WA LABOR PLEDGE $2M TO ESTABLISH NEW RSPCA SHELTER SOUTH OF THE RIVER
WA Labor’s promise of land and $2 million towards establishing a new RSPCA Animal Care Centre in Perth’s southern corridor will help save the lives of thousands more animals every year.
RSPCA WA Vice President, Ian Cowie, said the RSPCA’s current Animal Care Centre based in Malaga, north of Perth was often full to capacity as the organisation struggled to meet the demands of animal cruelty reports and the need to provide a safe haven for animals that had been neglected, abused or abandoned.
“We are pleased that WA Labor has recognised the urgent need for another, more modern facility south of the river that will increase our capacity to rescue and care for animals and have a greater presence in this fast growing area.” Mr Cowie said.
“Whilst we have a valued foster care network and partnerships with other animal rescue groups, there is a still an urgent need for expanded shelter facilities for animals rescued by our Inspectors.”
WA Opposition leader, Mark McGowan, said today that, if elected, a WA Labor Government would provide land at a peppercorn rent and $2 million dollars for the RSPCA to work towards its long term vision of a state-of-the-art Animal Care Centre in Perth’s south. The pledge is in addition to a policy to end puppy farming and irresponsible dog breeding, announced by Mr McGowan in 2016.
“We will be able to provide treatment, rehabilitation and rehoming for approximately 2,000 more animals every year through a new centre,” Mr Cowie said. “It will generate new employment and training opportunities for people wanting to work in animal welfare and provide volunteering opportunities for hundreds of people from local communities.
“The southern corridor of Perth is one of the fastest expanding areas of the State with significant population growth and with it, increased pet ownership. The pledge by WA Labor will help make this long term vision become a reality with the funding in place to commence all the planning and preparatory works. This will make an enormous difference for animals in the near future.
“A new centre will ensure we are better placed to respond to animal cruelty reports in the local area, deliver targeted cruelty prevention activities and community education programs including dog training” said Mr Cowie.
RSPCA WA statistics show that in the last financial year, more than 2200 cruelty reports were attended by RSPCA WA Inspectors in the south metropolitan region.