Best Of 2018

Best Shop Cat: Gary at EarthWise

EarthWise Pet all-natural pet nutrition market and spa has food, supplies, grooming and accessories for green-leaning furry family members and their humans. Part of a national 40-year-old chain but independently owned, EarthWise frequently works with local cat rescues — specifically Cincinnati Cats, a special needs and at-risk shelter — to house and socialize adoptable felines in their Cat Room. One of the cats not up for adoption? Gary. Gary was rescued in 2014 by the Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic and came to EarthWise to spend time in the Cat Room while he looked for his forever home — but it was quickly apparent he was already there. Gary has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV: an incurable, slow-acting disease that weakens the immune system and makes a cat particularly susceptible to illnesses. But Gary is living his best life, eating (too many) treats, advocating the “adopt-don’t- shop” mentality and proving that FIV-positive cats are capable of leading a completely normal and happy life. Come say hi to Gary — and his fashionable collection of bow ties — while stocking up on raw and organic eats, eco cleaning supplies and localish products like Canine Correct Table Food for Dogs. EarthWise Pet, 11328 Montgomery Road, Haper’s Point, earthwisepet.com