Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Our State Budget 2016-17: Supporting and protecting our community - A new leash on life: grants help abandoned pets

    25/05/2016 9:00 AM
    • $800,000 in 2016-17 State Budget to support companion animal shelters 

    Thousands of unwanted and neglected cats and dogs will have a brighter future, following additional investment by the State Government to support animal rescue groups and shelters.


    Visiting the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson today confirmed an extra $800,000 over four years for companion animal shelters, bringing the total investment by the Liberal National Government to $1.6 million.


    The funding will help six organisations to rescue, care and shelter abandoned pets and promote responsible pet ownership.


    "Animal Shelters in WA provide a tremendous community service, reducing the threat to native wildlife from strays and providing a stable adoption environment for pets," Mr Simpson said.


    "Shelters such as the Dogs' Refuge Home provide a caring environment for animals that may have been abused or neglected, ensuring they are micro-chipped, sterilised and vaccinated.


    "The Government is committed to encouraging responsible pet ownership and the Companion Animal Shelters grants program supports the legislation introduced by this Government to reduce the burden of WA's stray pets."


    Since its introduction in 2012-13, the program has resulted in more than 14,000 domestic pets being rescued, 11,600 being rehomed and 11,600 being sterilised.


    Treasurer Mike Nahan said the funding would help ease the financial burden on animal shelters.


    "This is another example of the Government's support for some of the fantastic work being undertaken by community sector organisations in WA," Dr Nahan said.


    Fact File

    • The Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park rehomes about 1,200 dogs per year
    • Staff from the shelter travel as far as Broome and Karratha to rescue stray dogs
    • Companion Animal Shelters grant recipients below
    • WA State Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au  

    Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600

    Treasurer's office - 6552 5700


    Companion Animal Shelters Grants - Recipients


    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 WA)