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National award recognition and further growth for dog crèche business

Surrey-based dog crèche business, Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, has reached the finals of a national pet trade award in the same month it announced further growth.

The fast-growing small business is a finalist in the Pet Industry Federation Awards Pet Services Dog Day Care & Boarding category. The awards are designed to highlight the best in the pet industry and bring together top pet companies from around the country. Winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 1 November at the Wokefield Park hotel, Reading.

Bruce Casalis, managing director, Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, said:

“We’re thrilled to reach the finals of these prestigious pet industry awards. Bruce’s Doggy Day Care has already won several regional awards so it feels right that we’ve now taken the next step to gain national recognition. We received the news we were finalists this month (September) just as we finalised a huge expansion project at our flagship day care site in Cobham, Surrey. It’s been a very busy time!”

First opened in 2009, the Bruce’s Doggy Day Care Cobham site has grown from a couple of huts and a few acres, to the sophisticated purpose-built 25-acre day care centre of today. It now boasts a total of five fields, each five acres in size, all with their own heated Scandinavian log cabins. There is a brand new reception and office, dog grooming parlour, and a nursery area for puppies and small dogs. The site has also welcomed 10 new members of staff and three new doggy buses.

Bruce Casalis adds:

“After opening our second site in nearby Ripley last year, it was time to turn our attention back to Cobham. Given business has been booming with waiting lists for our services, it made sense to expand. Our day care centres have 32 staff and over 500 dogs of all shapes and sizes. Now we have expanded, we hope to welcome another 300 dogs into our care.”

The canine customers are collected in special air-conditioned doggy buses from their homes in catchment areas around London and Surrey. They then spend the day at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care facilities having fun with their four-legged friends before being driven home tired and happy. Proof that dogs can be a part of the lives of busy people, including full-time workers and commuters.