Foster carers and animal shelters urged to apply for grants

Local not-for-profit groups dedicated to reuniting pets with their owners, rehoming lost pets, running dog socialisation classes and providing responsible pet ownership education are now eligible for grants thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA, urged local non-government and not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 under the $1.6 million Animal Welfare Fund.

The grants will prioritise services, systems or infrastructure which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of foster care and rescue groups with consideration also given to applicants providing services in the areas of:

  • Community education in responsible pet ownership
  • Relief services including through the provision of facilities to the community during emergencies
  • Re-homing of companion animals and reuniting lost companion animals with their owners
  • Socialisation classes for dogs including facilities to promote dog exercising in parks

Organisations can apply online for small grants of up to $10,000 or large grants of up to $50,000 by visiting www.animalwelfare.smartygrants.com.au

Round Four Animal Welfare Fund grant applications close on 31 July 2015.

Mr Nardella said:

These local organisations play a critical role in improving and protecting the welfare of our pet companions.

I urge all animal shelters, animal foster care networks and groups in [electorate] to apply for a grant from the Labor Government.

We take animal welfare seriously and will continue to support our local volunteer organisations to carry out this important work.