The Victorian State Government is supporting more Victorian pet owners to have better access to veterinary and rehoming services across the state.
The Animal Welfare Fund (AWF) Grants Program improves companion animal welfare and recognises the significant role pets play in the lives of Victorians.
Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that applications are open for the latest round of the AWF Grants Program funding which will support animal shelters, like the Lost Dogs Home in Cranbourne West, foster carers, not-for profit and community vet clinics to expand their services and help more companion animals.
“These grants recognise the significant role that not-for-profit and community animal welfare organisations play in improving the lives of our much-loved pets,” Minister Thomas said.
“Pets are an important part of the lives of many Victorians – that’s why we are providing more grants to support our beloved companion animals and ensure they get the care they deserve.”
More than $1.5 million is available to eligible organisations under the latest round of the grants program.
This includes up to $100,000 for shelters and not-for-profit organisations to purchase equipment or to upgrade and expand their services, up to $200,000 to establish new, low-cost vet clinics and expansions at not-for-profit and community vet clinics.
Eligible organisations can submit applications to purchase equipment and to upgrade or expand their facility.
Grant recipient and Australian Animal Protection Society (AAPS) General Manager Megan Seccull said that the funding has made a tremendous difference to her organisation.
“The grant money we received has meant we have been able to purchase new veterinary equipment, enabling us improve the level of care we can offer to those animals in need.
“We feel so fortunate to also be able to build some high quality animal enclosures for our rabbits and guinea pigs making their transient stay with us pleasant and less stressful.”
169 grants totalling almost $4.2 million have been awarded to not-for-profit and community organisations that improve the welfare of animals since the program was launched.
Applications for the latest round of the Grants Program are open until Friday, 24 December.
For more information and to apply visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au.