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Minister Creed Invites Applications From Animal Welfare Organisations For Funding In 2016

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Michael Creed TD, today announced that his Department is inviting applications from animal welfare bodies throughout the country for ex-gratia funding.

The Minister stated that “it is important that the government acknowledges and supports the great work being carried out by the welfare bodies in protecting animals in need and I am delighted that the Department is in a position to provide financial support to these organisations in 2016”.

In making the announcement, Minister Creed said that the funding for animal welfare organisations was evidence of the Government’s on-going commitment in the area of animal welfare and the important role played by animal welfare organisations in this area.

The Minister stressed that ex-gratia funding is only intended to be a contribution to the overall funding of organisations and that these organisations must provide the bulk of their funding requirements through their own fund raising initiatives. 

Minister Creed, referring to the greater focus on compliance with legislation provided for in the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and the Dog Breeding Establishment Act, said “There are now greater demands being placed on all animal welfare organisations than in the past.  I think it is timely therefore for each organisation to reflect on its organisational model and examine whether there is scope for working closely with other organisations in its geographical area in order to maximise efficiency and strengthen capacity for rescuing and re-homing animals

Finally, the Minister stated that he and his Department would continue to work closely with animal welfare groups in the promotion of animal welfare.  He reminded the public that the Department operated a dedicated email address and helpline for members of the public to report incidents of animal cruelty.

Notes for Editors

Application forms for funding are available on the Departments website at:               

Animal Welfare Helpline:

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

Dedicated email address -

View Press Realese as PDF: DAFMPR 68/2016 (pdf 458Kb) 



Date Released: 29 June 2016