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Carl’s Damaged Pet Warehouse in Gilbert

If you have a child who loves farm animals and are looking for a free way to visit them, Carl's Damaged Pet Warehouse in Gilbert is a great activity to put of your list. It can be easily add onto your visit to the Riparian Preserve or all by itself!

Lucia Perez

If you have a child who loves farm animals and are looking for a free way to visit them, Carl’s Damaged Pet Warehouse in Gilbert is a great activity to put of your list. It can be easily add onto your visit to the Riparian Preserve or all by itself!

You can access his house by parking right outside of his house or, if you are looking for a longer adventure, you can park at the Riparian Preserve parking lot and follow the trails to the Sun Circle Trail and head east along the trail, cross over the canal and Carl’s backyard is the first house on left. If you park at Carl’s house, park on the side or the back and make sure not to block his neighbor’s driveway.

It is free to visit and Carl puts out food to feed his animals at 8 am, noon, and 3 pm. However, the food in the buckets go quickly, so it is best to bring your own food if your kids want to feed the animals.

We brought bananas and carrots with us and we noticed that the animals were much more excited about the bananas than the carrots- maybe they have a sweet tooth! Both are great, cheap options to bring with you. Do not bring grapes, peaches, avocados, or anything with a pit. Someone brought a whole watermelon and it was fun to watch the animals break it apart- that’s definitely our plan for next time!

You need to stay behind the fence, but the animals come right up to the fence and it was easy for us to reach them to feed. They are very friendly. My kids enjoyed feeding the cows the most because of their big mouths and tongues!

Carl has many different animals including cows, pigs, and donkeys. There is a sign with the names of the animals and my kids had a ton of fun trying to locate and identify all of the animals.

Carl’s Damaged Pet Warehouse is located at 2825 E Campbell Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234 and you can visit at any time.

More great things to do around Gilbert can be found here!

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  • Lucia Perez

    Lucia is a transplant from Ohio (via Austin, TX and Columbia, MO) and mom of four. When she isn’t homeschooling or preparing a second (and third) lunch of chicken nuggets, she enjoys finding cheap and free things to do in her endless attempt to expend her children’s energy. She is a self-professed book nerd and will go to great lengths to see trees changing color. She has been known to wear a cardigan in October no matter what the temperature.

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