A Northern Grampians Shire not-for-profit pet de-sexing program has been shown a state government sign of support with a sizeable grant coming their way.
Labor Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford congratulated Homeless Hounds Animal Rescue Victoria on being awarded a Pet Desexing Grant worth $35,000.
"We are ensuring vulnerable Victorians can access free or low-cost de-sexing for their cats and dogs as we know these services are critical in our communities," she said.
"Pet De-sexing Grants recognise the important role local councils and not-for-profit organisations play in improving the lives of animals and their owners across the state."
The grant has been allocated for the business to grow its de-sexing program and support disadvantaged pet owners across three sites in Victoria - including the Northern Grampians and Central Goldfields Shires.
Under Round One of the Pet Desexing Grants, Homeless Hounds Animal Rescue Victoria will use the funding to:
- Provide financial support to provide low-cost de-sexing for vulnerable Victorians
- Partner with veterinary clinics in disadvantaged areas to provide 'no-gap' discounted de-sexing services that are fully funded by the subsidy at no additional cost to the owner
- Coordinate pet transport to facilitate de-sexing where necessary through the Homeless Hounds 'Pet Courier' network.
The goal will be to de-sex 150 cats and 150 dogs and improve education and awareness on the benefits of de-sexing.
Since the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program was launched in 2012, 169 grants have been awarded to not-for-profit and community organisations, totalling almost $4.2 million, to improve responsible animal ownership and provide better welfare services for companion animals in the community.
Pet De-sexing Grants are funded through the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program and will provide $1.5 million over three years to support councils and not-for-profit organisations that provide free or low-cost de-sexing of cats and dogs for disadvantaged members of our community.
Round One of the Pet Desexing Grants offered a total of $500,000 for the purchase of equipment to enable the delivery of de-sexing programs.
The grants could see more than 4,000 cats and 650 dogs de-sexed, with a target on de-sexing thousands of cats and dogs owned by vulnerable Victorians at little or no cost.
For more information visit the state government website.
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