11 May 2017

BUSINESS - Voting Open for PIJAC Canada's Animal Welfare Retail Award

Five finalists have been announced for PIJAC Canada’s Animal Welfare is Everyone’s Business Retail Award for Western Canada.

The finalists were selected for their efforts in the pursuit of improving animal well-being through the promotion of pet care education, responsible pet ownership and overall community involvement.

“One of the great things about this venture is that the candidates will be voted on by their contemporaries. People who understand exactly how hard they work to serve the community,“ says Louis McCann, President of PIJAC Canada.

Successful nominees were assessed using a points system based on the award criteria.

Every nominee is a great example of social innovation in action in the animal industry.

Finalists include:

Bosley’s by Pet Valu, Columbia Square in New Westminster, BC support the local animal shelter and food bank. Pets are available for adoption in-store, the business offers pet care talks in the schools and also works with the mayor and council on animal related issues.

Global Pet Foods Winnipeg hosts pet adoption events and regularly donates food and supplies to animal rescue organizations. They are a sponsor of Bark for Life, an event that raises funds for cancer research, and the Manitoba Pet Expo.

Pets West in Victoria provides adoption space to a large number of local rescue organizations for a variety of animals - cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, chinchillas, and more. Their reach goes beyond animal groups as they have also supported a lot of human oriented organizations as well.

Homes Alive Pets in Edmonton also promote responsible pet ownership and have strong relationships with rescues and Edmonton animal control - providing adoption space and supporting initiatives. They stepped up in 2016 to help victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

The Pooch & Pony in Stony Plain have introduced animal wellness programs into their business and support a large number of animal and human related organizations in their community. They provide grooming services to the Parkland Humane Society and supported victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Voting is available online to PIJAC Canada members, pre-registered visitors and exhibitors of the Western Canadian Pet Industry Trade Show until May 23rd.

The Western winner will be announced at the Full House Gala & Fundraiser, during the Western Trade Show, the evening of Sunday, June 4th in Calgary, Alberta.

The nomination process for awards for other regions of Canada will begin in the summer.

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