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Minister Creed announces funding of €2,460,500 to Animal Welfare Organisations

 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced funding awards of €2,460,500 to 137 animal welfare organisations throughout the country involved in protecting animal welfare. The payments will be made with immediate effect.

Minister Creed said that ‘these organisations contribute greatly to protecting animals, by providing sanctuary for in many instances surrendered, abandoned and at-risk animals and the funding being awarded is evidence of my Department’s on-going commitment in the area of animal welfare and is a recognition of the important role played by these organisations in safeguarding animals particularly pet and companion animals’.

The Minister, in acknowledging the work of the welfare organisations took the opportunity to thank their staff and volunteers, ‘I wish to give a special mention also to the many volunteers and supporters involved with these organisations for their ongoing commitment to animal welfare’.

The workload for many of these organisations has increased over recent years on account of the greater enforcement of animal welfare legislation brought about in the main by the enactment of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, together with greater enforcement of equine identification and new dog microchipping legislation.

The Minister said that ‘while I don’t wish to be prescriptive on how organisations should use funds awarded, I would nevertheless ask that efforts be concentrated over the coming year in ensuring that through whatever means at your disposal e.g. posters, social media, education talks in schools, etc that you get the message out to people keeping equines and dogs on the necessity to have the animals identified as required under legislation’.

He continued, ‘I am greatly concerned with continuing incidences of sheep being terrorised and killed by roaming dogs and the  message needs to get out to all dog owners in both urban and rural areas on the importance of knowing the whereabouts of your dog at all times’.

In many parts of the country, particularly urban areas, indiscriminate breeding particularly of dogs and cats has led to an oversupply of these animals and consequently increased abandonment and the Minister went on to say ‘I would remind recipients of funding of the importance of neutering programmes for cats and dogs and all animals being re-homed should be neutered unless veterinary opinion advises otherwise’. The Minister asked those welfare organisations involved in equine rescue to ensure that stallions being re-homed are castrated.

Some of the recipients of today’s funding are working in conjunction with Local Authorities and supported by the Department in developing facilities for urban and traveller horse populations and to educate young people among these communities in the care and welfare of horses. The Minister said that ‘these initiatives are a positive and welcome development and will assist horse owners in complying with equine related legislation including identification and control of horses and the education courses provided within the framework of the projects gives the horse owners an opportunity to acquire skills in relation to caring and managing horses alongside a broader education’.

The importance of good governance is stressed in all communications with the welfare organisations and funding recipients have been provided with and have signed up to the Terms and Conditions/Code of Practice to be adhered to and the Minister said that ‘these conditions set out my Department’s recommendations on sound welfare and management practices and it is important that these conditions are adhered to in their entirety’.

The Minister stressed the importance of adults being responsible when considering gifting animals as pets this Christmas time and said that ‘taking ownership of a pet  involves an extensive commitment and a high financial cost and there are times that while gifting animals may well be well intentioned, the reality is that pets being gifted are often abandoned by their new owners when the novelty wears off and it is left to the animal welfare charities to deal with the consequences of these abandonments and this places unnecessary pressure on their resources’.

Finally, Minister Creed stated that he and his Department would continue to work closely with animal welfare groups.  He reminded the public of the dedicated email address and helpline in operation in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for members of the public to report incidents of animal neglect and cruelty.

Notes for Editors

Details of the organisations approved for funding and the amounts allocated to each organisation are detailed in the table below.

 Animal Welfare Helpline:

The helpline will be monitored regularly over the holiday period.

The phone number for the Helpline is:
Call Save: 0761 064408
Phone: 01-607 2379

Dedicated email address - animalwelfare@agriculture.gov.ie

 

No

Organisation Name and  Address

2016

1

A Dog's Life, Glenmore, Co Kilkenny

€5,000

2

Ainmhithe Animal Rescue,Ballina, Co. Mayo

€9,500

3

An Cat Dubh,  Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare.

€5,000

4

Animal Help Net Kerry,  Tralee, Co. Kerry

€5,000

5

ASH Animal Rescue, Rathangan, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

€28,000

6

Animals in Need Donegal Ltd,  Donegal Town, Co Donegal

€25,000

7

Athlone & West Midlands SPCA,  Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon

€4,000

8

Athlone Animal Welfare,  Athlone, Co. Westmeath

€1,000

9

Aughrim Cat Rescue,  Aughrim, Co. Wicklow

€2,000

10

Blackwater Animal Rescue, Lismount, Kilworth, Co. Cork

€4,000

11

Burren Animal Rescue, Rockforest, Tubber, Co. Clare

€3,500

12

Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

€2,000

13

Carrick Dog Shelter Ltd, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

€16,000

14

Cat & Dog Protection Association of Ireland,  Nrth Brunswick St, Dublin 7

€19,000

15

Cat's Aid, Loughlinstown, DunLaoghaire, Co. Dublin

€10,000

16

Cavan SPCA,  Shankill, Cavan                             

€27,000

17

Chipper's Sanctuary,  Gorey, Co. Wexford

€6,000

18

Clare Greyhound Project, Doolin, Co. Clare

€1,000

19

Clare SPCA, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare

€17,000

20

Clifden Animal Rescue, Ardbear, Co Galway

€3,500

21

Rehoming Cork Pets, Carrigadrochid, Co. Cork

€1,000

22

Clondalkin Animal Aid Ltd.,  Boot Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

