Animal homes share in grant
LOCAL Government Minister Tony Simpson will extend the $200,000 annual Companion Animal Shelters in 2016-17 and 2017-18 to include the Shenton Park’s cat and dog homes
“The funding ensures the animals are being cared for, they're not roaming communities threatening wildlife, and the animals are being sterilised so the problem of stray animals is not exacerbated,” Mr Simpson said after visiting the Cat Haven and Dog’s Refuge last Thursday.
On June 2, the Western Suburbs Weekly reported that Budget forward estimates after 2015-16 cancelled the fund used by the homes to rescue 10,574 cats and dogs since the money started in 201213.
The Cat Haven will use $75,000 annually from the fund for a ranger to collect abandoned cats.
Chief executive Roz Robinson said they were grateful Mr Simpson had a “change of heart” but the charity still faced a $500,000$600,000 shortfall.
Dog’s Refuge Home president Karen Rhodes said the charity was “relieved and grateful” for the fund’s extension, which would be used to pay vet bills but there would still be a $600,000-$700,000 yearly shortfall.
Cat Haven's marketing officer Chandra Woodley with Kali and Dogs' Refuge Home general manager Judy Flanagan with Sierra.