Pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition is set to improve the health and well-being of UK and Ireland rescue animals by providing pet food and donations to animal charities across the country.

The family-run firm, which already regularly donates its specialist line of natural pet food to more than 40 rescue centres across the UK, has announced that it will this year offer vital support to three chosen charities as part of its ongoing Charity of the Year Programme.

Blue Cross, Yorkshire Cat Rescue and the GSPCA have all been selected by Burns to receive a year’s worth of financial assistance and food amounting to more than £100,000 in value.

The three charities were chosen following an application and interview process which saw more than 25 animal welfare organisations apply. The collaboration marks the fourth consecutive year that Burns has run its Charity of the Year Programme as part of an ongoing initiative to give back to the community.

Burns owner, philanthropist and veterinary surgeon, John Burns, who hit the headlines last year after donating £1m to charity to mark the company’s 25th anniversary said: “I have decided that Burns should be a force for good. I want the company to not only be known for our natural pet food, but also for establishing and maintaining a legacy of good causes in the community.”

Yorkshire Cat Rescue finds homes for unwanted cats in the region and cares for around 90 animals per night. Burns’ support will help to provide around 2,000 meals for cats in January alone. 

Yorkshire Cat Rescue founder Sara Atkinson said, “We are pleased and proud to have been chosen to work alongside Burns in 2019. It’s refreshing to see a pet food company recognising the work that regional charities do and offering its support by sponsoring our adoption and resident cats.”

In addition to its Charity of the Year Programme, Burns runs a number of grassroots projects including The Better Tomorrow Programme, which aims to engage and help young people to develop valuable life skills, and The Burns by Your Side reading to dogs’ programme, designed to help children struggling with literacy and communication. The company takes a proactive approach to giving back and has 10 full-time members of staff working in its community department.