Increased Funding for Pet Rescue Organizations


  • Six animal shelters to share $300,000 funding boost
  • New kennels open at Dogs Refuge Home WA, backed by $400,000 campaign pledge from McGowan government
  • Animal shelters provide a vital service to protect and rehome WA pets
  • The McGowan government will provide $300,000 in financial assistance to six vital animal rescue shelters to support their ongoing efforts.

    Following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, animal shelter organizations had reported that the number of rescued and surrendered animals had increased dramatically, putting pressure on shelters.

    The McGowan government currently provides funding of $200,000 a year to six animal shelters that care for, rescue, neuter and arrange for the adoption of cats and dogs.

    The organizations that will share the additional $300,000 in funding are:

    • Cat Welfare Society – $75,000;
    • Saving Animals From Euthanasia (SAFE) – $75,000;
    • Dogs Refuge Home WA – $75,000;
    • Humane Society – $30,000;
    • K9 Rescue Group – $30,000; and
    • Swan Animal Sanctuary – $15,000.

    It comes as new facilities were officially opened at the Dogs Refuge Home WA in Shenton Park, backed by a $400,000 campaign pledge from the McGowan government.

    Improvements include a new kennel, a dedicated outdoor exercise yard, and the installation of new walkways to allow visitors to view dogs up for adoption.

    The non-profit organization has operated in the state for over 87 years, providing care to over 1,500 stray dogs each year from both the metro area and the WA region.

    As Premier Mark McGowan said:

    “My government is proud to provide support to these full animal rescue shelters with this $300,000 funding increase.

    “Western Australia is home to a range of passionate and dedicated non-profit animal rescue organizations who care for our most vulnerable animals.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately resulted in an increase in the number of rescued or abandoned animals – and this funding will help support the important work of these shelters as they manage the backlog.”

    As Local Government Minister John Carey said:

    “Dogs, cats and all pets for that matter are an important part of so many families in Western Australia, including mine.

    “Pet rescue homes are often staffed and run by local volunteers who dedicate their time and commitments to caring for abandoned, abandoned or rescued animals, and we thank these organizations and volunteers for their efforts. .

    “This funding will support these six animal welfare and rescue organizations so they can continue their important work.”

    As Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said:

    “The Dogs Refuge Home WA is one of our oldest animal welfare organizations in Australia and plays a vital role in maintaining a high standard of health and welfare for dogs, as well as in research new permanent homes.

    “Dogs, whether pets or working animals, are an important part of the lives of many West Australians.

    “Improvements to the kennel facilities mean Dogs Refuge Home WA can continue the important work it is doing to give dogs a second chance at a happy life.”

    As Nedlands MP Katrina Stratton said:

    “The opening of this new kennel at Dogs Refuge WA marks the fulfillment of an election pledge I made to the Nedlands community in 2021.

    “As a local member, I have seen firsthand the inspiring work that Dogs Refuge Home does to care for some of the most vulnerable animals in the state, and I am proud to open the new facilities today. today.

    “This funding will also support another local institution – the Cat Haven WA so they can continue their great work right here in Nedlands.”

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