Over $1 million funding allocated to support animal welfare in Western Australia
The RSPCA WA has been provided with two combined State Government grants worth more than $1 million to support animal welfare activities and continue the Pets in Crisis program.
A Lotterywest grant of $922,780 will assist in purchasing essential equipment and upgrades for RSPCA WA’s Malaga facility. It will also support RSPCA WA’s regional work in Albany, Broome and Port Hedland.
The funding will support:
- Four new vehicles for remote travel;
- Kennel upgrades;
- Additional storage areas;
- New laundry enclosure and the purchase of an industrial washing machine;
- IT upgrades;
- A new trailer for transporting injured animals; and
- Site alarm and security upgrades.
The grant will result in higher welfare standards for the animals housed at the RSPCA WA as many of the kennel blocks have become unfit by current standards. The new vehicles will enable RSPCA WA’s regional inspectorate fleet to be expanded to provide a new local presence for animal welfare services in Port Hedland and Broome.
RSPCA WA has also been provided an additional $100,000 State Government grant to continue the Pets in Crisis program which was launched last year.
Pets in Crisis supports the forgotten victims of family and domestic violence by providing temporary foster care for family pets to ensure their safety.
WA’s Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, Simone McGurk, said the Pets in Crisis program was producing positive results in keeping women and children safe.
“Research shows that some people delay leaving their violent partners due to fears about what may happen to their pets if they are left behind. Refuges unfortunately are usually unable to accept family pets and that’s where the Pets in Crisis program steps in.”
“People may find it difficult to seek help due to concern for the pet’s safety so this program may help to save both human and animal lives.”
The funding will enable the animals, owned by family members experiencing domestic violence, to be taken in by the RSPCA WA and fostered out, safely and anonymously, while the person escapes their unsafe home environment and gets their feet back on the ground.
The Women’s and Men’s Domestic Violence helplines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide information, support and counselling services.
- Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 007 339 (free call); and
- Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599 (free call)
For more information, visit https://www.rspcawa.asn.au/pets-in-crisis.php