Animals are a perennial favorite of young people. There are always more youth interested in the field of animal care than there are mentors. Gene Schreib, mentor and owner of Pampered Pets in the Ithaca Mall, is well-aware of this fact and is doing something about it. “ Ever since I was a little kid I’d always wanted to work in a pet store. . . but there were no opportunities until I was 18. I want to give kids the opportunity I never had.” Gene has mentored countless numbers of young people and is pictured here with one of his fabulous apprentices.