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Laura Foster, country manager of the Donkey Sanctuary, said the funding be vital in helping to cover their €4 million annual operational costs.

Laura Foster, country manager of the Donkey Sanctuary, said the funding be vital in helping to cover their €4 million annual operational costs.

Laura Foster, country manager of the Donkey Sanctuary, said the funding be vital in helping to cover their €4 million annual operational costs.

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ANIMAL welfare organisations across Cork have been given a welcome early Christmas present after it emerged they are to share in a more than €3.7 million funding windfall.

In an announcement timed to coincide with Animal Welfare Awareness day on Wednesday, Agriculture minister Charlie McConalogue unveiled the package, which will be shared out between 98 groups across the country.

More than a dozen Cork-based organisations will between them receive funding totalling €510,500, with the largest single beneficiary being The Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, which has been allocated €230,000.

Just last month Donkey Sanctuary country manager Laura Foster told The Corkman that Ireland was facing into an unprecedented donkey welfare crisis, saying the animals requiring rescue, re-homing and sanctuary care has reached “unmanageable and unsustainable levels.”

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Speaking this week Laura said the funding will prove vital in helping cover the Sanctuary’s operating costs, which run to around €4million per annum.

“In addition to the sheer volume of animals we deal with, the pandemic has also had a severe impact on out fundraising activities,” said Laura.

“In addition to helping us cover our running costs, this most welcome funding will help also help us expand our welfare and education programmes,” she added

The other Cork-based organisations to receive funding were:

Cork SPCA (€110,000), Charleville-based Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) (€35,000), the ISPCA Equine Centre in Mallow (€35,000), Charleville-based Pauline’s Rescue (€25,000) the West Cork Animal Welfare Group (€18,500), the Cork Cat Action Trust (€16,500), Rural Animal Welfare Resources (€14,500), the Community Cats Network (€10,000), the Kilmichael-based Cork Animal Care Society (€8,000), Re-homing Cork Pets in Carriadrohid (€5,000) and the Buttevant-based Homeless Animal Rescue Team (€2,500).

Announcing the record €3.7million funding package, Minister McConalogue said it acknowledged the fantastic effort and commitment of our amazing animal welfare organisations and the volunteers dedicated to animal welfare.”

“These organisations play such a crucial role in ensuring all our animals are cared for and protected. This is frontline work that we can all be proud of,” said the Minister.

He urged people to ‘think carefully” before getting pet this Christmas..

“A pet can bring great joy, but with that comes responsibility. Owning and caring for a pet is a major, long-term commitment. There is excellent advice on my Department’s website and from many of the welfare organisations – please think carefully before deciding to buy a puppy this Christmas and take responsibility for your choice,” he said.


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