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The announcement was made on the third annual animal welfare consciousness day
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue introduced funding of €6 million to 101 animal welfare charities nationwide – a rise of €200,000 on final yr.
This yr, there’s a further concentrate on supporting charities concerned in rehoming dogs. This recognises that 2023 has been a very difficult yr when it comes to canine welfare and for these working to rescue, defend and rehome dogs.
The funding announcement was made on the third annual animal welfare consciousness day throughout a go to by the Minister to the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).
Minister McConalogue mentioned
“Animal welfare is a priority for me and for my Department and is important to us all in Ireland. I am delighted to announce today that I am providing the highest ever level of funding by my Department to animal welfare charities. These grants will support these organisations in the vital work they do across the country, protecting, rescuing and taking care of animals, and providing education and guidance so as to prevent welfare problems from arising in many cases. I recognise that this year, dog welfare charities have had additional pressures to deal with, and so the increase in funding is focussed on providing additional support for those organisations”.
Urging the general public to consider carefully earlier than getting a pet this Christmas on Animal Welfare Awareness Day, the Minister cautioned that “proudly owning and caring for a pet is a significant, long-term dedication. Before taking over a pet, I might ask individuals to think about:
- Is this specific kind of pet the appropriate selection for you?
- Is your home proper for the kind of pet you might be contemplating?
- Is your way of life swimsuit, and ed to giving the pet the time, vitality and train it could want?
- Have you fastidiously thought-about the monetary prices of taking good care of an animal, together with feed, veterinary care and vacation prices?
- Have you thought-about the obligations of a pet proprietor? Dogs have to be licensed and microchipped, and saved below management in line with the rules.
- Will the pet be responsibly sourced? For instance, think about adopting a canine from a shelter or charity.”
Highlighting the essential work executed by animal welfare charities in Ireland, he mentioned: “I’d like to acknowledge the important work carried out, often in very challenging circumstances, by animal welfare organisations and their dedicated volunteers and staff across Ireland. Animal welfare charities play a crucial role in helping animals in need, educating people, and raising public awareness about improving animal welfare. Responsible pet ownership campaigns can help to reduce the number of dogs abandoned or surrendered, and thus can reduce the pressure on dog shelters and charities. For this reason, the Programme for Government includes a commitment to promote responsible pet ownership.”
The Cork Charities and quantities awarded are ;
- Community Cats Network €24,200
- Cork Animal Care Society €13,500
- Cork Cat Action Trust €26,625
- Cork DAWG €69,975
- Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals €156,950
- HART €14,175
- ISPCA National Equine Centre €65,175
- Munster Lost and Found Pet helpline €27,200
- Paulines Rescue €46,050
- Rehoming Cork Pets €13,050
- RAWR (Rural Animal Welfare Resources) €4,000
- The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland €300,000
- West Cork Animal Welfare Group, €40,725
- Wildlife Rescue Cork €8,000