THE New Year is getting off to a great start for the NWSPCA, as it has just received news of a €14,000 ex-gratia payment by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney.
The payment was made as part of the Government's grants to a range of animal welfare bodies throughout the country to assist in their work over the coming year.
NWSPCA Chairman Colin Webb thanked the Minister for the payment. 'The payment is of real practical benefit to the Society and will be used in the provision of animal welfare services in North Wexford with particular focus on continuing to neuter or spay as many dogs and cats as possible,' he said. 'While the financial assistance is always welcome, it also represents a recognition of the work the Society is doing in Gorey, work which is undertaken by a team of dedicated and hard-working volunteers.'
'We are making a difference. The number of cruelty cases has reduced from previous years, and the rehoming rate for the county is one of the highest in the country,' he continued. 'The Society's fundraising has been affected by the economic downturn and it is continuing to appeal for fundraisers and donations. The Society's expenditure in 2012 was in excess of €40,000.'