An­i­mal homes share in grant

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d438588

Cat Haven's mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Chan­dra Wood­ley with Kali and Dogs' Refuge Home gen­eral man­ager Judy Flana­gan with Sierra.

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