Metro Vancouver teen places love of canines to work with startup enterprise

Coquitlam-based teen Sepehr (Nili) Nilizadeh based Careme to present again to canines in Iran.

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Sepehr (Nili) Nilizadeh has at all times beloved canines.

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Although he’s by no means had a canine companion to name his personal, the Coquitlam-based teen admits he has lengthy had a tender spot for the actual sort of furry pals.

“I actually like canines,” Nili says. “And I need to get a canine at some point.”

That predilection for pups made it notably arduous for the now-15-year-old rising up in his house nation of Iran, the place Nili recollects canines not being universally welcomed as on a regular basis family pets.

“In Iran, it’s probably not widespread to personal a canine,” Nili shares. “And it’s truly unlawful to take your canine out for walks or for enjoyable normally, which resulted in lots of, many homeless canines within the metropolis, lots of that are getting harassed by individuals or getting hit by automobiles.”

In 2019, a judiciary ban was put in place within the nation to cease the strolling of canines in public. The overarching discouragement of canine possession, in keeping with a New York Occasions article from 2019, has spiritual hyperlinks — in Islam, canines are seen as ritually impure — together with the federal government’s need to restrict Western way of life influences.

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That debate over canine possession within the nation has led to many canines dwelling on the streets, in keeping with Nili, with shelters overrun with animals. A 2020 article within the New York Submit chronicled how one shelter in Kerman, Iran. sees greater than 2,000 canines in want of care every day.

“I noticed that they have been getting harassed and it was not enjoyable to observe. It was actually unhappy,” he recollects. “And on the similar time, there are some canine shelters who’re attempting to alter this by giving these canines shelter or meals.

“However sadly, they usually don’t have funds to broaden their operation.”

After immigrating to Canada in 2017 along with his dad and mom and youthful sister, Nili knew he wished to discover a approach to give again to the canines of Iran. In January 2021, the Pinetree Secondary Grade 10 scholar began Careme, a subscription field service that gives treats and toys for canines.

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“There are such a lot of canines there that need assistance. I wished to do one thing about it,” Nili says for the motivation behind the startup. “And at last, a 12 months in the past, I got here throughout this factor known as canine subscription containers. And it appeared like a very good alternative to begin a enterprise and donate a share of its income to homeless animals in creating nations.”

Sepehr Nilizadeh started a subscription box service that offers treats and toys for dogs.
Sepehr Nilizadeh began a subscription field service that gives treats and toys for canines. Photograph by Francis Georgian /PNG

Providing single buy and subscription canine containers, Careme donates 15 per cent of every sale to shelters in Iran like Vafa, a non-profit non authorities group that operates two shelters in Hashtgerd and Qazvin.

Final summer time, Careme provided a field that noticed all income donated to canine shelters in Iran, he says. It’s a bigger donation push he’s happy with, and one which he plans to do once more, noting how the alternate charge from Canadian to Iranian forex is useful for making a better affect.

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“It’s some huge cash. I may also help a number of canines,” Nili says.

Nili handpacks the containers, selecting treats and toys primarily based on solutions to a personalized on-line questionnaire that identifies canine age, gender, chew choice, allergy symptoms and extra.

“All of our containers are personalized to their canine’s liking,” Nili says. “You possibly can count on to get treats, toys and equipment. Whenever you fill out our kind, it asks you what number of treats and toys you wish to obtain in every field. The entire toys and treats are made within the U.S. or Canada.”

Single-purchase containers vary in worth from $55 to $62, with subscription containers beginning at $48.99. Accessible on the Careme web site,, Nili has additionally expanded the enterprise to incorporate Etsy and Amazon. The teenager entrepreneur picks and packs the merchandise, organizes the mailing, handles the model’s social media and oversees the Careme customer support — with just a little assist from his dad and mom too.

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“It’s me. And my dad and mom serving to me,” he admits. “They provided me with funds and serving to me pack the containers.”

Whereas his dad and mom are glad to assist along with his startup, Nili admits his inspiration and chosen philanthropy goal did at first give them pause.

“They’re truly stunned,” he admits with amusing of when he first instructed his dad and mom he wished to dedicate Careme to canines.

At present boasting round 100 subscribers in North America, Nili’s ambition is to develop that quantity within the coming 12 months — with a good grander objective set for the long-term.

“My objective proper now’s getting subscribers and hopefully, at some point, opening my very own (canine) shelter in Iran,” he says.

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