€2.75m to help an­i­mal wel­fare

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Thir­teen Cork-based or­gan­i­sa­tions were among 108 coun­try­wide which ben­e­fited from record fund­ing to the vol­un­tary sec­tor in­volved in an­i­mal wel­fare.

Min­is­ter Michael Creed, who an­nounced €2.75m for an­i­mal sup­port groups, said it was a record al­lo­ca­tion.

The agri­cul­ture and food min­is­ter said: “We are very for­tu­nate in Ire­land in hav­ing a vol­un­tary sec­tor ded­i­cated to an­i­mal wel­fare and the or­gan­i­sa­tions in re­ceipt of fund­ing, to­gether with their staff and vol­un­teers, pro­vide great sup­port and com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing sur­ren­dered, aban­doned, and at-risk an­i­mals.”

Mr Creed ac­knowl­edged the work­load for many of the or­gan­i­sa­tions had in­creased over re­cent years on ac­count of a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing the ac­tive en­force­ment of the An­i­mal Health and Wel­fare Act 2013.

He pointed out the good work be­ing un­der­taken by the DSPCA and the ISPCA of­fi­cers autho­rised un­der the An­i­mal Health and Wel­fare Act.

“I wel­come the very ac­tive role be­ing played by these of­fi­cers in en­forc­ing and car­ry­ing out their du­ties as autho­rised of­fi­cers in ap­ply­ing the Act to do­mes­tic an­i­mals.

“While this high-pro­file work gets a lot of at­ten­tion, that should not di­min­ish the work be­ing done ev­ery day by smaller res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions. Ev­ery­one in the res­cue sec­tor is con­tribut­ing to im­proved wel­fare in their own way,” he said.

Mr Creed, who is Cork­based, also ap­plauded the great work un­dert en by staff in his own depart­ment on an­i­mal wel­fare mat­ters and stated that he and his of­fi­cials will con­tinue to work closely with an­i­mal wel­fare groups.

His depart­ment op­er­ates a ded­i­cated an­i­mal wel­fare helpline for the pub­lic to re­port an­i­mal ne­glect and cru­elty. Call save: 0761 064408; Phone: 01 6072379; email an­i­mal­wel­[email protected] agri­cul­ture.gov.ie

Cork re­cip­i­ents:

Don­key Sanc­tu­ary Ire­land, Lis­car­roll, Mal­low – €130,000 Cork SPCA, Link Road, Ma­hon – €100,000

Cork Dog Ac­tion Wel­fare, Mil­ford, Charleville – €27,500 ISPCA Equine es­cue Cen­tre, Mal­low – €25,000 Pauline’s Res­cue, Mil­ford, Charleville – €23,00

West Cork An­i­mal Wel­fare Group, Clon­akilty – €17,000

Cork Cat Act n Trust, Cas­tle Road, Black­rock – €15,000

Ru­ral An­i­mal Wel­fare Re­sources, Rock­mount, Dri­moleague – €13,000

Mun­ster Lost and Found Pet Helpline, Ballinhas­sig – €8,000

Cork An­i­mal Care So­ci­ety, Clash­bredane, Kilmichael – €7,000

Com­mu­nity Cats Net­work, Glanavaud, Kilbrit­tain - €7,000

Re­hom­ing Cork Pets, Car­ri­gadro­hid– €5,000

Home­less An­i­mal Res­cue Team, But­te­vant – €2,000

Min­is­ter Michael Creed an­nounced a record al­lo­ca­tion to an­i­mal wel­fare sup­port groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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