RSPCA gets WA Government Funds for Pets in Crisis, Site Upgrades
- RSPCA WA has received $100,000 from the WA Government to keep the Pets in Crisis program operating in the Perth metropolitan area for another year.
- RSPCA WA has also received a Lotterywest grant of $922,780 to assist with some desperately-needed facilities upgrades at its Animal Care Centre in Malaga.
A $100,000 grant from the State Government will enable the continuation of the Pets in Crisis program, working with women’s shelters and refuges to provide safe, anonymous foster care for pets that are caught in domestic violence situations.
In the past year, RSPCA WA arranged crisis care for 40 animals (22 dogs, 18 cats). Over 70 veterinary procedures, including vaccinations and desexing, were provided for these traumatised animals, and over 300 parasite treatments have been administered.
The Pets in Crisis Program has also established emergency pet care enclosures at four women’s shelters in the Perth metro area, so pets can be cared for temporarily on site, enabling families to escape domestic violence situations with their pets.
Pictured above are Inspector Nat Foster (L) with Perry, and Hon. Simone McGurk, MLA, Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, with Dennis.
The Lotterywest grant will assist RSPCA WA with various projects and infrastructure upgrades which will enable them to continue their animal protection work throughout WA.
The Lotterywest grant forms part of the funds required to upgrade kennel facilities, replace remote Inspector vehicles, purchase a new trailer for transporting larger animals, and build additional storage facilities. A new laundry enclosure, industrial washing machine, and IT, site alarm and security upgrades will also now be possible. Additional funds required to complete some of these projects will come from donations and the generous support of the community.
Comments attributed to RSPCA WA Chair, Lynne Bradshaw, AM:
“We are truly grateful for the support we have received from the WA Government, to enable us to continue our vital animal protection work in WA.
“The desperately needed upgrades are well overdue, and we want to complete these projects as quickly as possible to ensure the animals in our care remain comfortable and are well taken care of. We have a challenging task ahead to raise the additional funds needed to achieve this, but we know that, with the community’s generous support, we’ll get there.
“The extension of the Pets in Crisis Program also means that we can continue to provide assistance to families and their pets at a very difficult time in their lives, and they can rest assured that their beloved pets are safe from harm.
“Reuniting pets with their families has been truly rewarding, and I’d like to thank our dedicated foster carers for their help in achieving this.”