Pet Food Maker To The Rescue

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Pet food maker to the rescue
5th November 2018

By Karen Pickwick

Burns Pet Nutrition is on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of rescue pets across the UK.

The family-run business already donates its specialist line of natural pet food to more than 40 rescue centres across the UK, including Greenacres Animal Rescue Centre, in Pembrokeshire.

Now, Burns is piloting an obedience training project at Greenacres, designed to help the rescue centre’s long-term dog residents learn basic skills, such as sitting, standing and recall, to give them a better chance of being re-homed. The five-week training course is currently in progress and, as part of the process, dogs will also practise getting used to a car environment ready for the journey to their new home.

Katie Gardener and Natasha Rudge, who work in the community department at Burns, are leading on the training. Both have completed a number of dog training courses including IMDT, which champions force-free dog training through positive reinforcement, and the pair are working towards full accreditation.

FAMILY LIFE

Sarah Ellis, who heads up dog training at Burns and is overseeing the project, said: “We are giving dogs the basic skills needed to adapt to family life, thus improving their chances of being rehomed. It’s so rewarding to see the dogs progress week on week and engage with the training. Hopefully with this extra boost they will get a second chance at happiness in a loving, family home.”

Greenacres Rescue Centre has been running since 2008 and has rehomed more than 10,000 animals in the last decade.

Commenting on the difference Burns’ training and ongoing food donations has made, Mikey Lawlor, Green Acres Animal Rescue manager, said: “The help and support is immeasurable. Having a food sponsor has meant that all of our animals are fed an excellent quality food constantly, which has been obvious in their condition and behaviour. We cannot imagine going back to the old way of feeding. Burns has helped in other ways financially with appeals, even adopting a Kunekune pig called Faith.

AMAZING

“More recently, Burns has helped our rescue dogs by conducting staff and dog training with the trainers from the Burns by Your Side reading to dogs scheme – it’s all been simply amazing. We are eternally grateful and hope to continue to work together in the future.”

South Wales-based Burns recently revealed a £1m charity donation to mark its 25th anniversary. The pet food maker has its own in-house charity, The Burns Pet Nutrition Foundation, and owner John Burns wants to develop the charity further over the coming years.

He said: “I have decided that the company should be a force for good. I want Burns to not only be known for natural pet food, but also for establishing and maintaining a legacy of good causes in the community.”