Pet World Lawrence


Welcome to the Pet World Hero Page!

On Memorial Day, 2015, Pet World suffered a tragic fire while we were closed. During and since the fire, countless people have helped us in many ways. We will never know who all has helped us since most efforts were selfless and nameless, not seeking acknowledgment. To those private heroes we would like to say thank you. You know who you are and how you helped and we sincerely appreciate everything you've done.

Not everyone wants to be publicly acknowledged and I respect that. Because many of the memories are a blur, we can't remember everyone and it might take years to list most of the heroes on this page but I would love to try. To the helpers listed here, we don’t mean to embarrass anyone. We just want to publicly acknowledge your kindness. Please note that people are not listed in any particular order.

Heroes are helpers who come in many forms. If you know a helper we could honor here, please contact us. This page will be an ongoing project of mine. I hope you enjoy it.

To share your own reflections and maybe add to this Hero page, please visit our public Facebook group page called Pet World Fire Reflections.


"Always look for the helpers," she'd tell me. "There's always someone who is trying to help."
I did, and I came to see that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong.
-Fred Rogers on advice from his mother during times of crisis

HERO Christina Maki


PW Hero Christina Maki About a week after the fire I found myself face down on my kitchen floor, hopeless and numb. I was just lying there, ready to give up...

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HERO Jim Haller


PW Hero Jim Haller As soon as I heard about the fire, I called our friend, Jim. He answered, said he’d check on the situation, and call me right back. Jim...

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Employment Opportunities

Voted BEST PLACE TO WORK in Lawrence, Pet World has long been known as an amazing work experience. We offer highly sought after internships and paid apprenticeships that can turn into flexible short and long term paid positions. After your time at PW, which is usually about 4-5 years for most, we'll help you complete an expert resume to launch a great career! Interested in joining the Pet World team? Check out our Employment Opportunities page for more info.

Location & Hours

Pet World
711 W 23rd Street
Lawrence, KS 66046

Phone: 785-841-7476

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Please see Contact Us page for exceptions to these store hours.

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