There are drinks and snacks also.
See you at The Zoo!!!

We have soooo much fun!!
10/02/2021

We have soooo much fun!!

09/30/2021

We have 17 signed up for the Paint Party tomorrow night, so if you want to come, reserve your space now. There is still room and there will be goodies to eat. Im heading home at 7 to get my 'Martha Stewart' on. We always have a blast. BYOB...it can be adult style if you'd like, otherwise I will have water and soda available.
Join us at The Zoo!!!

09/30/2021

Calling all experts and crafty people....
I have Saturday openings for the 12-3 program for the kids. I have some ideas and need someone to supervise. If you or your kids have a critter they'd like to share, I'd love to sign you up. I am trying to line up fox again, but my guy got gored by a Zebu bull (I can't make this stuff up) and he is out of commission for awhile. Let me know if you'd like to do a presentation or supervise an activity with the kids.
TYIA!

Starting next week, I will be out of the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can babysit this little fella. Christy wil...
09/28/2021

Starting next week, I will be out of the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can babysit this little fella. Christy will have the mornings. Deb will have Tuesday afternoons and Dylan will have Thursday afternoons. I am going to love Glammy life and I will be working on unique and creative things for the store at home. Thank you all for understanding. See you Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday!!

Starting next week, I will be out of the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can babysit this little fella. Christy will have the mornings. Deb will have Tuesday afternoons and Dylan will have Thursday afternoons. I am going to love Glammy life and I will be working on unique and creative things for the store at home. Thank you all for understanding. See you Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday!!

09/27/2021

something to ponder.....

So glad we were able to be a part of this!!!
09/26/2021

So glad we were able to be a part of this!!!

New babies from my local breeder Alyssa.  Claim yours now, before they are gone! Taking deposits. Should be ready to go ...
09/26/2021

New babies from my local breeder Alyssa. Claim yours now, before they are gone! Taking deposits. Should be ready to go home in 4-5 weeks.

They are here until 3:30. Come and pet Niagra and learn about alpacas!
09/25/2021

They are here until 3:30. Come and pet Niagra and learn about alpacas!

Just wanted to give everyone an update. Mr Maui is starting to settle in. He’s still not sure. And he hates sharing me w...
09/25/2021

Just wanted to give everyone an update. Mr Maui is starting to settle in. He’s still not sure. And he hates sharing me with the dogs

Just wanted to give everyone an update. Mr Maui is starting to settle in. He’s still not sure. And he hates sharing me with the dogs

New babies in this morning (lovebirds)  We THINK they will be peach/white faced. One is spoken for already, so get your ...
09/24/2021

New babies in this morning (lovebirds) We THINK they will be peach/white faced. One is spoken for already, so get your deposit in on the other. They should be ready to go home in 5-6 weeks.

Helping Glammy today..
09/23/2021

Helping Glammy today..

Hunter and Thomas have been huge supporters of The Zoo and we're excited to have then launch their business. So check th...
09/23/2021

Hunter and Thomas have been huge supporters of The Zoo and we're excited to have then launch their business. So check them out and like their page and come meet them and their alpacas and goats on Saturday!

Change of plans!In honor of National Alpaca Days, we have arranged for Heritage Meadows Alpaca Farms to bring some critt...
09/23/2021

Change of plans!
In honor of National Alpaca Days, we have arranged for Heritage Meadows Alpaca Farms to bring some critters to share on Saturday from 12-3. Join us!

Running a business is hard. What they don’t tell you is that it causes severe anxiety, and drains you mentally to the po...
09/23/2021

Running a business is hard. What they don’t tell you is that it causes severe anxiety, and drains you mentally to the point of depression in even the most laid back people. People will talk about you, compare you to others, use you, they will view you as a service and not a person anymore. You have to worry about if you forget to write someone back, are they going to think it was on purpose? Did you disappoint them? Will they hold that against you? When in reality you just can’t get to everyone’s messages and emails.
There’s a reason you don’t see many people succeed in small businesses after 5-10 years. It takes a toll. It’s freaking exhausting. Especially this past year.

