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Our Story

Prefer Pets Travel Gear

My husband and I started Prefer Pets in 2006 on an afternoon drive to Victory Park in Pasadena CA, to spend a lovely Saturday with our 2 pekes, Button and ShoSho. On our way there, our boy Button escaped from the carrier that we had bought at a pet box store and proceed to play with us by running around on the floor of the car, ducking under the car seats, and finally wedging himself behind the brake pedal. Luckily, we were able to stop the car without any injury.

That was when we knew we need to have a better carrier to travel safely with our 2 fur-kids.

Starting with our first Prefer Pets carriers, the original duffel and the original backpack, created with features and functions that we wished we had on that day, we are persistently evolving the design of our bags based on feedbacks from real customers and from our own journeys with Button and ShoSho as they grew older. Every Prefer Pets product are created with the thought of what we would want for ourselves in term of mindful designs, quality material & construction, and real old fashion costumer service when we were choosing pet products for Button and ShoSho.

Today, we proudly remain a family business based in Southern California. While our little boy and little girl are no longer with us, we are committed to continue making quality travel carriers for pets and the people who love them, to enjoy life’s journey with their own Buttons and ShoShos.

- Emily, owner & designer of Prefer Pets



Emily and ShoSho


Let's take life's journey together.

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