Pet food is now being introduced in more food bank parcels across Swansea, thanks to donations from manufacturers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Swansea Council revealed it had received pet food donations from Pet Nutrition, Cambrian Pet Foods, Pets Choice and Pet Superstore Swansea, which included almost 4,000 tins of dog food, 25 cases of treats and 8,000 items of cat food.
The council is supporting the community food banks with essential supplies to ensure they are able to cope with the increased demand, and has set up four food distribution sites in community centres.
Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “The addition of the pet food to food bank supplies is helping many pet-owning families looking to get through this crisis.
“On behalf of the council, I thank the businesses that have donated to this initiative and the council officers who have made it happen – they’re all here for Swansea at this difficult time.”
A spokesperson for Kidwelly-based natural pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition said: “We’re passionate about supporting people and their pets and want to do everything we possibly can to help the community during this difficult time. We’re pleased to be supporting such a brilliant initiative.”
Julie Butcher, marketing director of Pets Choice, added: “It’s our pleasure to support people in need with a donation for their pets at such a challenging time. We hope our large donation of food items and treats for cats and dogs helps to make life a little easier for pets and their owners in Swansea.”