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Minister Smith Awards €1.25 Million in Funding to 110 Animal Welfare Organisations

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Brendan Smith T.D., today announced details of ex-gratia payments totalling €1.25m to 110 organisations involved in the direct delivery of animal care and welfare services to assist in their work during 2009. Minister Smith said that he was pleased to be able to support these largely voluntary bodies in their work in delivering animal welfare services. The payments to be made immediately will, the Minister said, "assist the greatest number of animal welfare organisations in any year since the Department commenced making ex-gratia payments in 1995".

The Minister, paying tribute to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) and the other animal welfare bodies operating throughout the country in both urban and rural areas, during a visit to the headquarters of the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said that "these bodies do marvellous work in rescuing, rehabilitating and providing new homes for neglected animals". While recognising that the funds do not cover the full costs incurred in meeting all the demands placed upon them, the Minister reminded people that "these welfare organisations which play such a vital role in animal welfare, particularly with regard to small animals still require the ongoing generous financial support from the general public to enable them fulfil their work to promote animal welfare and relieve animal suffering in Ireland."

The Minister thanked the organisations particularly for their efforts and the sacrifices made by them in circumstances that are often difficult. He went on to say that "it often falls to the welfare organisations to deal with the emergency situations arising from abandoned animals and we are fortunate in Ireland to have the ISPCA and the other voluntary organisations with their many dedicated members who work tirelessly throughout the country in the interests of animal welfare."

The Minister said that today's announcement of funding for animal welfare organisations in the current economic climate is evidence of the Government's commitment in the area of animal welfare. He added that significant progress was being made in his Department in drafting the new Animal Health and Welfare Bill, which aims to promote the highest standards of animal welfare together with providing for significant increases in the penalties for offenders. The Minister wished to avail of this opportunity to "thank all those organisations and individuals who made submissions on the Bill on foot of the consultation process initiated by him earlier in the year." Submissions were received from a wide range of groups/individuals with a stake in animal health and welfare issues and Department officials are currently meeting with a number of those that contributed to the process to provide them with an opportunity to expand on their submissions, after which drafting of the legislation will be completed, having regard to the submissions.

In conclusion, the Minister repeated the old axiom that "a pet is for life, not just for Christmas". 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 and 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.

