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

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

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

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

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

Other successful projects include ‘Spay it Forward’ which offers subsidised
desexing and microchipping of cats and dogs to concession card holders or
families in need, a nursery in the Great Southern to help kangaroo and possum
joeys transition to release, and facilities to provide safe, temporary
accommodation for animals whose carers are escaping domestic violence.

The grants are part of the governments $2 million Animal Welfare Grant Program
that 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 now
available and we encourage eligible groups to apply,” said MacTiernan.

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