FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood's K9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel has won the first-ever IBPSA Pet Care Business Excellence Award.

The award, nicknamed the Ibbys, was established by the International Boarding & Pet Services Association to honor businesses raising the bar for professionalism and success in the pet care services industry.

“As the pet care industry continues to explode and competition increases, it’s important to recognize those professionals who are setting themselves apart from the crowd,” said Carmen Rustenbeck, IBPSA’s founder and CEO. “Pet owners should have a gold standard to look to when choosing a pet care provider and K9 Resorts is helping set that standard.”

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With pet professionals from around the world in attendance, the award was announced during a special evening presentation at the Seventh Annual IBPSA Pet Care Services Conference & Trade Show on Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in California. The 2019 award recipients were determined based on a nomination and independent selection committee process.

“As we approach our 15th anniversary, we are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Steven Parker, co-CEO of K9 Resorts, who founded the company with his brother Jason in 2005. “We’ve always believed that a world-class dog resort needs to combine state-of-the-art facilities with the very best training and staff. That’s what we’ve done at K9 Resorts, and this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our franchise owners and staff.”

K9 Resorts, which has 10 resorts in operation and 29 additional locations in development, in ten states, has been named the best pet service in New Jersey by a number of publications, including New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Monmouth Health & Life Magazine and Suburban Essex.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Steven and Jason Parker since they hosted their first grand opening,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. “They’ve been leaders in the Fanwood community ever since, donating to a variety of local charities and supporting community initiatives, and they have been recognized for years as New Jersey’s top pet resort. Our Fanwood family couldn’t be more proud of K9 for reaching the world stage with this international recognition.” is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.