Nervous new owners, swearing parrots and breeding rabbits – independent pet stores have seen it all and now is the time to celebrate the wonderful work they do.
This year, sustainable pet brand Beco is launching the first Beco Independent Pet Shop Awards to champion “the brilliant people who work tirelessly to run the independent pet stores we love across the country.”
Beco will honor these pillars of the community by asking people to nominate their favorite independent pet store. A jury will visit the nominees before crowning one of them the UK’s favorite independent pet shop.
George Bramble, co-founder of Beco, said: “The pandemic has been difficult for everyone on Main Street, but with 3.2 million people becoming new pet owners last year, pet stores have worked harder than ever with home deliveries, community support, and advice on everything from nutrition and animal care to sustainability.
“Britain is a nation of pet lovers and it has never been more evident in the past year or so. We have always relied on local pet stores for all of our pet care needs, and now we are calling on people across Britain to thank these street champions by naming their favorites and encouraging people to support their local pet store.
Applications open Monday, October 11 on www.becopets.com and will close at the end of October.