Mansfield Courier

Providing a second chance at life for horses in need

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THE Victorian Government is supporting horse welfare organisati­ons across the state to boost care, rehabilita­tion and rehoming services for much-loved animals.

Minister for Agricultur­e Mary-Anne Thomas met with Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria to announce a $55,000 Equine Rehabilita­tion Grant for important education and training programs, and to rehabilita­te more horses.

The funding will be used to increase community awareness of horse welfare through specialise­d sessions and workshops.

It will also help to recruit and train representa­tives from Project Hope that will support horse owners across Victoria to provide the best care possible, and rehabilita­te 12 horses.

The Equine Rehabilita­tion Grants are funded through the Animal Welfare Fund (AWF) Grants Program and will provide $1 million over three years to not-for-profit equine rescue, rehabilita­tion and rehoming organisati­ons to improve horse welfare outcomes.

Round one of the grants offered a total of $340,000 for the purchase of equipment or profession­al services, facility upgrades or the expansion of services offered by a horse care organisati­on.

Project Hope is one of five organisati­ons to receive an Equine Rehabilita­tion Grant in round one.

Since the AWF Grants Program was launched in 2012, 169 grants have been awarded to organisati­ons totalling almost $4.2 million to improve the welfare of companion animals in Victoria.

The program provides grants to not-for-profit and community organisati­ons aiming to improve responsibl­e animal ownership and provide better animal welfare services to companion animals and the community.

 ??  ?? EQUINE: There will be new government backed community awareness of horse welfare through specialise­d sessions and workshops.
EQUINE: There will be new government backed community awareness of horse welfare through specialise­d sessions and workshops.

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