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Funding for animal welfare groups

Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 5:57pm

Cork animal welfare organisations were among the 111 bodies to benefit from funding awards amounting to €2,560,000, recently announced by Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed.
The groups, the Minister said, provide a great service to the community in their work in safeguarding animals. Many provide facilities for neglected animals that, in a large number of instances, have been abandoned by irresponsible owners, he said.

“The increased funding being awarded is evidence of my department’s ongoing commitment in protecting animal welfare and a recognition of the important role played by the many organisations throughout the country in safeguarding animals, particularly pet and companion animals,” said the Minister.

Making the announcement at the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, he acknowledged its great work in donkey welfare. He thanked its staff and volunteers and those working with other welfare organisations around the country.

“We are fortunate in Ireland in having a voluntary sector dedicated to animal welfare,” the Minister said.

The workload for many organisations had increased over recent years, due to a range of factors, including more active enforcement of animal welfare legislation, enabled by the enactment and enforcement of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, he said.

“I wish to acknowledge the good work too being undertaken by the DSPCA and the ISPCA officers that are authorised under the Animal Health and Welfare Act. I welcome the very active role being played by these officers in enforcing and carrying out their duties as authorised officers in applying the Act to domestic animals,” he said.

The Minister said he was greatly concerned about the continuing incidences of sheep being terrorised and killed by roaming dogs. The message, he said, needed to get out to all dog owners in both urban and rural areas on the importance of knowing the whereabouts of their dogs at all times.

“In many parts of the country, particularly urban areas, indiscriminate breeding, particularly of dogs and cats, has led to an oversupply of these animals,” Minister Creed said.

This in turn, he said, had led to an increased abandonment: “I would remind recipients of funding of the importance of having in place neutering programmes for cats and dogs and all animals being rehomed should be neutered unless veterinary opinion advises otherwise.”

The same applied to the castration of stallions.

The Minister stressed the importance of good governance in all animal welfare organisations. All recipients of funding had signed up to the terms and conditions/code of practice. These conditions provided a basis for sound welfare and good governance and management practices and must be adhered to in their entirety, he said.

The Cork organisations who received funding are: Community Cats Network, Kilbrittain: €7,000; Cork Animal Care, Clashbredane, Kilmichael: €7,000; Cork Cat Action Trust, Blackrock: €15,000; Cork Dog Action Welfare Group Ltd, c/o Pauline’s Rescue, Millford, Charleville: €25,000; Cork SPCA, Link Road, Mahon: €90,000; Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Highfield Drive, Buttevant: €2,000; ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Mallow: €20,000; Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline Ltd: €7,000; Pauline’s Rescue, Lauragh, Milford, Charleville: €20,000; Rehoming Cork Pets, Carrigadrochid: €2,000; Rural Animal Welfare Resources, CLG, Rockmount, Drimoleague: €13,000; The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland Ltd, Liscarroll, Mallow: €120,000; and West Cork Animal Welfare Group Ltd, Gortnagrenane, Clonakilty: €15,000.

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