Bosley’s by PetValu in Columbia Square was one of the big winners at the 2019 Canadian Pet Community Awards (western region).
Karima Jivraj, store owner, is thrilled to have won the Chain Store Retailer Award 2019 for Western Canada.
“This award is an honour to win, as we were nominated by our industry peers, and is a testament to all that we do for pets in our community and around the Lower Mainland,” she said in an email to the Record.
PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) Canada announced the winners of this year’s awards on April 14 at an event held in conjunction with the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show in Calgary.
“Recognizing our leaders helps to ensure a brighter future for our pets,” said Craig Brummell, PIJAC Canada’s board chair. “By highlighting the efforts of trailblazing professionals, other can be inspired to grow their focus on the wellbeing of animals.”
According to a press release, the awards recognize industry officials who go above and beyond what their jobs call upon them to do, in areas including public education on pet care and responsible pet ownership
In other news, social media sensation BenBen, who was once known as the Saddest Cat on the Internet, will be visiting Bosley’s on Saturday, April 27 from noon to 4 p.m. for its adoption event. The visit coincides with the fourth anniversary of BenBen’s adoption by his forever family, after being rescued from death row in 2016.
Visitors will be able to meet BenBen, who has more than 373,000 Instagram followers, and some of the cats and dogs from New Westminster Animal Shelter and Straight Outta Rescue who are looking for their forever homes.
Bosley’s is selling paper paws for $1, $2 and $5 in April, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the New Westminster Animal Shelter. Eight customers will also be able to get pet portraits done for a $40 donation to the New Westminster Animal Shelter.
As part of April’s Pet Appreciation Month, Bosley’s has dedicated the month to helping pets in need. It’s aiming to raise $5,000 for the city’s new animal shelter.