Funding awards of €2,460,500 were today announced for 137 animal welfare organisations throughout the country involved in protecting animal welfare by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

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.

“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.

“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, according to the Department.

“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.”

I am greatly concerned with continuing incidences of sheep being terrorised and killed by roaming dogs.

“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.

The Minister went on to 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.

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.

“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.

Organisation Name and Address 2016
A Dog’s Life, Glenmore, Co Kilkenny €5,000
Ainmhithe Animal Rescue,Ballina, Co. Mayo €9,500
An Cat Dubh,  Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare. €5,000
Animal Help Net Kerry,  Tralee, Co. Kerry €5,000
ASH Animal Rescue, Rathangan, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow €28,000
Animals in Need Donegal Ltd,  Donegal Town, Co Donegal €25,000
Athlone & West Midlands SPCA,  Ballinasloe, Co. Roscommon €4,000
Athlone Animal Welfare,  Athlone, Co. Westmeath €1,000
Aughrim Cat Rescue,  Aughrim, Co. Wicklow €2,000
Blackwater Animal Rescue, Lismount, Kilworth, Co. Cork €4,000
Burren Animal Rescue, Rockforest, Tubber, Co. Clare €3,500
Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, Thurles, Co. Tipperary €2,000
Carrick Dog Shelter Ltd, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan €16,000
Cat & Dog Protection Association of Ireland,  Nrth Brunswick St, Dublin 7 €19,000
Cat’s Aid, Loughlinstown, DunLaoghaire, Co. Dublin €10,000
Cavan SPCA,  Shankill, Cavan €27,000
Chipper’s Sanctuary,  Gorey, Co. Wexford €6,000
Clare Greyhound Project, Doolin, Co. Clare €1,000
Clare SPCA, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare €17,000
Clifden Animal Rescue, Ardbear, Co Galway €3,500
Rehoming Cork Pets, Carrigadrochid, Co. Cork €1,000
Clondalkin Animal Aid Ltd.,  Boot Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 €6,000
Community Cats Network, Kilbgrittain, Co. Cork €7,000
Cork Animal Care Society Ltd,  Kilmichael, Co. Cork €7,000
Cork Cat Action Trust, Blackrock, Cork €15,000
Cork Dog Action Welfare Group Ltd, Milford, Charleville, Co. Cork €25,000
Cork SPCA, Link Road, Mahon, Cork €80,000
Cottage Rescue, Longfield, Cashel, Co. Tipperary €6,000
Deise Animal Sanctuary, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford €8,000
Dog Rescue Coolronan,  Ballivor, Co. Meath €4,000
Dog’s Aid Animal Sanctuary, Meakstown, Dublin 11 €13,000
Dogs in Distress Ltd, Ash Hill, Dunboyne, Co. Meath €11,000
Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Castledooey, Raphoe, Co Donegal €4,000
Drogheda Animal Rescue Ltd,  Drogheda, Co. Louth €19,500
DSPCA, Mount Venus Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 €290,000
Dundalk Dog Rescue, Walterstown, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth €7,000
Dungarvan SPCA Rescue Kennels,  Dungarvan, Co. Waterford €15,000
Enniscorthy SPCA, Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford €13,000
Fairyglen Animal Sanctuary, Arigna, Co. Leitrim €10,000
Fellenberg Foundation Ireland Ltd, Flesk, Woodford, Co Galway €3,000
Fingal SPCA, Portrane, Co. Dublin €4,500
Flying Irish Greyhounds,  Moycullen, Co Galway €2,000
Forgotten Horses Ireland, Kinvara, Co. Galway €5,000
Friends For Wildlife, Derryinver, Letterfrack, Co Galway €4,000
Friends of Animals, Cullionbeg, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath €6,500
Fur Babies-Audrey Quinn,  Ballygibbon, Edenderry, Co. Offaly €4,000
Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue,  Knocknacarra, Galway €5,000
Galway Cat Rescue, 120 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway €4,000
Galway SPCA,  Augustine Street, Galway City €40,000
Great Hounds in Need,  Kilcash, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary €3,500
Greystones Kitty Hostel,  Greystones, Co. Wicklow €3,000
Hollys Horse Haven, Omeath, Co. Louth €16,000
Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Highfield Drive, Buttevant, Co. Cork €1,000
Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds,  Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry €4,000
Hungry Horse Outside, Currygranny, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford €75,000
Inistioge Puppy Rescue, Ballygub, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny €10,000
Irish Horse Protection League,  Blessington, Co. Wicklow €5,000
Irish Horse Rehoming Programme Beacon Stud, Cloneygowan, Co. Offaly €10,000
Irish Horse Welfare Trust Ltd., Ballinamona, Arklow, Co. Wicklow €50,000
Eagles Flying/Irish Raptor Research Centre, Portinch, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. €10,000
Irish Red Grouse Association Conservation Trust Ltd, Moate, Co. Westmeath €1,000
Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Merchants Quay, Kilrush, Co. Clare €3,000
ISPCA, National Animal Centre,  Keenagh, Co. Longford €290,000
ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, Dromsligo, Mallow, Co. Cork €20,000
Kath’s Kitty Corner, Oldrock, Ballymote, Co. Sligo €3,500
Kerry SPCA, Rackett Lane, Tralee,Co. Kerry €18,000
Kildare & West Wicklow SPCA, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare €20,000
Kilkenny SPCA, Norebank Lodge, Greenshill, Kilkenny City €15,000
Kitten Cottage, Lurganboy, Virginia, Co. Cavan €4,500
Kenmare Locality Animal Welfare Society (KLAWS), Killarney, Co. Kerry €5,000
KWWSPCA  Pound Dogs, Craddockstown Road, Naas, Co. Kildare €3,000
Laois SPCA Ltd,  Baltracey, Donadea, Co. Kildare €17,000
Last Hope Animal Charity,  Navan, Co. Meath €10,000
Leinster Horse & Pony Rescue, Navan Road, Trim, Co. Meath €4,000
Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre Ltd, Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim €17,000
Lily’s Rescue, Annagherin, Shercock, Co. Cavan €3,500
Limerick Animal Welfare Ltd, Moorestown, Kilfinane,Co. Limerick €55,000
Limerick Feral Cats, 6 The Cottages, Murroe Village, Co. Limerick €5,000
Limerick SPCA, C/o ISPCA, Derryglogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford €14,500
Little Wings Bird Sanctuary, Banada, Co. Sligo €3,000
Longford SPCA, No 2 Market Square, Longford Town €23,000
Louth SPCA, St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth €23,000
MADRA , Connemara, Co Galway €10,000
Martina’s Babydog Rescue, Ennis, Co. Clare. €2,000
Mayo Animal Welfare, Westport, Co. Mayo €5,000
Mayo SPCA, Pattenspark, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo €1,000
Meath SPCA, Nobber, Kells, Co. Meath €1,000
Mochara Animal Rescue Ltd,  Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary €9,000
Mollies Animal Rescue,  Duleek, Co. Meath €3,000
Monaghan SPCA, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan €26,000
Munster Lost & Found Pet Helpline,  Ballinhassig, Co. Cork €7,000
My Lovely Horse Rescue,  Moyvalley, Enfield, Co. Kildare €10,000
National Exotic Animal Sanctuary,  Ballivor, Co. Meath €14,000
New Ross SPCA, New Ross, Co. Wexford €14,000
North County Dublin SPCA, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 €25,000
North Mayo Horse Sanctuary, Killala Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo €3,000
North West SPCA Ltd, Carrowreagh, Killala, Ballina, Co. Mayo €31,000
North Wexford SPCA,  Gorey, Co. Wexford €21,000
Offaly SPCA, Market Place, Off Market Square, Tullamore, Co. Offaly €21,000
Paulines Rescue, Lauragh, Milford, Charleville, Co. Cork €20,000
PAWS Animal Rescue, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary €40,000
Phibsboro Cat Rescue, Royal Canal Bank, Dublin 7 €1,000
Precious Paws Animal Sanctuary, Gurteen, Co. Sligo €3,500
Pro Animale Ireland Ltd, Woodford, Co Galway €8,000
Renvyle Cat and Dog Rescue, Renvyle, Connemara, Co Galway €3,500
Roscommon SPCA,  Castlerea, Co. Roscommon €20,000
Roscrea SPCA, Rosemount, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary €17,500
Animal Magic,  Kilmallock, Co. Limerick €10,000
Rover Rescue,  Shanaway Road, Ennis, Co. Clare €4,500
Royal Dog Rescue, Williamstown, Navan €2,000
Rural Animal Welfare Resources,  Bantry, Co. Cork €13,000
Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust For Nature, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo €12,000
Seal Rescue Ireland,   Gorey, Co. Wexford €12,000
Second Chance Animal Rescue Ltd,  Shannon, Co. Clare €12,000
Sligo Dog Welfare,  Drumcliffe, Sligo €4,000
St Francis Dispensary,  Inchicore, Dublin 8 €12,500
Sunset Appeal,  New Ross, Co. Wexford €3,000
T.N.R. South Roscommon, Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon €3,000
The Animal Trust Fund,  Passage East, Co. Waterford €5,000
The Daisy Fund,  Tralee, Co. Kerry €2,000
The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland Ltd,  Mallow, Co. Cork €120,000
The Equus Foundation, Rathmore, Naas, Co. Kildare €4,000
The Hogsprickle Wildlife Rescue,  Broadford, Co. Clare €2,000
The Inner City Cat Rescue Group,  Ballybough, Dublin 3 €2,000
The Irish Blue Cross,  Inchicore, Dublin 8 €180,000
Tipperary Friends of Animals SPCA,  Nenagh, Co. Tipperary €8,000
Traveller Animal Welfare,  Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow €5,000
Twin Town Lost and Found Dogs,  Killygordon, Co. Donegal €10,000
Valley View Equine Retirement ,  Athea,  Co. Limerick €3,500
Waterford Animal Welfare, The Quay, Co. Waterford €12,000
Waterford SPCA Ltd, Yellow Road, Waterford €30,000
West Cork Animal Welfare Group, Clonakilty, Co. Cork €14,500
Westmeath SPCA,  Killucan, Co. Westmeath €10,000
Westown Animal Shelter, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare €1,000
Wexford SPCA, The Veterinary Centre, Distillery Road, Wexford €42,500
Whiskers New Park Animal Sanctuary, Williamstown, Co. Galway €6,000
Wicklow SPCA,  Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow €40,000