Ed's Pet World

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Ed's Pet World in 2007

Ed's Pet World is a pet store located at 2730 18th Street South in Homewood. The store's founder and namesake is Ed Cosby, who ran it for over 30 years. He has since turned ownership over to his son, Seth Cosby.

The store was founded in 1974 in Columbiana. Cosby later moved it to Hoover Mall and then, in 1982, to the 2800 block of 18th Street South in Homewood. He subsequently moved it to its current, larger location a block north. For a time, a second store was opened at the Summit.

In October 2000, the store's cat mascot, Cassidy, went missing. Because Cassidy had not roamed before, Crosby assumed he was stolen.

In 2001, Homewood resident Cynthia Powers filed a lawsuit for $5 million against the shop, claiming an Amazon parrot had attacked her, biting her under one eye, while she was in the store. After hearing the case in 2002, a jury awarded her $3,000.

External links


  • "Just a Chat . . . with Ed Cosby." (August 30, 2000) The Birmingham News
  • "Store's greeter disappears, disappointing some fans." (October 29, 2000) Associated Press/The Tuscaloosa News, page 7B.
  • Temple, Chanda (August 31, 2001) "Woman Sues For $5 Million Over Parrot Bite." The Birmingham News, page 1-C.
  • Temple, Chanda (August 10, 2002) "Jury Awards Woman $3,000 In Parrot Attack." The Birmingham News, page 9-A.