These 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 2021 Ibbys will be presented to the winners and “runner-pups” in multiple categories during the opening session at the FLOW Business Conference this year in September.
Pet Care Provider Awards
The first category for the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Awards is the Pet Care Provider Awards. These are divided into 3 sub categories:
- Independent Provider Award
- Facility Award
- Franchisee Award
- Multiple Facility Award
IBPSA Members may nominate for the Pet Care Provider Award here.
Premier Vendor Awards
The second category for the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Awards is the Premier Vendor Award. Pet care providers may nominate up to three industry vendors who they believe are among the best allies for the pet care industry.
IBPSA Members may nominate for the Premier Vendor Award here.
Carmen Cares Award
The third category for the IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Awards is the Carmen Cares Award. The Carmen Cares Ibby Award celebrates an individual, company or organization that has made outstanding efforts to improve the pet care industry through humanitarian or animal welfare efforts or education and industry development.
IBPSA Members may nominate for the Carmen Cares Award here.
About the Selection Process
Ibby finalists and winners are decided by the IBPSA Ibby Selection Committee based on nominations by fellow IBPSA members. To meet the initial threshold for a nomination, pet care providers must have been in business for at least three years and have been a current member of IBPSA for at least six months. Nominees will be required to submit information reflecting:
- Financial growth in the past year.
- Company description and the vision.
- Company culture.
- How the business excels in animal welfare.
- Education and certifications completed by pet care services business owners and employees.
Based on the categories, smaller pet care business finalists have just as much of an opportunity to take home an award as larger companies. Pet care providers can also nominate up to three industry vendors who they believe are among the best allies for the pet care industry.
2021 Ibby Award Winners Will Be Announced in the Fall
The 2021 IBPSA FLOW Business Conference will be held in the Fall of 2021. This business and education-focused conference presented by the International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) brings together a world-class line-up of speakers and exhibitors to educate and inspire pet care services providers. Join the owners, managers, and key employees of pet boarding and daycare facilities, pet sitters, veterinarians, groomers, trainers and more as they take in conference sessions lead by industry experts presenting in an entertaining and informative variety of styles on topics for every aspect of your pet care services business. Plus take advantage of a trade show featuring cutting edge exhibitors where you can see demos, ask questions, and get answers about the products and services you need.