A girl walks around with a pint-sized sheltie puppy in her arms, followed by a crowd of cooing admirers taking turns fawning over the black and white pup no more than a few weeks old. Another group plays with a leaf-green lizard, letting it climb lazily across their hands. A volunteer pulls a white ferret out of a cage and walks around the store with him, giving him a moment to explore a counter top before setting the sleek-furred animal to cuddle on his lap.
Anthony Kaczmarek, a 19-year-old Wildlife and Fisheries major at West Virginia University, volunteers at a very non-traditional pet shop. Rather than keeping the animals in cages and only taking them out when necessary, Animal House residents enjoy lots of attention from volunteers and pet enthusiasts alike. Animal House takes in many volunteers from many walks of life, from WVU students like Kaczmarek to high school students from Morgantown.
Kaczmarek says animals are his favorite things and loves volunteering at the store. According to him, the volunteers all enjoy working together and are “cliqued in a ‘good way’ after working together for a long time.” He owns a pet snake and helps make sales to a lot of students and townies alike. He commented on how for a while now, there has been a sugar glider fad among students and the store has sold many.
To find out how you can volunteer at Animal House, go to the store at 379 High Street or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also show support by liking them on facebook.