New build­ing funded

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

MORE than $1 mil­lion from Lot­tery­west will help the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shen­ton Park build a new ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

Premier Colin Bar­nett said the cur­rent build­ing was fall­ing into dis­re­pair and it was im­por­tant that the shel­ter’s more than 300 vol­un­teers had a suit­able place to work.

Mr Bar­nett said that as an an­i­mal lover him­self he was pleased to see the money di­rected to the refuge.

The shel­ter cares for up to 150 un­wanted and aban­doned dogs at any time and works to re­home the dogs, care­fully match­ing them with new own­ers.

"The new build­ing will al­low the or­gan­i­sa­tion to prop­erly ac­com­mo­date staff and vol­un­teers, while the ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre will be­come another part of the so­lu­tion to dog aban­don­ment, ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on how to prop­erly care for their an­i­mals," Mr Bar­nett said.

The State Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided fund­ing of $75,000 a year to the Dogs’ Home since 2012.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son re­cently an­nounced an ex­ten­sion of this fund­ing for two years be­yond 2015-16.

"The Dogs' Refuge op­er­ates seven days a week and is very re­liant on do­na­tions," Mr Bar­nett said.

"The com­mit­ment to the wel­fare of these an­i­mals means the or­gan­i­sa­tion spends ev­ery spare cent on them.

“While it had made pro­vi­sion for new ken­nels and a quar­an­tine area, it could not fund the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.”

Premier Colin Bar­nett an­nounces the fund­ing to the Dogs’ Refuge Home for a new ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

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