Champion Petfoods Helps Wildfire Victims
Champion Petfoods donated food to help pets displaced by the Manitoba wildfires in Canada. The company provided 12,000 kilograms of dog and cat food – enough for 75,000 meals. Champion’s shipment of its ORIJEN and ACANA was given to Norway House Animal Rescue in Winnipeg, Canada.
“When we heard about the dogs and cats separated from their families due to these devastating fires, our entire team was heartbroken,” said Frank Burdzy, Champion Petfoods president and CEO. “At Champion, we’re all passionate pet lovers, so we knew we had to help. Our hearts go out to the Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations, and we want to thank Norway House Animal Rescue for its tremendous work bringing pet food to dogs and cats in need."
The Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations are small communities in Manitoba, northeast from Winnipeg. With the help of the Red Cross, Indigenous Services Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces, the community was evacuated in late May after a fire about 20,000 hectares large – almost half the size of Winnipeg – approached.
“We’ve hit a crisis point, but a donation as big as this will take off the pressure of finding food for these pets,” said Debra Vandekerkhove, director of Norway House. “Now we can focus on getting into these communities to help the dogs and cats. We’re getting pleas for help from people showing us photos of their pets and asking if they’re all right – now, we can feed these pets and take photos back to their families, and say, ‘Here’s your dog – he’s OK.’ There’s no better feeling in the world than knowing we’re saving lives.”
Norway House is accepting donations of pet food, as well as dishes and bowls for the food. You can donate to Norway House through its Facebook page.