Organisation Allocations
2008
Animal Help Net Kerry 1,000
Animal Magic, Kilmallock, Co Limerick 1,000
Animal Rescue Skibbereen, Co Cork 5,000
Animal Trust Fund, Co Sligo 5,000
Animals In Need, Co Donegal 8,000
Athlone Cat Protection, Co Westmeath 2,000
Audrey Quinn, Edenderry, Co Offaly 3,000
Avalon Greyhound Sanctuary Pro Animal Ireland Ltd. Woodford, Co Galway 8,000
Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust, Waterford 3,000
Carlow SPCA 9,000
Carrick Boarding Kennels T/A Carrick Dog Shelter. Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan 2,000
Cat and Dog Protection Association. Dublin 18,000
Cats Aid, Mulhuddart, Dublin 12,000
Cavan SPCA 15,000
Chippers Sanctuary, Gorey, Co Wexford 2,000
Clare Animal Welfare Ltd. Ennis 15,000
Clare SPCA, Clonoghan. 5,000
Clifden Animal Rescue, Co Galway 2,000
Clondalkin Animal Aid Ltd, Dublin 8,000
Collon Animal Sanctuary, Louth 9,000
Cork Animal Care Society 18,000
Cork Cat Action Trust 10,000
Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) 3,000
Cottage Rescue, Co Tipperary 5,000
Cry for Help Cattery, Co Westmeath 3,000
Dog Rescue Ireland, Dublin 10,000
Dogs Aid Animal Sanctuary, Dublin 5,000
Dogs in Distress, Dunboyne, Co Meath 5,000
Drogheda Animal Rescue, Co Louth 18,000
Dublin Animal Rescue Group 2,000
Dublin SPCA, 100,000
Dundalk Dog Rescue, Castlebellingham, Co Louth 2,000
Dungarvan SPCA Rescue Kennels, Co Waterford 15,000
East Galway Animal Rescue 2,000
Enniscorthy SPCA, Co Wexford 12,000
Friends of Animals Rescue, Mullingar, Co Westmeath 10,000
Friends of Ben Dog Rescue, Leixlip, Co Kildare 2,000
Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue 2,000
Galway SPCA 25,000
Glansillagh Animal Rescue, Co Cork 1,000
Hillview Animal Sanctuary, Cork 8,000
Inistioge Puppy Rescue, Co Kilkenny 7,000
Irish All Pure Bred Rescue, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary 4,000
Irish Horse Protection League, Wicklow 5,000
Irish Horse Welfare Trust, Wicklow 20,000
Irish Raptor Research Centre, (Eagles Flying) Sligo 10,000
Irish Seal Sanctuary, Co Dublin 10,000
ISPCA, Longford 100,000
Joan's A.R.C., Glangevlin, Co Cavan 5,000
Kerry Greyhound Connection, Beaufort, Co Kerry 5,000
Kerry SPCA 18,000
Kildare and West Wicklow SPCA 15,000
Kilkenny SPCA 9,000
KLAWS, Kenmare, Co Kerry 2,000
Laois SPCA 12,000
Last Hope Animal Charity, Navan, Co Meath 5,000
Leitrim Animal Welfare 25,000
Limerick Animal Welfare Ltd 20,000
Limerick SPCA 15,000
Longford SPCA 15,000
Louth SPCA 20,000
MADRA, Co Galway 3,000
Marie Healy Animal Sanctuary LSPCA 9,000
Co Roscommon  
Mayo Animal Welfare, Westport, Co. Mayo. 3,000
Mayo Cat Rescue 3,000
Mayo SPCA 8,000
Meath SPCA 15,000
Monaghan SPCA 20,000
Monkey Sanctuary Ireland Ltd. Co. Wicklow. 1,000
New Ross SPCA, Co Wexford 12,000
North County Dublin SPCA 20,000
North West Pet Protection Ltd. Donegal. 15,000
North West SPCA, Mayo 15,000
North Wexford SPCA, Gorey, Co Wexford 10,000
Offaly SPCA Ltd. 20,000
PAWS, Co Tipperary 25,000
Petwatch Ltd, Dublin 10,000
Remi Le Mahieu T/A Animal Sanctuary Hubasha. Wicklow. 12,000
Renvyle Animal Rescue Group, Co Galway 2,000
Roscommon SPCA 10,000
Roscrea SPCA, Co Tipperary 12,000
Safe Haven, Co Offaly 4,000
Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature, Sligo 10,000
Second Chance Animal Rescue Ltd. (SCAR) Co Clare 3,000
Sligo Dog Welfare Services 4,000
Sligo SPCA Ltd. 15,000
South East Birds of Prey Ltd. Co Wexford 2,000
St Francis Dispensary for Sick and Injured Animals, Dublin 10,000
The Athlone & West Midlands SPCA, Co Westmeath 10,000
The Daisy Fund, Kerry 5,000
The Donkey Sanctuary, Cork 50,000
The Equus Foundation, Co Kildare 3,000
The Inner City Cat Rescue Group, Dublin 2,000
The Irish Blue Cross, Dublin 40,000
The Sunset Appeal, Co Wexford 5,000
Tigger Trust, Kerry 1,000
Tipp Friends Of Animals SPCA, Co Tipperary 15,000
Tipp-Off Animal Rescue, Birr, Co Offaly 1,000
Tipperary SPCA 10,000
Traveller Animal Welfare, Co Wicklow 3,000
Tryfanberg Animal Rescue Co. Mayo. 3,000
Waterford Animal Welfare 1,000
Waterford SPCA 18,000
West Cork Animal Welfare Group, Clonakilty, Co Cork 20,000
Westmeath SPCA 8,000
Westown Animal Shelter, Naas, Co Kildare 7,000
Wexford Pet Helpers, Enniscorthy 3,000
Wexford SPCA 22,000
Whiskers New Park Animal Sanctuary, Co Galway 12,000
Wicklow SPCA 25,000
Total €1,250,000

Date Released: 22 December 2008