€6,000

23

Community Cats Network, Kilbgrittain, Co. Cork

€7,000

24

Cork Animal Care Society Ltd,  Kilmichael, Co. Cork

€7,000

25

Cork Cat Action Trust, Blackrock, Cork

€15,000

26

Cork Dog Action Welfare Group Ltd, Milford, Charleville, Co. Cork

€25,000

27

Cork SPCA, Link Road, Mahon, Cork

€80,000

28

Cottage Rescue, Longfield, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

€6,000

29

Deise Animal Sanctuary, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford

€8,000

30

Dog Rescue Coolronan,  Ballivor, Co. Meath

€4,000

31

Dog's Aid Animal Sanctuary, Meakstown, Dublin 11

€13,000

32

Dogs in Distress Ltd, Ash Hill, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

€11,000

33

Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Castledooey, Raphoe, Co Donegal

€4,000

34

Drogheda Animal Rescue Ltd,  Drogheda, Co. Louth

€19,500

35

DSPCA, Mount Venus Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

€290,000

36

Dundalk Dog Rescue, Walterstown, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth

€7,000

37

Dungarvan SPCA Rescue Kennels,  Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

€15,000

38

Enniscorthy SPCA, Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

€13,000

39

Fairyglen Animal Sanctuary, Arigna, Co. Leitrim

€10,000

40

Fellenberg Foundation Ireland Ltd, Flesk, Woodford, Co Galway

€3,000

41

Fingal SPCA, Portrane, Co. Dublin

€4,500

42

Flying Irish Greyhounds,  Moycullen, Co Galway

€2,000

43

Forgotten Horses Ireland, Kinvara, Co. Galway

€5,000

44

Friends For Wildlife, Derryinver, Letterfrack, Co Galway        

€4,000

45

Friends of Animals, Cullionbeg, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

€6,500

46

Fur Babies-Audrey Quinn,  Ballygibbon, Edenderry, Co. Offaly

€4,000

47

Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue,  Knocknacarra, Galway

€5,000

48

Galway Cat Rescue, 120 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway

€4,000

49

Galway SPCA,  Augustine Street, Galway City

€40,000

50

Great Hounds in Need,  Kilcash, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

€3,500

51

Greystones Kitty Hostel,  Greystones, Co. Wicklow

€3,000

52

Hollys Horse Haven, Omeath, Co. Louth

€16,000

53

Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Highfield Drive, Buttevant, Co. Cork

€1,000

54

Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds,  Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry

€4,000

55

Hungry Horse Outside, Currygranny, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford

€75,000

56

Inistioge Puppy Rescue, Ballygub, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny

€10,000

57

Irish Horse Protection League,  Blessington, Co. Wicklow

€5,000

58

Irish Horse Rehoming Programme Beacon Stud, Cloneygowan, Co. Offaly

€10,000

59

Irish Horse Welfare Trust Ltd., Ballinamona, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

€50,000

60

Eagles Flying/Irish Raptor Research Centre, Portinch, Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

€10,000

61

Irish Red Grouse Association Conservation Trust Ltd, Moate, Co. Westmeath

€1,000

62

Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Merchants Quay, Kilrush, Co. Clare

€3,000

63

ISPCA, National Animal Centre,  Keenagh, Co. Longford

€290,000

64

ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Dromsligo, Mallow, Co. Cork

€20,000

65

Kath's Kitty Corner, Oldrock, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

€3,500

66

Kerry SPCA, Rackett Lane, Tralee,Co. Kerry

€18,000

67

Kildare & West Wicklow SPCA, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

€20,000

68

Kilkenny SPCA, Norebank Lodge, Greenshill, Kilkenny City

€15,000

69

Kitten Cottage, Lurganboy, Virginia, Co. Cavan

€4,500

70

Kenmare Locality Animal Welfare Society (KLAWS), Killarney, Co. Kerry

€5,000

71

KWWSPCA  Pound Dogs, Craddockstown Road, Naas, Co. Kildare

€3,000

72

Laois SPCA Ltd,  Baltracey, Donadea, Co. Kildare

€17,000

73

Last Hope Animal Charity,  Navan, Co. Meath

€10,000

74

Leinster Horse & Pony Rescue, Navan Road, Trim, Co. Meath

€4,000

75

Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre Ltd, Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim

€17,000

76

Lily's Rescue, Annagherin, Shercock, Co. Cavan

€3,500

77

Limerick Animal Welfare Ltd, Moorestown, Kilfinane,Co. Limerick

€55,000

78

Limerick Feral Cats, 6 The Cottages, Murroe Village, Co. Limerick

€5,000

79

Limerick SPCA, C/o ISPCA, Derryglogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford

€14,500

80

Little Wings Bird Sanctuary, Banada, Co. Sligo      

€3,000

81

Longford SPCA, No 2 Market Square, Longford Town

€23,000

82

Louth SPCA, St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

€23,000

83

MADRA , Connemara, Co Galway

€10,000

84

Martina's Babydog Rescue, Ennis, Co. Clare.

