Better care for companion animals across Victoria

Support: Campaspe Animal Shelter. Photo: Cath Grey Photo by Cath Grey

The Victorian Government is supporting more pet owners to have better access to veterinary and rehoming services across the state.

Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas announced on Monday that applications were open for the latest round of the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program, which will support animal shelters, foster carers and not-for-profit and community vet clinics to expand their services and help even more companion animals.

“Pets are an important part of the lives of many Victorians – that’s why we are providing more grants to support our beloved companion animals and ensure they get the care they deserve,” said Ms Thomas.

“These grants recognise the significant role that not-for-profit and community animal welfare organisations play in improving the lives of our much-loved pets.”

More than $1.5 million is available to eligible organisations under Round 10 of the AWF Grants Program for veterinary clinic and rehoming pet grants.

This includes:

• Up to $100,000 for shelters and not-for-profit organisations to purchase equipment or to upgrade and expand their services.

• Up to $200,000 to establish new, low-cost vet clinics.

• Support for veterinary equipment, upgrades and expansions at not-for-profit and community vet clinics.

Eligible organisations can submit applications to purchase equipment and to upgrade or expand their facility.

The grants program improves companion animal welfare and recognises the significant role pets play in the lives of Victorians.

Since the program was launched, 169 grants have been awarded to not-for-profit and community organisations that improve the welfare of animals, totalling almost $4.2 million.

Applications for Round 10 of the AWF Grants Program are open until December 24.

For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au