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Burns Pet Charity of the Year

We’re delighted to announce our Burns Pet Charity of the Year award! 

Each year we offer two outstanding animal welfare charities a bespoke annual package of financial assistance, joint fundraising and promotional activity.

We're delighted to announce that the chosen charities of the year for 2016/17 are National Animal Welfare Trust and Appaws for Autism.

National Animal Welfare Trust

Operating five rescue and re-homing centres across the South of England, National Animal Welfare Trust is one of the UK's biggest animal welfare charities. 

Burns will work closely with NAWT over the next year, providing an annual supply of food for the cats and dogs cared for at NAWT. Both Burns and NAWT will work together on fundraising and promotional projects throughout the year.

NAWT's CEO Clare Williams said, "We are absolutely thrilled with the announcement. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been selected as Burns Charity of the Year and are very excited about working with the whole team."

Appaws for Autism

Appaws for Autism is the only facility in Scotland to provide therapy dog assistance to people with an autism disorder. The charity works with partner organisations to re-home animals who have the potential to become theraputic pets and also provides autism specific training to dogs. An autism specific assistance dog can increase social interaction, and confidence and also protect in times of anxiety and stress. 

Burns will work closely with Appaws for Autism over the next 12 months, providing partial funding for the training of 4 autism assistance dogs and full funding to 1 autism assistance dog, plus all pet food. Burns and Appaws for Autism will also collaborate on joint fundraising and promotional opportunities throughout the year.

Commenting on the partnership, Appaws for Autism CEO Carol Chisholm said "We were all astounded and delighted to be chosen to be Burns Charity of the Year in Scotland.  We are extremely proud to be working with all the team at Burns and we are looking forward to the next year immensely. This award is very special to us all as it means we are doing what we set out to do for autism, our families and our dogs."

Applications for 2018

Applications for our 2018 partnership are now being accepted, so we’re looking for charities that:

• Focus on the welfare of pets
• Support and/or train assistance or therapy pets
or
• Educate the public about pets.

The charity must be based in the UK and registered with the Charity Commission to be eligible.

Interested charities can apply directly here.

Good luck to all our entrants – with so many incredible charities out there, we’re going to have a very tough time picking a winner!