Since the company opened a little more than 10 years ago, PetSense has grown across the country.

With locations in 25 states, the pet supply company will add store No. 128 in August with the opening of the Hays store at Centennial Plaza, 2520 Vine. There is a planned grand opening Aug. 13, following a soft opening Aug. 11.

“We felt there was a need for our store in Hays in the research we did of the area,” said Caroline Adare, PetSense market manager for Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The chain opened in 2004 with its first store in Castle Rock, Colo. It just recently expanded into Kansas, as the first PetSense in the state opened in Pittsburg on May 9. The Hays store will be the second in the state.

The store does not carry animals for sale, but they will have the company’s Sav a Pet Center, where the store adopts cats from a local rescue group or humane society. Adare said once a month there will be a time when people will be able to adopt a rescue dog.

“What we’re looking for with where we place PetSense is we want to go into rural areas,” said Adare, who is located in Ponca City, Okla. “We’ve found that there is a need for our stores in these areas.”

Towns with less than 30,000 are more the size the company is wanting to place stores in, Adare said.

Supplies the store sells are for small animals and reptiles, and it carries premium dog and cat food. On the company’s Facebook page, PetSense offers products including, Nutro, Science Diet, Eukanauba, ProPac, Blue Buffalo and Kong.

At the grand opening, Adare said there will be drawings for gift certificates. Pets are welcome in the store, but they must be on a leash.