Jr. Critter Crew

Current Jr. Critter Crew members Alexander, Maureen, Esa and Isabella

The animals at The Animal Store are special. Just one of the things that makes them special is the care and attention they get from our Jr. Critter Crew. Members of the Jr. Critter Crew have just one job: to learn about and handle the animals — one at a time.

Jr. Critter Crew member Esa socializing a pygmy hedgehog.

Many kids come into the store wanting to work here, volunteer or play with the animals, but it takes someone great to become a volunteer member of the Jr. Critter Crew. Applicants must be at least 11 years old and come into the store to with their parents to meet with Kenn and to apply. Parents and children must each understand the responsibilities involved.

Once they join the crew, members start getting to know the animals. They learn about their care and feeding from one of our trained staff, but the Jr. Critter Crew member’s job is to socialize the animal — play with it, hold it, carry it around the store and get it used to being handled by people. The more animals are held and played with when they are young, the better pets they make when they go home with a family. Socialization makes it safer for both the pets and their humans.

Next time you come into The Animal Store, look for a young person wearing a Jr. Critter Crew shirt and ask about his or her favorite animals. They’ll be happy to show you.

Alexander shows off the new Jr. Critter Crew t-shirt.

About 2kop

Writer, editor, blogger, freelancer, grammar ninja, mama, reluctant pet store owner. Passionate about writing.

Posted on September 29, 2011, in Animal Store Staff, Kenn Bearman, Pets and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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