Here’s just a reminder that we are just normal people with hectic lives. Be kind, be patient, give grace.

Please be patient with me as I navigate these waters. I am doing the best I can. Every day is a learning process. I've hit a lot of speedbumps in the past 3 1/2 years...but they haven't been brick walls. I am trying....and failing daily. I pray the successes are enough to keep you coming back, bringing friends and spreading the word. Know my heart and overlook my short comings. I have a vision... I just need time and money to make the dream come true.
See you at The Zoo.

Running a business is hard. What they don’t tell you is that it causes severe anxiety, and drains you mentally to the point of depression in even the most laid back people. People will talk about you, compare you to others, use you, they will view you as a service and not a person anymore. You have to worry about if you forget to write someone back, are they going to think it was on purpose? Did you disappoint them? Will they hold that against you? When in reality you just can’t get to everyone’s messages and emails.
There’s a reason you don’t see many people succeed in small businesses after 5-10 years. It takes a toll. It’s freaking exhausting. Especially this past year.

Here’s just a reminder that we are just normal people with hectic lives. Be kind, be patient, give grace.

Please be patient with me as I navigate these waters. I am doing the best I can. Every day is a learning process. I've hit a lot of speedbumps in the past 3 1/2 years...but they haven't been brick walls. I am trying....and failing daily. I pray the successes are enough to keep you coming back, bringing friends and spreading the word. Know my heart and overlook my short comings. I have a vision... I just need time and money to make the dream come true.
See you at The Zoo.

A little ducking humor this morning.
09/23/2021

A little ducking humor this morning.

A little ducking humor this morning.

Stop in and see us this weekend.  I'm in the mood to move some stuff. Take advantage of me!
09/23/2021

Stop in and see us this weekend. I'm in the mood to move some stuff. Take advantage of me!

Stop in and see us this weekend. I'm in the mood to move some stuff. Take advantage of me!

Today’s the day!! Me Maui is heading home!!!!
09/22/2021

Today’s the day!! Me Maui is heading home!!!!

Today’s the day!! Me Maui is heading home!!!!

09/21/2021

I want to publicly applaud Hector Gomez for actually representing the people of Princeton and not caving to the pressure to conform to the rest of the city council. I respect and admire boldness of conviction, and it deserves to be recognized. Please take a moment to thank him also when you see him.

If you want to know what is going on...full disclosure and transparency, so you can see for yourself the injustice of th...
09/21/2021
FOIA Request Form | City Of Princeton, IL | Official Website of Your City Government | Where Tradition Meets Progress

If you want to know what is going on...full disclosure and transparency, so you can see for yourself the injustice of this situation, submit a request to the link at the bottom. Flood the council and let them know the fight is not over.

Dear FOIA Officer,

In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140), I am requesting access to the following records in your organization’s possession related to Poultry in Princeton, Illinois

All documents relating to Chickens/Poultry to include:

1. The language in any ordinance, zoning, or code relating to chickens, poultry, or other fowl.

2. During the City Council meeting on 9/8/21, the council stated on record that they were contacted by those both for and against allowing chickens in Princeton. I am requesting any documents relating to these aforementioned correspondences.

3. An electronic search of all council emails containing the word(s): poultry, chicken, fowl, or duck.

In the unlikely event that you claim any portion of the above public records to be exempt from disclosure under 5 ILCS 140, in writing please (i) identify which portion or portions you claim are exempt and the statutory provision or provisions you contend apply; (ii) set forth the reasons for your conclusion that such portion or portions are exempt; and (iii) release the remainder of such records for inspection and copying, redacting only the portion or portions you claim are exempt.

Please note that the statute does not allow your agency to withhold documents in their entirety if only parts of the records may be exempt.