€2,000

85

Mayo Animal Welfare, Westport, Co. Mayo

€5,000

86

Mayo SPCA, Pattenspark, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

€1,000

87

Meath SPCA, Nobber, Kells, Co. Meath

€1,000

88

Mochara Animal Rescue Ltd,  Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

€9,000

89

Mollies Animal Rescue,  Duleek, Co. Meath

€3,000

90

Monaghan SPCA, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan

€26,000

91

Munster Lost & Found Pet Helpline,  Ballinhassig, Co. Cork

€7,000

92

My Lovely Horse Rescue,  Moyvalley, Enfield, Co. Kildare

€10,000

93

National Exotic Animal Sanctuary,  Ballivor, Co. Meath

€14,000

94

New Ross SPCA, New Ross, Co. Wexford

€14,000

95

North County Dublin SPCA, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

€25,000

96

North Mayo Horse Sanctuary, Killala Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo

€3,000

97

North West SPCA Ltd, Carrowreagh, Killala, Ballina, Co. Mayo

€31,000

98

North Wexford SPCA,  Gorey, Co. Wexford

€21,000

99

Offaly SPCA, Market Place, Off Market Square, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

€21,000

100

Paulines Rescue, Lauragh, Milford, Charleville, Co. Cork

€20,000

101

PAWS Animal Rescue, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

€40,000

102

Phibsboro Cat Rescue, Royal Canal Bank, Dublin 7

€1,000

103

Precious Paws Animal Sanctuary, Gurteen, Co. Sligo

€3,500

104

Pro Animale Ireland Ltd, Woodford, Co Galway

€8,000

105

Renvyle Cat and Dog Rescue, Renvyle, Connemara, Co Galway

€3,500

106

Roscommon SPCA,  Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

€20,000

107

Roscrea SPCA, Rosemount, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

€17,500

108

Animal Magic,  Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

€10,000

109

Rover Rescue,  Shanaway Road, Ennis, Co. Clare

€4,500

110

Royal Dog Rescue, Williamstown, Navan

€2,000

111

Rural Animal Welfare Resources,  Bantry, Co. Cork

€13,000

112

Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust For Nature, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo

€12,000

113

Seal Rescue Ireland,   Gorey, Co. Wexford

€12,000

114

Second Chance Animal Rescue Ltd,  Shannon, Co. Clare

€12,000

115

Sligo Dog Welfare,  Drumcliffe, Sligo

€4,000

116

St Francis Dispensary,  Inchicore, Dublin 8

€12,500

117

Sunset Appeal,  New Ross, Co. Wexford

€3,000

118

T.N.R. South Roscommon, Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon

€3,000

119

The Animal Trust Fund,  Passage East, Co. Waterford

€5,000

120

The Daisy Fund,  Tralee, Co. Kerry

€2,000

121

The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland Ltd,  Mallow, Co. Cork

€120,000

122

The Equus Foundation, Rathmore, Naas, Co. Kildare

€4,000

123

The Hogsprickle Wildlife Rescue,  Broadford, Co. Clare

€2,000

124

The Inner City Cat Rescue Group,  Ballybough, Dublin 3

€2,000

125

The Irish Blue Cross,  Inchicore, Dublin 8

€180,000

126

Tipperary Friends of Animals SPCA,  Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

€8,000

127

Traveller Animal Welfare,  Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

€5,000

128

Twin Town Lost and Found Dogs,  Killygordon, Co. Donegal

€10,000

129

Valley View Equine Retirement ,  Athea,  Co. Limerick

€3,500

130

Waterford Animal Welfare, The Quay, Co. Waterford

€12,000

131

Waterford SPCA Ltd, Yellow Road, Waterford

€30,000

132

West Cork Animal Welfare Group, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

€14,500

133

Westmeath SPCA,  Killucan, Co. Westmeath

€10,000

134

Westown Animal Shelter, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare

€1,000

135

Wexford SPCA, The Veterinary Centre, Distillery Road, Wexford

€42,500

136

Whiskers New Park Animal Sanctuary, Williamstown, Co. Galway

€6,000

137

Wicklow SPCA,  Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

€40,000

 

 

€2,460,500

To view this content as a pdf click: DAFMPR 198/2016 (pdf 545Kb) 

Added 20/12/2016

Michael Creed, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Chris Conneely Blue Cross 20/12/2016

Date Released: 20 December 2016