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Smith announces grants of €20,000 for Cavan Animal Welfare Bodies

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith T.D., today announced the award of ex-gratia payments of €15,000 to Cavan SPCA and €5,000 to Joan's Arc, Glangevlin to assist in their work during 2009. This is part of an overall package of payments being made immediately to 110 animal welfare organisations throughout the country to assist in their work in 2009.

Minister Smith paid tribute to the animal welfare organisations in Co Cavan and throughout the country and said that "these bodies do marvellous work in rescuing, rehabilitating and providing new homes for neglected animals". The Minister said that, the grants being announced today do not cover the full costs of the increasing demands being placed upon these organisations and acknowledged that "animal welfare organisations still require the ongoing generous financial support of the general public to enable them to fulfil their mission to promote animal welfare and relieve animal suffering in Ireland".

The Minister said that the funding for animal welfare organisations in the current economic climate is evidence of the Government's commitment in the area of animal welfare. Minister Smith appealed to parents and others to think responsibly when considering giving a pet as a Christmas present because taking ownership of a pet comes with a responsibility and a duty of care to the animal. The Minister went on to say that "the number of animals that are abandoned every year as soon as the Christmas novelty has worn off does indicate that people are not giving due consideration to the commitment that is required in owning an animal". The Minister urged people to heed the warnings and advice offered by the animal welfare organisations in this regard.

Date Released: 22 December 2008