Please provide the information within five business days, as required by law. If the records are kept electronically, please provide them that way.

https://www.princeton-il.com/foia-request-form/

It is a violation of the Freedom of Information Act for a person to knowingly obtain a public record for a commercial purpose, if requested to do so by the public body. 5 ILCS 140/3.1 (c)

Tonight, the city council passed an unfair and unconstitutional ordinance banning duck ownership in town, plus other cra...
09/21/2021

Tonight, the city council passed an unfair and unconstitutional ordinance banning duck ownership in town, plus other crazy restrictions that will cause this little girl to relinquish her beloved pets. Personally, I am furious. Professionally I am torn between staying in town for the 99% of the residents who have loved and supported the Zoo, and relocating my business to another community where a few self-entitled, elitists don't rule the governing body. Princeton city council is NOT representing the majority, because they were given petitions that they tossed aside, turned a blind eye to the building FULL of supporters for chicken ownership and ignored the fact that not ONE person showed up in opposition to chickens in town (for BOTH meetings).
If you are also outraged, let the city council know. Email them. Write letters.
Buy a chicken in the next 60 days so your property can be grandfathered in...
Watch our page for upcoming information about the next move. This fight is not over!
#noroosterlollipops

I found a rare treasure at the bird show today. This is the sweetest baby EVER. I took a chance and hit the jackpot. He'...
09/20/2021

I found a rare treasure at the bird show today. This is the sweetest baby EVER. I took a chance and hit the jackpot. He'll be in the store tomorrow after noon. Don't hesitate, or you will miss out. (I should have bought a lottery ticket today too!)

Some critters, crafts, cages and cool stuff!! Stop in TODAY!!!
09/18/2021

Some critters, crafts, cages and cool stuff!! Stop in TODAY!!!

Join us this Saturday from 12-3 as Richelle Hall, her hubby Bill, and their tribe introduce you to their bearded dragons...
09/17/2021

Join us this Saturday from 12-3 as Richelle Hall, her hubby Bill, and their tribe introduce you to their bearded dragons. They also have a fun craft to share with both young and old.
So stop by and see us at The ZOO!
Enjoy the store and all of the fun critters while you ate there.
We're not just a store... we're an EXPERIENCE!!

I have the best customers. Thank you so much for brightening my day.#blessed
09/16/2021

I have the best customers. Thank you so much for brightening my day.
#blessed

I have the best customers. Thank you so much for brightening my day.
#blessed

We got some amazing birds in today, in addition to a few we still have available. We have it ALL, and if we don't, we wi...
09/14/2021

We got some amazing birds in today, in addition to a few we still have available. We have it ALL, and if we don't, we will do everything to find just exactly what you want to complete your family.

Address

419 S Main
Princeton, IL
61356

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm

Telephone

(815) 915-8442

Products

We carry a full line of pets. We specialize in hand fed companion birds. We have a reptile ROOM with geckos, tegus, pythons, boas, bearded dragons and a variety of other species. We have small animals...rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, degus, ferrets, hedgehogs, and so much more. We have the best selection of PETS (we handle everything that we are able) and encourage interaction between our customers and our animals so they are well socialized. There is a duck/koi pond. We also have a large selection of feeders- live and frozen rats/mice of all sizes. Our bug selection includes crickets (2 sizes), roaches, hornworms, mealworms, superworms, nightcrawlers, red wigglers or and wax worms. Feeder fish include ghost shrimp, guppies, rosies and comet goldfish plus a large selection of frozen foods for your aquarium. There are weekly activities for the kids and we encourage education. If a child is interested in a pet, our policy is to give a 10% discount on the pet when they submit a 2 page report at the time of purchase. There is also a 10% discount on your entire purchase when you shop with one of our custom bags.
Come and see all we have to offer.
We're not just a store- we are an EXPERIENCE..

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A new beginning....

