The Western Australian Government has opened the third round of its Animal Welfare Grant Program, which has already committed $2m over four years to the welfare of companion animals and rescued wildlife.

A $500,000 funding pool for not-for-profit businesses has opened, with grants of up to $50,000 available. Applications close 1 May.

Jackie Jarvis, Agriculture and Food Minister, said the Animal Welfare Grant Program is an initiative to recognise the significant role that companion animals and wildlife play in the lives of Western Australians.

“Thirty-eight projects have been supported by the program in the past two years, resulting in significant improvements to the welfare of animals throughout both metropolitan and regional areas.”

The initiative supports not-for-profit activities throughout Western Australia that foster and rehome pets, rehabilitate wildlife, and provide subsidised animal health and veterinary services.

Previous recipients have included animal shelters, wildlife carers, rescue groups and rehabilitation centres.

Veterinary clinics, universities and local governments that provide low-cost or free services in relation to desexing, microchipping and the provision of veterinary care can also apply for funding.

Jarvis continued: “We are keen to hear from projects focused on free or low-cost veterinary services in remote communities, particularly the Pilbara, Kimberley, Mid-West and Goldfields-Esperance.

“We would also encourage groups that support companion animal rescue, fostering or rehoming in regional locations or for individuals experiencing hardship to apply, along with projects that aid the rehabilitation of injured or displaced threatened species and wildlife affected by natural disasters, such as the Kimberley floods.”

For more information, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s website.

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