August 3, 2021

A dog’s life: €159,000 set aside for Wicklow animal charities

Three animal welfare groups in Wicklow are to share €159,000 in grant aid from the government to assist with their work for animals in need.

The announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed as part of a record funding awards of €2,906,000 to 106 animal welfare organisations throughout the country.

The Wicklow organisations benefitting from the funding are:

Ash Animal Rescue, Rathdangan, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow €32,000
Arklow Cat Rescue, 14 Rory O’Connor Place, Arklow, Co Wicklow €2,000
Irish Horse Welfare Trust, Ballinamona, Woodenbridge, Arlow, Co Wicklow €75,000
Wicklow SPCA, Ballygannon Mor,Rathdrum, Co Wicklow €50,000

The Minister said: “The Government is committed to promoting and advancing the standards of animal welfare in our society and the organisations in receipt of today’s funding, together with their staff and volunteers, provide great support and commitment to protecting surrendered, abandoned and at-risk animals.”

The Minister went on to say said that he was now introducing new legislation on the sale and supply of pet animals, and publishing a voluntary Code of Practice for Sellers and Suppliers of Pets.  Anyone selling or supplying more than five pet animals in a given year must register with DAFM.

The Minister said: “The introduction of this legislation is the culmination of a public consultation to get the public’s views on the sale and supply of pet animals.  I was very pleased with the response, which included views of animal welfare charities and the industry.

“The new legislation covers the online advertising of pets for sale or supply, and introduces more traceability especially where dogs are concerned, by requiring advertisement for those pets to include the microchip number of the animal.

“These new measures will contribute to my Department’s work in ensuring high standards of the welfare of pet animals are maintained.”




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