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Burns Pet Charity of the Year

We’re delighted to announce our Burns Pet Charity of the Year award! 
This year we are supporting three outstanding animal welfare charities with an annual package of free food and financial assistance. Throughout the year we'll also be working on joint fundraising activities to help these incredible organisations get the help and support they need, when they really need it..
We're delighted to announce that the chosen charities of the year for 2018 are Forever Hounds Trust, Dogs for the Disabled and UK German Shepherd Rescue. Find out about this year's chosen ones below:

Forever Hounds Trust


Forever Hounds Trust works tirelessly for the welfare and rescue of greyhounds, lurchers, whippets and other sighthounds; their vision is a day when all of these dogs are free from risk or need.

Founded in 1996 as Greyhound Rescue West of England, they have found loving forever homes for over 9,000 dogs across the country over the last 21 years. These wonderful hounds desperately need help, often having been abandoned, taken to dog pounds, or in the cases of racing greyhounds, retired from the tracks. Forever Hounds Trust is independent of the greyhound racing industry, and entirely reliant on fundraising and donations to cover the substantial costs of caring for and homing dogs.  

Dogs for the Disabled


Founded in 1997, Dogs for the Disabled is a unique charity which exists to improve the lives of children and adults living with physical disabilities in Ireland.

Their assistance dogs are specifically trained to assist disabled adults and children so that they can achieve greater independence. Dogs are trained up to help those with disabilities walk, they can also retrieve items, open doors, and in special cases, unload the washing machine. 

UK German Shepherd Rescue


UK German Shepherd Rescue is committed to the welfare of German Shepherd dogs throughout the UK.

The charity operates kennels in Wales, Kent, Warwickshire, Derby and Lancashire and can have around 60 dogs and puppies in their care at one given time. The charity operates a strict no kill policy and dogs that cannot be rehomed live out their days in loving foster homes.

What our previous Charities of the Year say:

“NAWT has really enjoyed the opportunity to be one of Burns’ Charities of the Year. Aside from the very obvious financial benefit of Burns feeding our dogs and cats for a year, our animals have done well on their food and the Burns Pet Nutrition Advice Line has provided excellent advice throughout our partnership.

“Being a charity partner with Burns has meant so much more. We’ve enjoyed working on all sorts of activities together such as webinars, Facebook events and attendance at various open days. Thank you to Burns for choosing us.” 

Clare Williams, Chief Executive of National Animal Welfare Trust.

“During the year we enjoyed several events along with Burns, at Burnsfest in Ayr, Fresh Air Festival in Dunfermline, Dogs’ Day Out at Glamis Castle, and also a much loved trip down to Kidwelly to see how Burns keep the company running and finely tuned.

 Being one of Burns’ Charities of the Year has been beyond expression. We thought ourselves extremely lucky to have been chosen and we are very grateful to Burns Pet Nutrition, Burns in the Community, John Burns and Carol Lincoln for their support throughout the year as well as their friendship."

Carol Chisholm, Founder of Appaws for Autism.

Past Charities of the Year:


  • The National Animal Welfare Trust

  • Appaws for Autism


  • Support Dogs

In addition to our Charity of the Year programme, we also choose to support a huge range of rescue centres and animal welfare organisations with regular food donations. For more information, visit our Sponsorship page.

Applications for 2019

Sorry, applications for 2019 are now closed.