Moreno’s Feed and Pet Store first opened its doors in Donna Texas in June of 1979 by Gus Moreno Jr.After serving his country for 11 years in the United States Air Force, Gus returned to his roots in the Rio Grande Valley. Gus was raised on a farm and knew that he wanted to open a business related to agriculture and farm animals. Gus along with his wife Pat and six children were dedicated and determined to build a successful feed and pet business that could provide the Mid Valley communitieswith good products at reasonable prices and that were backed with great service. Their six children were born and raised on a small farm North of Donna and were schooled by their parents on the art of “animal husbandry” which is the love and care of animals. Gus often told his children; that in life “find something you truly enjoy doing and you will never work a day in you’re life”
In 1982, a second location was opened in Weslaco Texas which is now owned and operated by son, Leroy Moreno. Thanks to a very good customer base in Weslaco and surrounding communities, the Weslaco store blossomed. In order to provide a bigger and better selection of pet supplies and premium dog foods, Leroy Moreno built a new and larger building in 2004. The new store is located at 2424 East Business 83 which is right in front of Weslaco East High School. The Weslaco location is a full line pet shop where you can find all types of pets from birds like parakeets and cockatiels to small animals like hamsters and bunnies. The Weslaco store is well known for its selection of Valley grown puppies. It is also one of the few stores left in the Valley that sells baby chicks. Just remember the Moreno slogan, “best place in town to pick up chicks”
When you visit Moreno’s Feed and Pet Store of Weslaco, remember to check out the “snake pit”.Leroy Moreno has a collection of large Burmese Python snakes, three of the largest in the Mid Valley. These giant snakes are Leroy’s personal pets. “Sorry…Not for sale”.Leroy is the first one to say that snakes are not a pet for everyone, but if you haven’t seen a sixteen foot, 150 pound Burmese snake before, be sure to go by Moreno’s Feed and Pet Store of Weslaco.