The winners of the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Awards were announced on October 1, 2019, at the 2019 IBPSA Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show. The awards, nicknamed the Ibbys, were established by the International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) to honor those businesses raising the bar for professionalism and success in the pet care services industry. The following winners were determined based on a nomination and independent selection committee process:
Club DSS/Dog Sitting Services by Kat (Independent Provider Award)
DogBoy’s Dog Ranch (Facility Award)
K9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel (Franchise Award)
Ruff Housing (Multiple Facility Award)
PetAirapy (Vendor Award)
To meet the initial threshold for a nomination, pet care providers must have been in business for at least three years and a current member of IBPSA for at least six months. Next, nominees were required to submit information reflecting their financial growth in the past year, company description and vision, and company culture. Nominees were also required to provide information on how the business excels in animal welfare along with details on education and certifications completed by the business owners and employees. Vendors were nominated by current IBPSA pet care provider members.
“As the pet care industry continues to explode and competition increases, it’s important to recognize those professionals who are setting themselves apart from the crowd,” said Carmen Rustenbeck, IBPSA’s founder and CEO. “Pet owners should have a gold standard to look to when choosing a pet care provider and these pet care industry professionals are helping set that standard.”
The nomination process next year’s awards will open in the spring of 2020. Updates can be found at https://theibbys.com.
The International Boarding & Pet Services Association was established to foster and support the pet care services industry and its members including the owners and managers of pet boarding and daycare facilities, veterinarians, pet sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers, and holistic pet care providers. The association provides education, certifications, resources, products, information, and legislative support to help its members succeed. As part of its commitment to education and the business of pet care, IBPSA holds an annual conference with speakers, sessions, and exhibitors dedicated to helping pet care professionals grow their business, plan for the future, and maintain personal balance. For more information on IBPSA, visit https://www.ibpsa.com.