A STAWELL animal welfare organisation has received $35,000 to hep reduce the number of unwanted cats in the Northern Grampians Shire.
The grant will also be used for an education program to raise community awareness about the importance of desexing pet cats.
Adoptable Pet Rescue was one of 21 organisations to receive grant money from the state government’s Animal Welfare Fund.
Since it was founded in 2013, Adoptable Pet Rescue has provided foster care for more than 250 vulnerable cats and dogs and helped community with the cost of cat desexing.
The group will use the grant to desex 300 cats and run a desexing education program at schools as well as landcare, senior citizen and youth groups.
“I’m pleased to assist Adoptable Pet Rescue, a local organisation that has already done so much to promote responsible cat ownership,” Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria Danielle Green said.
“Victoria has an estimated half a million unwanted cats and predation by feral cats is a major threat to the survival of many endangered native animals.
“This grant money will help to reduce the population of unwanted cats and kittens that can stray into the Grampians National Park.”
The grants were open to support the work of animal welfare groups through education programs, animal emergency relief services and programs to rehome lost animals and reunite them with their owners.