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Thank you to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The ISPCA would like to sincerely thank the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., for the ex-gratia grants announced today (21st December 2017) to 111 animal welfare organisations throughout the country involved in protecting animal welfare. 

The ISPCA will receive a total of €410,000 which will is a welcome contribution to the cost of  the enforcement work carried out by our team of nine Inspectors who are authorised officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act, and our animal centres that rehabilitate and rehome animals seized by or surrendered to our Inspectors. This year 21 ISPCA initiated cruelty cases have been finalised in court, the highest number in the organisation’s history.

ISPCA CEO, Dr Andrew Kelly said: “I would like to thank Minister Creed for his announcement yesterday. The ex-gratia grant from the Department of Agriculture is a very welcome contribution towards the ISPCA costs in 2018 as we continue to enforce the Animal Health and Welfare Act through our Inspectorate team and also as we open our third animal centre. It is also pleasing that the Minister recognised the good work being done by the ISPCA and also encouraged the public to adopt from reputable rescues and also the role of IPAAG in educating the public when it comes to buying pets online.

Minister Creed said: “We are fortunate in Ireland in having a voluntary sector dedicated to animal welfare and the organisations in receipt of today’s funding and their staff and volunteers provide great support and commitment to protecting surrendered, abandoned and at-risk animals".

"The workload for many of these organisations has increased over recent years on account of a number of factors including more active enforcement of animal welfare legislation which has been enabled by the enactment and enforcement of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. Commenting on this, the Minister said that he acknowledged the good work being undertaken by ISPCA Officers that are authorised under the Animal Health and Welfare Act and he welcomed the very active role being played by these officers in enforcing and carrying out their duties as authorised officers in applying the Act to domestic animals”. 

The Minister urged those who are considering getting a pet this Christmas to consider adopting an animal from one of the many reputable rescue organisations in the New Year.  He advised those considering investing in a pet to heed the advice of the Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) and to make themselves fully aware of where their new pet has originated from.   He suggested visiting for a checklist before proceeding to buy an animal.

The ISPCA has nine authorised animal welfare officers and will continue to need the support of the public to maintain our vital work caring for Ireland’s most neglected, cruelly treated and abused animals and we appeal to the public to continue to give their support in any way they can. A see the latest ISPCA Inspectorate Report here 

Please find DAFM press release here and a list of grant allocations here 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the Minister and all the staff at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine a Happy Christmas and New Year.

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