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Minister Coughlan announces 25% increase in funding for Animal Welfare Organisations

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, today announced an increase of almost 25% in the overall level of funding being provided to organisations involved in the provision of animal care and welfare services throughout the country. Minister Coughlan also confirmed that the number of such organisations being supported by her Department was being increased by thirteen to 107, representing every county in the country.

Minister Coughlan announced that payments totalling some €1.46 million will be paid immediately to the 107 organisations to assist in their work in 2008 and brings the total amount of assistance provided by her Department to animal welfare organisations since 1995 to more than €8.65 million.

The Minister paid tribute to the animal welfare organisations and the thousands of voluntary workers throughout the country and said that "these bodies do tremendous work in rescuing, rehabilitating and providing new homes to neglected and abused animals." The Minister said that, while the grants being announced today do not cover the full costs of the increasing demands being placed upon these organisations, "the substantial increase in the level of funding was in recognition of the vital role played by such organisations in animal welfare, particularly in respect of small animals" 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 increase in funding for animal welfare organisations was evidence of the Government's commitment in the area of animal welfare. She added that significant progress was being made in her Department in drafting a new Animal Health and Welfare Bill which would deliver on the commitments in the Programme for Government, including making provision for the proper protection of the welfare of animals and a significant increase in the penalties for offenders as well as the consolidation of responsibility for the welfare of all animals within her Department.

Minister Coughlan said that, given her new fisheries' responsibilities, she was particularly pleased that among the first-time recipients of funding is the Irish Seal Sanctuary which has, for many years, been providing welfare support for rescued marine wildlife found in difficulty around the Irish coast.

In conclusion, the Minister repeated the old adage that "a pet is for life, not just for Christmas." Minister Coughlan appealed to parents and others to think responsibly when considering giving a pet as a Christmas present and reminded people of the numbers of animals that are abandoned every year as soon as the Christmas novelty has worn off. The Minister urged people to heed the warnings and advice offered by the animal welfare organisations in this regard.

14 December, 2007

Organisation Allocation
Ability Dogs, Co Cork 3,000
Animal Help Net Kerry 3,000
Animals In Need, Co Donegal 10,000
Animal Rescue Skibbereen, Co Cork 5,000
Animal Trust Fund, Co Sligo 5,000
ASH Animal Sanctuary, Wicklow 15,000
Audrey Quinn, Edenderry, Co Offaly 3,000
Avalon Greyhound Sanctuary, Woodford, Co Galway 10,000
Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust, Waterford 3,000
Breda & Geraldine Carolan, Kells, Co Meath 3,000
Carlow SPCA 15,000
Cats Aid, Dublin 15,000
Cavan SPCA 15,000
Clare Animal Welfare, Ennis 15,000
Clare SPCA, Clonoghan. 10,000
Clifden Animal Rescue, Co Galway 3,000
Clondalkin Animal Aid, Dublin 10,000
Collon Animal Sanctuary, Louth 20,000
Cork Animal Care Society 20,000
Cork Cat Action Group 10,000
Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) 3,000
Cork SPCA 25,000
Cottage Rescue, Co Tipperary 5,000
Cry for Help Cattery, Co Westmeath 5,000
Dog Rescue Ireland, Dublin 15,000
Dogs in Distress, Dunboyne, Co Meath 5,000
Dogs Aid Animal Sanctuary, Dublin 5,000
Donegal Pet Rescue 20,000
Drogheda Animal Rescue, Co Louth 20,000
Dublin Animal Rescue Group 3,000
Dublin SPCA, 100,000
Dungarvan SPCA 15,000
East Galway Animal Rescue 3,000
Enniscorthy SPCA 15,000
Florence O'Connor, Kerry 3,000
Friends of Animal Rescue Centre, Westmeath 20,000
Galway SPCA 25,000
Glansillagh Animal Rescue, Co Cork 3,000
Hillview Animal Sanctuary, Cork 10,000
Inistioge Puppy Rescue, Co Kilkenny 10,000
Irish All Pure Bred Rescue, Tipperary 5,000
Irish Horse Protection League, Wicklow 10,000
Irish Horse Welfare Trust, Wicklow 20,000
Irish Raptor Research Centre, Sligo 10,000
Irish Seal Sanctuary, Co Dublin 10,000
ISPCA, Longford 100,000
Joan's A.R.C., Glengevlin, Co Cavan 5,000
Kerry SPCA 20,000
Kerry Greyhound Connection, Beaufort, Co Kerry 5,000
Kildare and West Wicklow SPCA 15,000
Kilkenny SPCA 10,000
Kilmeady Lodge Animal Sanctuary, Co Cork 5,000
Laois SPCA 15,000
Last Hope Animal Charity, Navan, Co Meath 5,000
Leitrim Animal Welfare Trust 25,000
Leitrim SPCA 15,000
Limerick Animal Welfare 20,000
Limerick SPCA 15,000
Longford SPCA 20,000
Louth SPCA 25,000
MADRA, Co Galway 3,000
Mayo Animal Welfare, Westport 5,000
Mayo Cat Rescue 3,000
Mayo SPCA 10,000
Meath SPCA 20,000
Monaghan SPCA 25,000
New Ross SPCA 15,000
North County Dublin SPCA 20,000
North West SPCA, Mayo 15,000
North Wexford SPCA, Gorey 10,000
Offaly SPCA 20,000
PAWS Animal Rescue, Co Tipperary 25,000
Petwatch Co Ltd, Dublin 15,000
Renvyle Animal Rescue Group, Co Galway 3,000
Roscommon SPCA 10,000
Roscrea SPCA 15,000
Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature, Sligo 10,000
Safe Haven, Co Offaly 5,000
Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) Co Clare 3,000
Sligo Dog Welfare Services 5,000
Sligo SPCA 20,000
South East Birds of Prey Centre, Co Wexford 3,000
St Francis Animal Sanctuary, Co Sligo 3,000
St Francis Dispensary for Sick and Injured Animals, Dublin 10,000
The Athlone & West Midlands SPCA, CO Westmeath 15,000
The Cats Protection Association of Ireland, Dublin 20,000
The Daisy Fund, Kerry 10,000
The Donkey Sanctuary, Cork 50,000
The Equus Foundation, Co Kildare 3,000
The Inner City Cat Rescue Group, Dublin 3,000
The Irish Blue Cross, Dublin 40,000
The Sunset Appeal, Co Wexford 5,000
The Tigger Trust, Kerry 5,000
Tipperary Friends of Animals, Nenagh 15,000
Tipperary SPCA 15,000
Tralee Animal Welfare Group 10,000
Traveller Animal Welfare Help & Advice, Co Wicklow 3,000
Tryfanberg Animal Rescue, Westport, Co Mayo 3,000
Waterford SPCA 20,000
West Cork Animal Welfare Group 20,000
Westmeath SPCA 10,000
Westown Animal Shelter, Kildare 10,000
Wexford SPCA 25,000
Wexford Pet Helpers, Enniscorthy 3,000
Whiskers New Park Animal Sanctuary, Co Galway 15,000
Wicklow SPCA 25,000
Wildlife Rescue, Co Cork 3,000
TOTAL 1,459,000

Date Released: 14 December 2007