In January of 2018, Lori Boekeloo became the proprietor of the new and improved TANKS Pet Supply. She added the addendum to the name by adding Boek-el-ZOO as a play on her own last name. It also reflected her desire to create a zoo environment at the store, encompassing education and interaction with the animals there. Though the store has gone through many changes over the years, one thing remained constant- a passion for pets. Lori worked in pet stores through her college years, both corporate and ‘mom and pop’ stores. 30 years passed and she began working part time at TANKS in the winter of 2017. Paired with her love of children and education, Lori plans on bringing that aspect to the store by hosting field trips and educational programs in the recently remodeled Bob Miller Learning Center at the rear of the store. Lori has the goal of making the NEW TANKS a fun place to come and learn and explore. She wants to provide unique experiences and encounters with animals and breeds not commonly seen. There will be workshops and opportunities to socialize with other animal lovers and enthusiasts. So come and see what she has to offer!

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Thanks for Lizzy! She’s doing great!
Found an old photo... thought you might appreciate it.
Brought Bjorna over to see his mama, Lori @ the Zoo. Bjorna found a fake duck and made buddies with it.
Our rescue pig Peanut and her new best friend Spunky ❤️Thanks Tanks for helping us give Peanut the gift of friendship! She is smitten with her new buddy! (They don't live in this box they just love to run around and play in it when they are out of their cage 😉)
Came in and visited the shop for the first time. Christy I think was her name, was super friendly and very helpful. She and a nice gentleman showed my 5 girls around, let them handle some critters and even helped me find a new-to-me tank for our leopard gecko (which totally excited my daughter that owns it!!) thanks so much and we will return for sure!
Oscar says “I LOVE THIS NIP” Thanks Lori Boekeloo!
Lori, can we do this?!?! Please let’s add hats to their tanks. 🙏🏼 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Some pictures of my babies from Tanks. My crested is almost 4 years old now! ❤️
Maybe someone u can adopt
Found this on my FB page, took a screen shot!
So I’ve come to tell about an amazing experience we’ve had with the store and Lori recently. ❤️ Our son, he’s 6, has some behavioral issues and a slight delay. He’s made out of jet fuel and is 1,000mph from the time he wakes up until he crashes at night. The school thinks he may have severe ADHD but haven’t been able to get him properly assessed/diagnosed yet, just observation. Our son had asked for a hamster and after talking with my husband, he said okay! We called the store and talked to our dear friend, Lori. She was quick to let us know (especially knowing our son) that she didn’t think a hamster would be good for Ashton, but she felt as though a rat would be better. My husband, who isn’t the biggest fan of rats, was a little apprehensive but agreed that it would be good for our son and that we would give it a try. As soon as we got to the store Our son was at his second home and instantly started running around the store. He picked out his rat “BB” and wanted to resume the chaos. We sat him down, let him hold his “BB” and it was like he turned into a completely different little boy. He was calm, walking gently, remaining focused and composed. He started talking to his rat as if he was an old friend... the difference in our son was incredible! Now that we’re home, it continues. Our Son takes great pride in his new responsibilities as a little “rat Dad.” He’s become very patient, very gentle, and very calm. When our Son feels like his energy is about to burst out he’ll put BB back in his cage or give him to my husband or myself, ask to go play outside for a little while as he “isn’t feeling very calm right now.” Exerts his energy in a positive way, comes back inside, and is back to watching shows, reading books, or playing - with BB. Some think rats are disgusting or scary... but you couldn’t be more wrong. They’re gentle, they’re affectionate, and extremely clean! I would truly suggest a rat as a pet to any person! Maybe even for their children, as BB has been a great blessing in just this short time for our sweet little boy! FUN FACTS! Did you know::: 🐀🐭🧀 •Rats are incredibly intelligent. •Rats sense of smell far surpass those of dogs! •They can recognize faces and people/animals they’ve seen before. Along with voices and smells. •Rats display emotions such as empathy and regret! •Their hearing is so incredible they can even hear the sound of a persons index finger and thumb rubbing together! •They love music, and studies have shown that classical music can calm them from an anxious state! •Rats normally won’t bite unless they’re startled or feeling threatened. •They love attention and snuggles. •Rats “laugh” and enjoy being “tickled!”