NEW FUNDING PLEDGE A LIFELINE FOR MANY ANIMALS IN NEED
A Liberal Party election commitment for additional funding for RSPCA WA will be a lifeline for an ever increasing number of homeless animals throughout the State.
WA President, Lynne Bradshaw, said RSPCA WA took in more than 400 animals in December 2016 alone.
“All these animals were homeless, neglected, abandoned or abused and desperately in need of help,” Mrs Bradshaw said. “We are receiving a very high number of animals needing rescuing and rehabilitation and this new Liberal Party support will make a real difference.”
Mrs Bradshaw was responding to an announcement by the Premier, Colin Barnett, that if it is re-elected at the WA State election in March, the Liberal Government will provide $1.5 million in new funding for the RSPCA to upgrade the Malaga animal care facilities and for a new animal adoption centre. Land for a new animal care and rehabilitation centre south of the river is included in the government’s election promise.
“In 2016, we found new homes for 1,023 animals and the new adoption facilities will help us give many more animals a second chance at a new life in a loving home,” Mrs Bradshaw said. “We will be able to accommodate more animals while they wait to find their new homes and we’ll also be able to encourage more people looking for a pet to visit the new, modern facility to see and meet the animals.
“This supports one of the core values of our organisation which is giving animals a second chance and we want to encourage West Australians to make adoption their first choice and find their new family pet among the many animals that really do need that second chance.
“The land located south of the river will take us a step closer to a long term goal of establishing an animal care facility which will provide much needed extra capacity and more prompt assistance for injured and distressed animals in the southern regions of the state.”
Mrs Bradshaw said the Liberal State Government’s pledge of new support on top of the $500,000 received annually would be welcomed by RSPCA WA’s tens of thousands of supporters throughout WA.
“We know from independent market research that more than eight in every ten people say the RSPCA is “integral” to animal welfare in WA,” Mrs Bradshaw said.