New building funded
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.