Hero Page

Pet WorldWelcome 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 will take me many 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 that I'll never completely finish but 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, when somehow I received a link to a blog post...

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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 is a close friend, a family man, a craftsman, an...

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HERO Korianne (Daboda) Kaleikini


PW Hero Korianne Kaleikini  We were all at the Pet World 5K that day. Like, almost everyone in my day to day life. Employees, family, friends...so many people. Korianne was at the starting/finish line, checking people in, sending them on their...

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