Holly Cathcart and her staff at Bosley’s will celebrate an eventful first year in business this weekend.
“I can’t believe it’s a year already,” says Cathcart, who left her job as a medical lab technician at West Coast General Hospital to open Bosley’s pet supply store in Pacific Rim Shopping Centre.
“I would never have been able to be this successful without my staff,” Cathcart said.
Cathcart and her partner, Garth Hamilton, had just bought the Brick and were thinking of another business to build in Port Alberni. Cathcart, a dog owner, was a frequent customer at Bosley’s in Victoria and at the time she felt there was a need for a similar store in Port Alberni.
Since they opened, Bosley’s has raised $15,000 for various animal-related charities. “The generosity of our customers is amazing,” she says. Groups that have benefited include the SPCA, Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) for West Coast programs, Qualicum Cat Rescue, and CARE Network.
On Saturday, Sept. 21 the birthday bash begins with raffles and a cupcake fundraiser on behalf of Qualicum Cat Rescue, and continues with an SPCA hotdog sale, and small petting zoo.