In the first round of animal welfare grants, 16 community-based projectswill share $500,000 in grants to promote the wellbeing of companion animalsand rescued wildlife.

Included in the funding is a pilot project offering low-cost veterinaryservices to vulnerable pet owners, new ICU incubators and diagnostic equipmentfor wildlife rehabilitation, and a carer support package for abandoned petrabbits.

Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Agriculture and Food, said WesternAustralians rate the welfare of animals as a priority.

“Not-for-profit and community organisations play a big role in maintaining thewelfare of companion and native animals.

“There has been a high level of demand for these animal welfare grants acrossmetropolitan and regional parts of the State, highlighting the need forservices which protect and care for vulnerable animals.”

Other successful projects include ‘Spay it Forward’ which offers subsidiseddesexing and microchipping of cats and dogs to concession card holders orfamilies in need, a nursery in the Great Southern to help kangaroo and possumjoeys transition to release, and facilities to provide safe, temporaryaccommodation for animals whose carers are escaping domestic violence.

The grants are part of the governments $2 million Animal Welfare Grant Programthat will run over four years, and of which the second round is now open.

“Grants under the second round of the Animal Welfare Grant Program are nowavailable and we encourage eligible groups to apply,” said MacTiernan.

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