Christmas Bowls appeal: how to donate food to dogs in need while feeding yours

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Christmas bowl appeal

Pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition is launching its Christmas Bowls appeal in a bid to “help feed pets in need throughout the holiday season”.

Burns will be partnering with pet charities Refuge4Pets, Dogs on the Street and Street Paws, to ensure vulnerable animals won’t go hungry over the Christmas period. Until 12 December, Burns have pledged to donate 2kg of their pet food for all customers spending £50 and over.

Refuge4Pets
Animals are often the silent victims of domestic violence and abuse, used as part of the pattern of coercion and control. Along with their families, animals are also often threatened, yelled at, beaten, kicked and, in some cases, killed. Refuge4Pets provides a pet fostering service across Devon and Cornwall to survivors of domestic abuse so that they can leave with their much-loved pets.

Often individuals and families escaping violent and abusive relationships are unable to take their animals with them, as the refuge or temporary accommodation does not allow pets. In many cases, this will stop people from leaving.

economic abuse victims with dogsDogs on the Streets
Dogs on the Streets supports our vulnerable communities of rough sleepers, mental health, poverty, addiction and domestic violence cases with pet dogs. The charity can provide immediate fostering and free vet care for their dogs, and guidance and referrals to service pathways to support them.

They have a 4-acre sanctuary to provide a quick haven for the dogs of owners who are experiencing a vulnerable need of support and even hospitalisation knowing they are safe and being given the best, round the clock care until they are ready to be reunited. They also operate street ran stations across the UK providing free vet care and dog essentials.

Street Paws
Street Paws supports homeless people and their pets across the UK with the provision of free veterinary care and support services. They provide vet outreach, emergency kennel space and Dog Champion Scheme. The bond between a homeless person and their pet is well documented yet as less than 10% of accommodation accept pets. This leaves the homeless dog owner at a real disadvantage, with many being asked to give up their pets to access accommodation.

Through the Dog Champion scheme the charity support hostels and temporary accommodation to welcome pets by providing staff training and support, canine first aid training, pet policies and owner agreements and full vet support.

Dog lovers can also support Street Paws charity by buying the I Believe In Santa Paws Box on their website. Each box contains a handmade Derpy Dog collar, a 50g pot of Street Paws Paw and Nose Balm, a Street Paws printed dog treat bag, and a bag of Brewskis Biscuits. For every gift box sold a £15 welcome pack containing a collar, bowl and other goodies goes to a homeless person and their pet.

John Burns, Founder of Burns Pet Nutrition, said, “We think every dog deserves a full tummy, which is why we’re donating a 2kg of nutritious and tasty Burns Pet food with every £50 and over spent to help pets in need this Christmas.

“We’re asking our customers to help us make sure no pet goes hungry this festive period.”

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