Hertfordshire based pet food brands, Barking Heads & Meowing Heads, are donating over 75,000 meals of their dog and cat food to a number of animal charities across the UK. They hope to not only feed hungry hounds, but also to raise awareness on the plight of dogs abandoned early in the year: Christmas 'leftovers' who are dumped in shelters or in the streets as soon as their novelty as a Christmas gift wears off, leaving charities scrambling to pick up the pieces year after year.
Amanda Broome, one of the volunteers for the Hemel Hempstead & Berkhamsted branch of Cats Protection, which received a food donation, said, “January and February are the worst months for rescue centres; we call it the ‘Christmas throw-out’ as many people that aren’t used to the hard work involved in caring for cats or kittens make the difficult decision to give them away. At the moment we have 31 cats in our care, but we have a long list of more waiting to be taken in”.
Paul Hunter, co-founder of Barking Heads, said, “After organising a series of charity giveaways in December, the incredible response compelled us to continue our charitable work into 2017, especially as we learned more about the increases in abandoned pets post-Christmas. We hope our efforts will shed light on this phenomenon, encouraging others to donate and also think carefully about welcoming a pet into their lives.”
The Appledown Animal Rescue in Eaton Bray is another rescue Barking Heads donated to, and has been taking in stray dogs for over 18 years. Barking Heads & Meowing Heads are now asking the public to nominate charities on social media for their final two deliveries. For the two selected charities, they will then donate one meal for every ‘Like’ received on special Facebook posts next week.
You can nominate a charity on the company's Facebook page, or by tweeting them at @BarkingHeads or @MeowingHeads.
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