Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Over $1 million funding allocated to support animal welfare in Western Australia

    11/08/2018 11:00 AM
    • The State Government provides additional funding for family and domestic violence Pets in Crisis program
    • Lotterywest grant for animal shelter, vehicle and equipment upgrades  

    The RSPCA WA has been provided with two combined State Government grants worth more than $1 million to support animal welfare activities and continue the Pets in Crisis program.


    A Lotterywest grant of $922,780 will assist in purchasing essential equipment and upgrades for RSPCA WA's Malaga facility. It will also support RSPCA WA's regional work in Albany, Broome and Port Hedland.


    The funding will support:

    • Four new vehicles for remote travel;
    • Kennel upgrades;
    • Additional storage areas;
    • New laundry enclosure and the purchase of an industrial washing machine;
    • IT upgrades;
    • A new trailer for transporting injured animals; and
    • Site alarm and security upgrades. 

    The grant will result in higher welfare standards for the animals housed at the RSPCA WA as many of the kennel blocks have become unfit by current standards. The new vehicles will enable RSPCA WA's regional inspectorate fleet to be expanded to provide a new local presence for animal welfare services in Port Hedland and Broome.


    RSPCA WA has also been provided an additional $100,000 State Government grant to continue the Pets in Crisis program which was launched last year.


    Pets in Crisis supports the forgotten victims of family and domestic violence by providing temporary foster care for family pets to ensure their safety.


    The funding will enable the animals, owned by family members experiencing domestic violence, to be taken in by the RSPCA WA and fostered out, safely and anonymously, while the person escapes their unsafe home environment and gets their feet back on the ground.


    The Women's and Men's Domestic Violence helplines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide information, support and counselling services.


    • Women's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 007 339 (free call); and
    • Men's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599 (free call) 

    For more information, visit https://www.rspcawa.asn.au/pets-in-crisis.php


    Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:


    "The State Government is a proud supporter of the vital services which the RSPCA provides to animals in need in Western Australia. This money will go to some long-overdue upgrades.


    "The Pets in Crisis program is producing some positive results in keeping women and children safe and that's why we have provided this additional funding.


    "Research shows that some people delay leaving their violent partners due to fears about what may happen to their pets if they are left behind. Refuges unfortunately are usually unable to accept family pets and that's where the Pets in Crisis program steps in.


    "People may find it difficult to seek help due to concern for the pet's safety so this program may help to save both human and animal lives."


    Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:


    "I have seen first-hand the difference a program like Pets in Crisis can make and met with courageous women impacted by domestic violence.


    "Threats of torture and cruelty to family pets can be used as a way to control victims.


    "This funding is very important as it means the RSPCA can continue to expand their essential work and continue to fight for higher animal welfare standards."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600