The RSPCA has expanded its food bank partnership to cover Cheshire and Merseyside.
Last November, Deputy Chief Inspector Alison Fletcher, who works in Lancashire, decided to link up with Trussell Trust food banks in the area to provide them with pet food for owners who were struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
Starting with five areas across Lancashire, the scheme has now been rolled out across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, meaning it covers nearly all of the North West.
As well as providing pet food, the RSPCA inspectors can also refer those who are struggling to the food bank so they can get food for themselves and any extra support they may need.
The pet food has been donated by members of the public through the charity’s branches to feed the animals in its care and any leftovers have been donated to the foodbank project.