KIDWELLY, SOUTH WALES — Natural pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition announced that Makants Greyhound Rescue NW has won the Burns Charity of the Year Award. Makants was chosen among six nominated charities.

Established in 2015, Burns Pet Nutrition’s Charity of the Year Award strives to recognize outstanding achievements from animal welfare organizations throughout the United Kingdom.

Located in Tyldesley, United Kingdom, Makants rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes retired and injured greyhounds. The charity is completely independent and self-funded, receiving support from a team of volunteers who help foster and care for greyhounds, as well as raise funds. Makants also supports families who have recently adopted greyhounds, offering people help and advice on greyhound care.

Makants also takes greyhounds for visits to care homes for elderly people, schools and youth groups to raise awareness and promote adoption. According to Burns Pet Nutrition, Makants greyhound care efforts have led the charity to become well-respected in its local community.

“Myself and the Burns Pet Nutrition team are extremely passionate about supporting and giving back to the community in any way, shape or form possible, and the same goes for charities in need of the support they aren’t currently receiving,” said John Burns, founder of Burns Pet Nutrition. “We are looking forward to working with Makants Greyhound Rescue throughout 2022 and, hopefully, they will feel the benefit of the support Burns Pet Nutrition can offer.”

As part of the prize, Makants will receive support from Burns Pet Nutrition, including pet food and feeding assistance for one year. The pet food company will also support Makants’ staff training and dog training needs, as well as provide all the food included in Makants’ rehoming packs. Burns Pet Nutrition will also provide promotional opportunities for Makants.

“Being awarded the Burns Charity of the Year Award for outstanding achievement is a great honor,” said Siobhan Hoppley, founder of Makants. “To be recognized for the work we do, and to have a supportive partnership with a company such as Burns Pet Nutrition, can only be hugely beneficial. Having all our feeding needs met for a year is especially very welcome in these economically challenging times.

“We will be secure in the knowledge that our greyhounds, being fed on Burns products, will thrive in our care before ultimately finding their forever homes,” Hoppley added. “We very much look forward to working with Burns Pet Nutrition over the coming year and, with their support, we believe we can help even more greyhounds into homes.”

Burns Pet Nutrition’s Charity of the Year Award is just one of the initiatives the company has established to support local animal welfare groups. The company currently provides long-term support to more than 30 charities, and often contributes single donations throughout the year. It also operates its own in-house charity, called The John Burns Foundation, which runs community initiatives, including one that helps local children improve their literacy and communication skills with the aid of reading dogs.

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