Animal rescues

Cork woman supporting Irish animal rescues ‘delighted’ to be nominated for charity of the year

A local Cork animal charity is the only organization in Munster to be shortlisted for ‘Charity of the Year’.

Cork wife Rose Burns runs Bear’s Paw it Forward, an organization that supports animal shelters across the country and supports the homeless with pets.

The two-in-one charity is based in Turner’s Cross and is the first of its kind in Ireland.

Bear’s Paw it Forward aims to alleviate the suffering of animals by supporting animal shelters across Ireland and helping homelessness organisations.

She also provides various care packages for pets that may need “a little more TLC.”



Food provided by the charity to animal rescues and support across Ireland.

The charity was founded in late 2017 by CEO Rose Burns, who says she is “employed” by her two beloved rescue dogs, Bear and Bonnie, to ensure everything is organized and dispatched on time.

“Bours is our one in a million, said Rose, “he’s the boss,

“It’s his charity.”



Bonnie and Bear rescue dogs, owned by CEO, Rose Burn
Bonnie and Bear rescue dogs, owned by CEO, Rose Burn

The local charity supports various organizations including the West Cork Animal Welfare Group, Cork Cat Action Trust, Rehoming Cork’s Pets and Bat Rehabilitation Ireland, which looks after bats, owls, rabbits and cats. falcons all over the country.

The organization receives no government funding or grants and is funded entirely by public generosity, which Rose says can be very difficult at times.

“It’s not always easy, but we’re getting through it and we’re very focused on the future,” she said.

Donations to the charity are split among other organizations that provide practical care and support for pets and their owners.



Care packages provided by the animal charity need "a little more TLC."
Care packages provided by the animal charity need “a little more TLC”.

Speaking about his shortlist, Rose said: “We are absolutely delighted,

“The act alone is so powerful as a small local charity. It would be amazing if we were to win.”

The award, which is managed by Burn’s Pet Nutrition, recognizes the outstanding work of animal welfare organizations in the UK and Ireland.

The winner of the prize will be announced at the end of the month and will receive a donation of pet food, promotional opportunities, as well as financial assistance in some cases.