Pet World Lawrence

Junior Volunteering

At Pet World the most important members of our staff are our youth volunteers!

jverPet World junior volunteers help out anywhere between once a month and once a week for an hour at a time to socialize our animals. Volunteers provide valuable insight into what's going on with our current pets. They know which bunnies need to get used to being held, which bird is still working on learning to "step up" and which hamster is especially quick when picked up. Their work with these animals is part of what makes buying a pet at Pet World so great - they've already been worked with, trained, and loved by our volunteers!

Our volunteers not only work hard while they're here but they worked hard to get the position! Volunteers are not only asked to provide us with why they want to be a volunteer, but they also must get personal recommendations from a parent and a mentor in order to be accepted!

As a volunteer, kids start working with the small mammals first. If they continue to volunteer at Pet World they learn how to handle the birds, reptiles and even help out in the fish room!

Junior volunteers are true animal lovers, as they're routinely peed on, pooped on, scratched and even bitten during their shifts. They understand this is just a normal part of being a professional animal handler!

If your animal-loving child, or a child you know, is between the ages of 11 and 15 and looking to make a positive difference with animals, our Junior Volunteer Program might be a perfect fit! Kids who completed Animal Camp or Wilderness Camp may begin the program a year early at age 10.

We accept applications for Junior Volunteers during the months of August, January and May.

Email Ande at with any questions!

Download the JV Application Here!


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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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