Both charities have been selected to receive a year’s worth of financial assistance and food worth over £50k from the pet food manufacturer.
This will be the fifth consecutive year that Burns has run its ‘Charity of the Year’ programme as part of its ongoing initiative to give back to charity. The two charities were chosen after an application and interview process.
The Bedlington Terrier Rescue Foundation was founded in 1976, to help rescue and rehome Bedlington Terriers and their cross breeds throughout the UK. The foundation houses all rescues with foster carers, rather than using rescue kennels.
Burns will now provide funding for its foster carer training scheme, a programme that allows foster carers to work with appointed behaviourists in order to prepare the foster dogs for their rehoming.
West Cork Animal Welfare was established in 1999 to help unwanted, abandoned and abused animals in West Cork. Burns Pet Nutrition will now provide them with funding to purchase “much needed” items for the rescue centre.
Business owner and veterinary surgeon, John Burns, said: “We are in a very fortunate position that, as a company, we are able to support causes in the community as well as deserving charities. I have decided that Burns should be a force for good.”
Frances Fuller, director of Bedlington Terrier Rescue Foundation, said: “We’re really happy to be working again with Burns on this exciting project. They helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary at Discover Dogs 2016.
“It’s great that they are as enthusiastic for our training scheme as we are and we’re looking forward to now making this happen thanks to their generous support.”
Jennifer Headlam from West Cork Animal Welfare said: “We are absolutely delighted and thankful, for all the dogs, cats and kittens in our care, to have been chosen as the Burns Charity of the Year.
“We all know what incredible quality Burns food is and the benefits it will give the animals is our care, from tiny pups and kittens to older frail dogs. It is a massive boost to the West Cork Animal Welfare Group team and an honour to be the winners.”