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In a world that is becoming increasingly diverse, where love comes in countless forms, it’s essential to learn from those who embrace acceptance unconditionally. Surprisingly, we can find valuable lessons on this subject in the wagging tails and wet snoots of our canine companions.
While progress has undoubtedly been made over the years for the LGBTQ+ community, challenges still persist as discrimination and prejudice continue to affect members of the community. To overcome these barriers, our four-legged family members may just be the answer to helping educate about Pride, love and acceptance.
Dogs, much like humans, come in all shapes, sizes, colours and breeds – yet, despite their differences, dogs don’t judge one another based on their appearances or backgrounds. They approach each interaction with curiosity, a wagging tail, and an open heart, ready to forge new connections.
Similarly, dogs don’t care what clothes we wear, how we look, who we love, or any other label society may impose – our pets will cherish us regardless, having been blessed with the innate ability to see beyond superficial differences.
As a longstanding ally to the communities, Lily’s Kitchen has released a Limited-Edition wet food for dogs in honour of Pride Month this June. Created in partnership with LGBTQ+ charity, MindOut, Lily’s Kitchen will be donating 100% of profits from their Love & Pride recipes to the UK-based mental health service, which is run by and for the LGBTQ+ communities.
Often, members of the LGBTQ+ communities do not get the adequate support needed for their mental health from mainstream services, especially when dealing with discrimination, exclusion and minority stress. MindOut are working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ communities and make their mental health a community-wide concern.
The limited edition recipe is a beef supper base packed full of freshly prepared, proper meat, including 60 per cent beef, alongside vibrant vegetables like carrots, apples and green beans. Nutritionally complete, the grain-free recipe also contains potatoes, broccoli and herbs as well as all the essential vitamins and minerals your pooch needs.
We’ve long been fans of Lily’s Kitchen’s wet food tins – in fact, a review of their recipes was one of our first ever blog posts on Lady and The Scamps nearly three years ago. Phoebe and Frank love to top their kibble with their wet food because it’s so full of flavour, and this Love and Pride recipe is certainly no different.
We love that these tins are easy to store, keep well with a can cover, and can last Phoebe and Frank two to three days. It’s almost like a pate, and you can visibly see the rainbow of veggies inside, so you know that it’s full of goodness, too.
Each 400g tin costs £3.70, and is available to buy at Lily’s Kitchen, Pets at Home, Ocado and independent stockists, where 100 per cent of profits from sales will go to MindOut, up to a total donation of £26,000. You can find out more about Lily’s Kitchen’s ally efforts and what these donations go on to fund here.
Samantha Crossley, Marketing Director at Lily’s Kitchen, said: “Pets love us for who we are, wholeheartedly. We recognise our wonderfully diverse community and believe that all differences should be celebrated. In the same way a pet loves their owner without prejudice, but with pride, we want to share this message of limitless love, and support a cause close to our hearts. That’s why we’ve launched our Limited-Edition Love & Pride recipes for dogs and cats and are donating 100% of profits to MindOut to help support LGBTQ+ communities this Pride and beyond.”
Determined to use business as a force for good, it’s not the first time Lily’s Kitchen have launched charity recipes. The B Corp brand has an ongoing partnership in place with Dogs Trust where they have donated more than 2,195,810 meals to cats and dogs in need since 2019 through launches like the 2022 Christmas range.
So this June, think about ‘being more dog’ in fostering compassion and understanding as we strive to encourage an inclusive and accepting environment for us all to thrive and be our true authentic selves – so we can be who we are around our dogs, without judgement.
You can purchase the Lily’s Kitchen Love and Pride recipe here.