€2.75m to help animal welfare
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
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.