Fire Updates

Please see below for updates on the Pet World fire and rebuild. The original, official statement is listed at the bottom.

November 16, 2015


Announcing the OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN to reopening Pet World! You miss the PW experience. We miss the PW experience. The temporary location has been great but we are all SO READY to get back in that big building! Let the countdown begin. Immediately...

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August 27, 2015


SOUNDOFF! Fire safety: How do we protect animals who can’t protect themselves?Please read then speak your mind! After our tragic fire on Memorial Day, Pet World landed on the front lines of fire safety for animal housing facilities – somewhere we...

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August 17, 2015


RECALLING EMPLOYEES As of this week, all of our managers are back up to full time and we have recalled a total of 11 employees back to work! How is this possible? You. Your patronage is not only saving us, but literally...

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August 9, 2015


Progress! The old building has been gutted down to the studs and concrete. Next will be the replacement of the entire roof. We have a lot of work ahead of us but, thankfully, we're in forward motion with an end...

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July 19, 2015


PET WORLD EXPRESS! Have you visited PWX? It’s small but more and more stocked by the day. Filling your orders and adding them to normal stock has worked well to improve our inventory. We know it’s not the same experience...

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June 28, 2015


PET WORLD EXPRESS Our temporary location is up and running! We are across the parking lot from our old store, between the laundromat and Bikram Yoga. The space is only ¼ of what we’re accustomed to but we’re making it...

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June 20, 2015


Live Animals and Fire Prevention at Pet World Express The new location (across the parking lot by Bikram Yoga) is open and running. Well, crawling is probably a better word. But we didn’t want to wait any longer to reopen. You...

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June 17, 2015


I don’t know which to tell you first – the good news or the bad news. We have some of each. GOOD NEWS The Lawrence community continues to inspire us. The outpouring of support from businesses and families has been truly...

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June 13, 2015


Such a very different week. The week before last was brutal. I think we all hit our lowest points, struggling to let ourselves feel any joy amidst all that sorrow, feeling like moving on would somehow lessen the importance of...

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June 8, 2015


What a week. I think it’s fair to say we all fell to our lowest points last week. The grieving process is not easy as so many of you know too well. Currently, we are not allowed to do anything with...

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June 3, 2015


This might be the longest update yet. Brace yourself. Our final word on fire prevention. Retail businesses are considered the safest of all commercial occupancies. When we moved into that building the city came in, inspected everything, advised us on safety...

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May 28, 2015


At the scene, one of the firefighters told us, "One step at a time. Don't worry about the next step until it's time to take the next step." That was perhaps the best advice anyone could have given us for...

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Official Statement Regarding the Fire


The Pet World staff would like to thank the community for the help during this very difficult time. The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. The picture to the right shows staff members after firefighters rescued Goliath, the...

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