National pet shop, Pets at Home is launching new community food donation points at a number of stores across the UK to help support pets and owners as the cost of living continues to rise.
The Pets at Home store in Swansea is one of six initial trial stores to offer community collection points for those wishing to donate pet food to pet owners in need.
In partnership with national pet charity Blue Cross, Pets at Home is soliciting donations of food for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, as well as food for small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Donations will then be collected and distributed by Blue Cross to local food banks.
The new initiative marks Pets at Home’s decade-long partnership with Blue Cross, which has seen the charity receive £471,703 under the retailer’s VIP Lifelines scheme.
Pets at Home plans to expand the donation service to even more stores later this year and will keep it running for as long as needed.
Lyssa McGowan, CEO of Pets at Home, said: “As the UK continues to experience a rapid rise in the cost of living, we know pet owners will do all they can to ensure their pets don’t miss out, but we also understand that some homeowners will be faced with tough choices as their finances become strained.
“Blue Cross and Pets at Home believe that no one should have to struggle to feed their beloved pets, which is why we’re joining forces to offer this community giving service – for s to ensure no animal goes hungry and to help keep them home where they belong, with their families.
Andy Watts, store manager of Pets at Home Swansea, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first stores in the UK to launch Customer Donation Points. I look forward to spreading the word about the local causes we will support, and I know our customers will give their all.
Chris Burghes, Managing Director of Blue Cross, said: “Pets are part of the family and we are truly proud to have partnered with Pets at Home on this program to positively impact the local Swansea community.
“By partnering with Pets at Home, we hope we can reach as many pet owners in need as possible across the UK and keep families and their companions together.”