Marc Morrone

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Marc Morrone
Born 1960 (age 57–58)
Bronx, New York, United States

Marc Morrone (born 1960 in Bronx, New York)[1] is an American animal dealer and breeder and host of The Pet Shop with Marc Morrone for Mag Rack.

He also hosted Petkeeping with Marc Morrone, a television program produced by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which originally ended its run on September 17, 2006, although several stations throughout the country continue to air old episodes to meet their E/I requirements. It is now back in production on the Hallmark Channel.[2][3] He currently lives with his wife and many pets.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

At age four, Morrone adopted his first pet, a parakeet named Jinxie. By age 18, Morrone’s pet collection had outgrown his parents' house. In 1978, Morrone opened a pet store Parrots of the World. with his business partner Nick Guerra in Rockville Centre, New York. The store has since grown into a large business and as of July 2017 it is still in operation.

Morrone’s television career began as a guest on the News 12 program The Family Pet. In 1995, he started a cable show, Extra Help Pet Show, later renamed Metro Pets. His practice of crowding dozens of animals in a small space on-camera was allegedly born of necessity — Morrone claimed it was needed to keep the animals warm in the unheated television studio. Because there were so many animals of different species all together, this resulted in frequent fights between the pets, including a monkey attempting to eat a bird's head and a turtle trying to bite a dog's tongue off. Morrone - with childish laughter and light-hearted jokes - would downplay these relatively violent incidents.[5] The local cable show led to Morrone’s guest appearances with Martha Stewart on her television program Martha Stewart Living, starting in 1997. In 2001, Hearst Entertainment began syndication of The Pet Shop With Marc Morrone.

Petkeeping with Marc Morrone[edit]

In 2003, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia gave him a half-hour show, Petkeeping with Marc Morrone. The program is taped on location in his pet store. [1] Morrone was also a frequent contributor to Kids magazine, also published by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and currently hosts a weekly radio program Petkeeping for Martha Stewart Living Radio, on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Pets which have appeared on Petkeeping[edit]

List of episodes[edit]

Episode name Original air date
Kids & Kitties September 20, 2004
Dogs on the fly October 4, 2004
Bringing Up Birdie October 18, 2004
Paws with a Cause October 25, 2004
'Phibious Fun November 15, 2004
All-American Dog November 22, 2004
Bringing Home Puppy January 31, 2005
Avian Attraction April 25, 2005
Better to See You May 2, 2005
Pigeon Love song May 9, 2005
Piggies & 'Toos January 3, 2011
Common Cat Problems and Solutions January 5, 2011
Reptiles January 10, 2011
Birds & Games January 11, 2011
Feathered&'Phibious January 12, 2011
Keets&Ferrets January 18, 2011
Bearded Dragons January 19, 2011
Older Pets January 19, 2011
Breed Groups January 20, 2011
The Best Toys for Your Pet January 20, 2011
Iguanas & More January 24, 2011
Wild Things January 24, 2011
Grays & Easter January 25, 2011
Is My Pet Crazy January 25, 2011
Best of MM1-2 January 26, 2011
Fish January 26, 2011
Pets at Weddings January 27, 2011
Choosing Fish January 28, 2011
Mini Marc January 31, 2011
Urban Pet Keeping February 1, 2011
Common Dog Problems & Solutions February 14, 2011
Furried & Friendly February 25, 2011
Collies N Cockatiels March 4, 2011
Juniors and Pets March 7, 2011
On the Kitty Runway March 9, 2011
New to You March 10, 2011
Ring Around the Neck March 11, 2011
Manx to Skinks March 14, 2011
Cavalier and Healthy August 8, 2011
Helpin Bunnies August 10, 2011
Service Snow Pups August 11, 2011
Pionus Outdoors August 12, 2011
Turtles January 4, 2012
Communication & Compassion January 5, 2012
Small Spaces January 13, 2012
Companions for Life January 16, 2012
Secrets to a Successful Vet Visit January 17, 2012
Roots January 18, 2012
Saltwater Creatures January 25, 2012
Aqua Friends January 26, 2012
Rodents February 1, 2012
Oral Care February 3, 2012

The Pet Shop with Marc Morrone[edit]

In March 2006 Morrone was featured on Mag Rack, in the Video On Demand series The Pet Shop with Marc Morrone. The program follows a similar format as Petkeeping, and aims to offer helpful and useful advice on caring for a variety of animals. It also includes appearance by his pets including Harry, a scarlet macaw; Splash, a ferret; and Harvey, a 13-pound Flemish rabbit. 25 episodes were developed for the first season, and cover various topics such as alternatives to dogs as pets, housetraining pets, caring for smaller animals, and tips on setting up and maintaining aquariums.

Thieves rob "Parrots of the World"[edit]

On August 15, 2007, robbers broke into Morrone's Parrots of the World store through a back window and stole 45 parrots, including cockatoos, grey parrots and a toucan. The lot was valued at over $60,000. Morrone expressed concern for the pilfered parrots because they require special food and care and could die if they become overstressed. None of the stolen birds were Morrone's pets that have appeared on television with him, although many of them also live in the store.


Morrone has authored five books, Ask The Dog Keeper, Ask The Cat Keeper, Ask The Fish Keeper and Ask the Bird Keeper, all published by Bowtie Press in 2009. A Man For All Species, a book about the adventures of an animal keeper, was published by Random House in 2010.


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