Council agrees to boost SAFE funding
Karratha-based animal rescue service SAFE has received a $21,000 funding boost from the City of Karratha to further its work in the local community.
At a council meeting two weeks ago, councillors unanimously voted to increase its annual funding for SAFE from $44,000 to $65,000 and extend their memorandum of understanding, due to expire in December 2018, by another five years.
The vast majority of the extra money will go towards employment of a new part-time staff member responsible for setting up a digital database of animal records for the organisation. SAFE founder Sue Hedley said the funding boost would be a “huge” help to their staff and volunteers.
“It is acknowledgement that the councillors understand the magnitude of the services SAFE provides for the community, both human and animals alike,” she said.
“I’m grateful they were able to increase our funding to help towards enabling us to continue providing the quality of service that we do. It is really vital that we have enough staff so that all our animals’ details can be recorded on data entry software.”
Deputy mayor John Lally said more funding was warranted by SAFE’s crucial work in the community, which included working closely with their rangers to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets.
“This increase in funding recognises the important work that the volunteers of SAFE perform for our community,” he said.
Ms Hedley said SAFE’s workload had increased in recent years as people who had lost their jobs were often forced to give up their pets.
“People’s whole futures have become uncertain with many serious repercussions, often being made redundant and having to change accommodation or leave town … and they are unable to take their animals with them,” she said.
SAFE foster carer Ashleigh Rowe and founder Sue Hedley.