Border rescues will share in more than $62,000 worth of pet food, to help feed hungry cats and dogs while they search for their forever homes.
Mars Petcare, based in Wodonga, donated more than $1.3 million to Petcare member groups.
Vice president of Albury-Wodonga Animal Rescue and coordinator of Albury Cat Rescue Rae Smith said the donation meant more money could be spent caring for animals and on veterinary treatments.
“It makes a world of difference,” she said.
“It’s like gold nuggets falling from heaven.
“Adoption fees mostly cover vet bills but if we have to buy food there’s a big gap left.
“Without donations we wouldn’t be able to rescue as many animals, it’s as simple as that, because money would be spent on other things.”
Across the Border region, about 245 pets are being fostered or cared for by rescues.
Mars Petcare Australia said the donation was a part of their mission to end pet homelessness.
Rescues who are a part of PetRescue can apply to receive part of the donation.