HAZARD — Residents of Perry County finally have a pet shop in Hazard. Animal lovers no longer need to travel those long miles to surrounding counties for finding that special pet or stocking up on their pet care needs. The Pet Shop of Hazard, located in the old Monkey Punch building, opened its doors on Jan. 17.
The store is owned by Montana Terry and Raleigh Terry, a husband and wife duo from Isom. Lisa Nichols, known affectionally by Montana as Boss Lady, helps run the store. Tosh Adams also works at the pet store.
Both Montana and Nichols said the main reason why they opened a pet shop in Hazard was because there were none currently.
“It’s quite the distance to drive to a pet shop out of the county. There was none in Hazard before us,” said Nichols.
Montana praised Nichols’s knowledge of animals. While Montana has experience with handling and caring for most animals, she is somewhat unfamiliar with fish. Montana said Nichols is instrumental in helping teach her how to care for fish; she is also educating her on every fish species.
“I depend on Lisa so much. She is showing me everything she knows,” said Montana.
The pet store offers many different types of animals for potential pet owners. These pets range from ferrets, rabbits, hamsters to snakes, spiders, lizards, and frogs. They currently don’t have any dogs, but Montana hopes to have some in stock in the coming weeks.
In future, Nichols and Montana are planning to host classes to teach how to properly care for animals. They said it would be something both children and adults could learn from.
For first-time pet owners, Nichols recommends taking home a guinea pig. She said guinea pigs are social animals that rarely bite and are great pets for children.
The pet shop has a mascot. His name is Mojo and he is a Savannah Monitor. Right now, he has stayed hidden from customers because Montana was worried he might freak some of them out. She said once she has puppies and dogs in stock that Mojo would be running around the store with her.
She said while most stores have a bird as a pet animal, she has Mojo.
Montana hopes the store will continue to grow in the future. She said they had plenty of room to grow in the old Monkey Punch building.
The store is opened Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. They are opened on Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.
For more information on the store, please call 606-436-4604.
Montana wants to stress this to customers, “If we do not have what you are looking for, we will try out best to get it. We will try our hardest to get the animal you are looking for.”
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.