The State Government today announced $200,000 a year for the next four years to support animal rescue groups and shelters that each year save hundreds of unwanted and neglected cats and dogs.
Premier Colin Barnett said the funding was part of the Liberal-National Government’s ongoing commitment to animal welfare.
Mr Barnett said the funding would help encourage responsible pet ownership and, for the first time, assist shelters that rescued and cared for abandoned animals in and near Perth.
"This is a critical time of the year with many animal shelters under strain and at full capacity,” he said.
“Since 2008, the Cat Haven in Perth has rehoused more than 4,000 cats while in 2011 alone, the Dogs Refuge found homes for 880 dogs.
"Some people have to relinquish pets because of situations outside of their control. However, many animals are neglected because they have resulted from poor buying decisions.
“While this funding will help ease some of the financial burden placed on our animal shelters, I urge people not to give pets as presents this Christmas to help lessen the number of abandoned animals in Western Australia.”
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said animal shelters also played an important role in educating the general public about pet responsibility.
"Many of the people within our community provide a valuable service in caring for pets as volunteers and they must be congratulated for the important role they play,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Animal shelters currently have places for 317 cats and 370 dogs with many more being cared for in private foster homes.
“This funding will assist these organisations with their running costs during the next four years.”
Funding will be provided to the following animal shelters:
Cat Haven, Shenton Park - $75,000 per year
Dogs’ Refuge Home, Shenton Park - $75,000 per year
Animal Protection Society, Southern River - $12,500 per year
Swan Animal Haven, South Guildford - $12,500 per year
K9 Rescue Group, Nambeelup - $12,500 per year
SAFE Animal Shelters - $12,500 per year (across metropolitan and regional areas)
The Liberal-National Government this year passed the State’s first Cat Act to encourage responsible cat ownership
$3.4million has been provided to assist with implementation costs
Government this year also introduced a Bill to enhance responsible dog ownership and increase community safety
In 2011, the Liberal-National Government increased its annual funding of the RSPCA by $250,000, taking the total to $500,000 a year
Premier’s office - 6552 5000
Local Government Minister’s office - 6552 6600