New West pet store celebrates birthday with gifts

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Bosley’s By Pet Valu is celebrating its 10th anniversary in New West by giving back to the community – something it has been doing since opening its doors in Columbia Square.

Karima Jivraj, who opened her Bosley’s store on March 5, 2011, has big plans for her store’s anniversary celebration.

“I always imagined celebrating with a huge party, a Bollywood themed party,” she said. “But given the current pandemic restrictions, I realized that was not going to happen and I had to get creative.”

Instead, Jivraj thanks his customers, neighbors, supporters and vendors by creating a safe week of celebration in his store. She also plans to give back to the community that has supported her business for the past decade.

“Our store felt the impacts of the pandemic, but we were able to stay afloat,” she said in a statement. “A lot of businesses and organizations have been hit much harder, and I wanted to give them a helping hand while providing a way to say ‘thank you’ to my customers. “

Starting Friday, March 5, Bosley’s will be giving away 350 gift cards with every purchase. Customers will receive gift cards for local businesses: Tre Galli Gelato; Columbia Street sandwich shop; Old Crow; Artisanal coffee; and serious coffee.

Bosley’s is also running a social media contest where entrants will be eligible for local prizes.

The grand prize, valued at $ 865, includes a two-night stay for two at the Inn at the Quay, dinner for two at Piva Modern Italian, breakfast for two at Angelina’s, lunch for two at Tre Galle Gelato, a beer tasting for two at Steel & Oak and a $ 100 gift card at Bosley’s. The second prize includes gift cards totaling $ 450 to local businesses (Taverna Greka, Steel & Oak, Origins Chocolate, The Refill Stop, Good Omen, Mila + Paige, Bunches and Blooms and Bosley’s) and the third prize is a basket -Blue Buffalo gift and two cases of petcurienne food.

Details can be found on the store’s Facebook (@bosleysinnewwestminster) and Instagram (@bosleys_columbiasquare) pages.

Recognizing that many people and their animals have struggled this year, Jivraj has partnered with suppliers First Mate and Petcurean to send 5,000 pounds of food to remote communities in British Columbia through the Wild West Animal League. .

“This food is a godsend for remote communities who already face so many obstacles, especially this year. Some of them are a day’s drive from a vet or a pet store, and have gone months without accessing them, ”April Fahr of the Wild West Animal League said in a press release. “It’s a great gift, especially as kitten season approaches.”

Supporting responsible rescue has always been a priority for Jivraj.

Over the past decade, she has raised over $ 70,000 and donated 30,000 pounds of food and supplies to animal welfare organizations. The majority went to New Westminster Animal Services, but other recipients have included Little Paws Rescue, Lower Mainland Humane Society, Straight Outta Rescue, Wild West Animal League, and others.

Jivraj, who has been nominated twice for New Westminster Businessman of the Year, and her Bosley’s team have helped adopt over 250 pets by housing adoptable pets in the store and helping promote the adoption.

In 2019, Bosley’s by Pet Valu in Columbia Square won the Canadian Pet Community Award Chain Retailer Award for Western Canada. The awards recognize industry leaders who go above and beyond what their work calls them to do, in areas such as educating the public about animal care and responsible pet ownership.

Located at 114-1015 Columbia St., Bosley’s has a number of COVID-19 protocols in place, including masks, disinfectant, and physical distancing.

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