Local animal welfare groups are receiving €573,000 in funding to support their work in communities, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone.
Minister Zappone says the money will be used to support animal rescue and support work – including free or reduced cost services for people to protect their pets.
The Minister says she is particularly pleased that both the DSCPCA and the Irish Blue Cross which are well known and respected in Rathfarnham, Tallaght and Citywest have received vital funding for their services.
Welcoming the announcement Minister Zapppone said:
“I share the passion and love of animals which people of all ages have in Dublin South West. “Pets, big and small, are providing loyal company and friendship which is boosting the health and well-being of their owners.
“However, we must also be aware that some animals do for a variety of reasons end up being abandoned, uncared for and left in danger. In other homes the burden of caring for a beloved pet in terms of care and vaccines can be too much.
“On such occasions the dedicated and skilled workers and volunteers of our animal welfare charities provide invaluable support. I welcome the confirmation that the Government is going to continue to support this work with major funding. Organisations getting money include:
· DSPCA, Mount Venus Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 €375,000
· The Irish Blue Cross, 15a Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8 €180,000
· My Lovely Horse Rescue, 44 Main Street, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 €12,000
· Clondalkin Animal Aid Ltd, 91 Boot Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 €6,000
“Confirmation of the funding through the Department of Agriculture and my colleague Minister Michael Creed is particularly welcome as it comes when many of the groups involved are facing their busiest time of the year.”