The natural pet food company will support the Street Paws Dogs Champions Scheme, which aims to tackle the issues around the lack of pet friendly accommodation for those struggling with homelessness and help prevent situations where rough sleepers have to “choose between a safe bed for the night and leaving their canine companions behind”.
The Dogs Champion Scheme funds purpose-built dog kennels on site at hostels and work with accommodation and hostel providers to bring dogs into accommodation with their owners.
The scheme also provides pet support for hostels, including dog behaviour training, kennels in situations where dogs are not allowed inside and pet basics such as food, bedding, leads, collars and dog tags, as well as full veterinary support from Street Paws vet volunteers.
However, Street Paws has experienced an increase in calls for support for people who are now homeless or facing homelessness with pets amid the pandemic. The charity’s fundraising has also been “severely” disrupted with many of its events cancelled.
Burns is a long standing supporter of the charity and has now announced it will help Street Paws feed 50 homeless dogs per month via the scheme in 2021 with its Sensitive Chicken and Wholegrain Maize dog food range.
Speaking about the new partnership with Street Paws in 2021, founder John Burns, said: “The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on charities across the UK.
“Street Paws provides a service and support that is more vital than ever for both people and pets at this most difficult of times and we’re pleased to be able to support the Dogs Champion Scheme and help ensure more dogs in need are fed this year.”
Michelle Southern, founder and director of Street Paws, said: “Many people and their dogs rely on the generosity of the public for donations and with lockdown restrictions continuing, this has a major impact, leaving pets and people hungry.
“This donation from Burns will make a real difference at a time when our charity’s budgets are more stretched than ever. We know we will be able to provide dogs with high quality, regular meals and take that burden and worry from their owners too.”