Animal welfare charities get almost €2m in funding

Lisa O'Donovan, the ISPCA inspector for Cork city and county
Lisa O'Donovan, the ISPCA inspector for Cork city and county
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Funding of €2,460,500 has been awarded to 137 animal welfare organisations throughout the country involved in protecting animal welfare.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, whose Department is responsible for the awards said the payments will be made with immediate effect.

Minister Creed said that "these organisations contribute greatly to protecting animals, by providing sanctuary for in many instances surrendered, abandoned and at-risk animals and the funding being awarded is evidence of my Department’s on-going commitment in the area of animal welfare and is a recognition of the important role played by these organisations in safeguarding animals particularly pet and companion animals."

Top awards

  • DSPCA, Mount Venus Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 - €290,000
  • ISPCA, National Animal Centre,  Keenagh, Co. Longford - €290,000
  • The Irish Blue Cross,  Inchicore, Dublin 8 - €180,000
  • The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland Ltd,  Mallow, Co. Cork - €120,000
  • Cork SPCA, Link Road, Mahon, Cork - €80,000
  • Hungry Horse Outside, Currygranny, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford - €75,000
  • Irish Horse Welfare Trust Ltd., Ballinamona, Arklow, Co. Wicklow - €50,000

The Minister, in acknowledging the work of the welfare organisations took the opportunity to thank their staff and volunteers, "I wish to give a special mention also to the many volunteers and supporters involved with these organisations for their ongoing commitment to animal welfare".

The workload for many of these organisations has increased over recent years on account of the greater enforcement of animal welfare legislation brought about in the main by the enactment of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, together with greater enforcement of equine identification and new dog microchipping legislation.

The Minister said that "while I don’t wish to be prescriptive on how organisations should use funds awarded, I would nevertheless ask that efforts be concentrated over the coming year in ensuring that through whatever means at your disposal e.g. posters, social media, education talks in schools, etc that you get the message out to people keeping equines and dogs on the necessity to have the animals identified as required under legislation".

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