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IBPSA Announces 2023 IBBY Pet Care Business Excellence Award Winners

By Pet Age Staff//November 1, 2023//

IBPSA Announces 2023 IBBY Pet Care Business Excellence Award Winners

By: Pet Age Staff//November 1, 2023//

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Press release: IBPSA

The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) recently announced this year’s winners of the Pet Care Business Excellence Awards, nicknamed the IBBYs. Presented at IBPSA’s annual FLOW Business Conference, which was held October 1 to 3 in Orlando, Florida, the IBBYs are awarded to individuals or organizations that demonstrate excellence in areas such as vision and leadership, animal welfare, company culture, customer service, community involvement and an ongoing commitment to learning, growth and development.

“The IBBY Awards spotlight the best pet care service providers in our industry,” said Carmen Rustenbeck, founder and CEO of IBPSA. “They have become highly sought-after, prestigious awards that not only recognize quality of services but also how the business positively impacts their community, employees and the pets in their care.”

IBPSA is proud to congratulate the following recipients of the 2023 IBBY Awards:

  • Small Business (1-15 employees) Award: Pampered Puppies of Wellesley, Massachusetts.
  • Medium Business (16-49 employees) Award: Scout’s Honor Pet Retreat of Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Large Business (50 or more employees) Award: Kennelwood Pet Resort of Maryville, Illinois.
  • Industry Partner Award (formerly known as the Vendor Award): Live Oak Bank
  • Industry Leader Award: Amy Hillis


To be considered for an IBBY Award, individuals and organizations must first be nominated by their fellow IBPSA members. The IBPSA IBBY Selection Committee then requests a video interview with nominees; based on these interviews, three finalists are chosen from each category. Finalists are presented alongside award winners at the annual FLOW Business Conference. In addition to nominating pet care service providers, IBPSA Members may also nominate up to three industry Vendor Partners who they believe are among the best allies for the pet care industry. Next year’s IBBY Award winners will be announced at the 2024 FLOW Business Conference, held September 24 to 26 in Tucson, Arizona.

The International Boarding & Pet Services Association is a professional business association that provides business resources, industry expertise, staff education and training, certifications and legislative support for the pet care services industry. IBPSA Members include the owners and employees of pet boarding and daycare facilities, groomers, dog walkers, pet sitters, veterinarians, trainers and holistic care pet care providers.