The past year has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of pet owners. With more people at home than ever before, the desire for a companion has peaked with more than two million dogs purchased between March and September.
However, with millions of additional cats and dogs to be fed in UK homes, the demand for pet food has increased dramatically.
Bradford-based Morrisons will set aside half a million meals in a bid to support local animal shelters and ensure no four-legged friends are left behind. Its network of ‘community champions’ will work closely with their local shelters to distribute meals across the UK.
Many animal shelters are struggling due to lack of funding and the economic fallout from Covid-19. As hope for summer and a return to normal grows, animal shelters face the risk that more pets will need to be relocated as their owners can no longer meet their needs.
Faye Atkins, pet food buyer at Morrisons, said: âThroughout the pandemic we have been focused on feeding the nation, so it felt right to support the pets that might not have found their forever home yet.
“We hope this donation will go some way to support the many shelters that are doing a fantastic job of caring for some of our most vulnerable animals.”
Earlier this week, Morrisons announced that it is working closely with its pet food suppliers as they invest in increasing their capacity. While there isn’t 100% full availability in stores, he said there is plenty of stock for all of his customers and their new pets.