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Minister Coughlan announces grants of €1.2 million to Animal Welfare bodies countrywide

"PETS ARE NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS" - COUGHLAN

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, today announced that she had approved ex-gratia payments totalling €1.2m to 94 organisations involved in the direct delivery of animal care and welfare services to assist in their work during 2007. The grants are being paid immediately.

The Minister said that this year's disbursement would assist the greatest number of animal welfare organisations in any year since the Department first made ex-gratia payments in 1995. It brings the total amount of assistance provided by the Department to organisations since then to €7.192m.

"The months after Christmas are sadly the busiest time for animal welfare organisations. Pets given at Christmas, from puppies to kittens or guinea pigs, grow up quickly, needing more food and attention or a trip to the vet. All of this can take time and money and the novelty of owning a pet can wear off for children."

Minister Coughlan also said that she was delighted to be able to help these largely voluntary organisations again this year. She added: "These bodies do excellent work throughout the country in delivering animal care and welfare services. I would like to pay tribute to all involved in the organisations and in particular to the efforts and sacrifices made by them in circumstances that are often difficult. I am well aware of the increasing demands on their services and I hope that the assistance I am providing will be of help to each of the bodies concerned in sustaining their efforts through the coming year. I recognise that such funding, however welcome, does not cover the full costs to these bodies of meeting all the demands made on them. They will continue to need the support of the general public to maintain their operations at effective levels and I would appeal to the public to continue to give that support in any way they can."

The Minister also said that in addition to their other activities, the ISPCA and various county SPCAs are involved with the Department and the IFA in the operation of the Early Warning/Intervention System for farm animal welfare cases arising from a recommendation from the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (FAWAC).

The Minister appealed to people to act responsibly and with foresight in relation to giving pets as Christmas presents and in particular to heed the good advice given by animal welfare organisations in this regard.

The organisations that have been approved for funding and the amounts for each organisation are detailed in the attached table.

13 December, 2006

GRANT ALLOCATIONS TO ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS FOR 2007
Allocation
Organisation 2006
Animal In Need, Co Donegal 2,000
Animal Rescue Skibbereen, Co Cork 2,000
Animal Trust Fund, Co Sligo 2,000
ASH Animal Sanctuary, Wicklow 15,000
Avalon Greyhound Sanctuary, Woodford, Co Galway 2,000
Carlow SPCA 15,000
Cats Aid, Dublin 12,000
Cavan SPCA 15,000
Celtic Animal Life Line, Tipperary 3,000
Clare Animal Welfare, Ennis 12,000
Clare SPCA, Clonoghan 10,000
Clifden Animal Rescue, Co Galway 2,000
Clondalkin Animal Aid, Dublin 6,000
Collon Animal Sanctuary, Louth 15,000
Cork Cat Action Group 6,000
Cork SPCA 25,000
Cottage Rescue, Co Tipperary 2,000
Cry for Help Cattery, Co Westmeath 2,000
Dogs Alive, Westport, Co Mayo 2,000
Dog Rescue Ireland, Dublin 15,000
Dogs in Distress, Dunboyne, Co Meath 2,000
Dogs Aid, Dublin 6,000
Donegal Pet Rescue 15,000
Drogheda Animal Rescue, Co Louth 15,000
Dublin Animal Rescue Group 2,000
Dublin SPCA 80,000
Dungarvan SPCA 12,000
Enniscorthy SPCA 15,000
Florence O'Connor, Kerry 4,000
Friends of Animal Rescue Centre, Westmeath 15,000
Galway SPCA 25,000
Hillview Animal Sanctuary, Cork 10,000
Inistioge Puppy Rescue, Co Kilkenny 8,000
Irish All Pure Bred Rescue, Tipperary 3,000
Irish Horse Protection League, Wicklow 6,000
Irish Horse Welfare Trust, Wicklow 13,000
Irish Raptor Research Centre, Sligo 10,000
ISPCA, Longford 80,000
Joan's A.R.C., Glengevlin, Co Cavan 2,000
Kerry SPCA 17,000
Kerry Greyhound Connection, Beaufort, Co Kerry 2,000
Kildare and West Wicklow SPCA 15,000
Kilkenny SPCA 8,000
Kilmeady Lodge Animal Sanctuary, Co Cork 2,000
Laois SPCA 12,000
Last Hope Animal Charity, Navan, Co Meath 2,000
Leitrim Animal Welfare Trust 25,000
Leitrim SPCA 15,000
Limerick Animal Welfare 15,000
Limerick SPCA 15,000
Longford SPCA 15,000
Louth SPCA 20,000
Mayo Animal Welfare, Westport 6,000
Mayo SPCA 10,000
Meath SPCA 20,000
Monaghan SPCA 25,000
New Ross SPCA, Co Wexford 12,000
North County Dublin SPCA 15,000
North West SPCA, Mayo 10,000
North Wexford SPCA, Gorey 10,000
Offaly Pound Rescue 2,000
Offaly SPCA 20,000
PAWS Animal Rescue, Co Tipperary 25,000
Petwatch Co Ltd, Dublin 12,000
Roscommon SPCA 12,000
Roscrea SPCA 12,000
Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature, Sligo 10,000
Safe Haven, Co Offaly 2,000
Sligo Dog Warden Services 2,000
Sligo SPCA 20,000
St Francis Animal Sanctuary, Co Sligo 2,000
St Francis Dispensary for Sick and Injured Animals, Dublin 5,000
The Athlone & West Midlands SPCA, Co Westmeath 10,000
The Cats Protection Association of Ireland, Dublin 20,000
The Daisy Fund, Kerry 6,000
The Donkey Sanctuary, Cork 50,000
The Equus Foundation, Co Kildare 2,000
The Inner City Cat Rescue Group, Dublin 3,000
The Irish Blue Cross, Dublin 80,000
The Sunset Appeal, Co Wexford 5,000
The Tigger Trust, Kerry 5,000
Tipperary Friends of Animals, Nenagh 15,000
Tipperary SPCA 12,000
Tralee Animal Welfare Group, Co Kerry 10,000
Uisneach Border Collie Rescue, Westmeath 10,000
Waterford SPCA 15,000
West Cork Animal Welfare Group 17,000
Westmeath SPCA 10,000
Westown Animal Shelter, Kildare 10,000
Wexford SPCA 20,000
Wexford Pet Helpers, Enniscorthy 2,000
Whiskers New Park Animal Sanctuary, Roscommon 12,000
Wicklow SPCA 25,000
Wildlife Rescue, Cork 2,000
TOTAL 1,224,000

NOTE:

In respect of payments in excess of €6,500, organisations must either be registered as charities or have submitted a current Tax Clearance Certificate before payments may be released to them.

Date Released: 13 December 2006