Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles
Tails Wagging After RSPCA Grant
Victor P Taffa
Some of the Territory’s most unfortunate dogs will have a fortunate start to 2017 with bigger kennels and an exercise yard, thanks to a $50,000 Animal Welfare grant awarded to the RSPCA.
Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources today visited the RSCPA Darwin Regional Branch to see the progress of the upgrades to facilities.
“Animal Welfare Fund grants program supports not-for-profit organisations that help animals, raise awareness of animal welfare, and promote good animal management practices.” Mr. Vowles said.
“RSPCA is a worthy recipient of the grant as a not-for-profit organisation that operates on limited funding and relies heavily on donations and volunteers to continue their community work.”
“Animal Welfare grant will cover upgrades to existing kennel facilities with better drainage, establishing an exercise area and upgrading quarantine facilities.” Mr. Vowles said.
“Kennel upgrades are 60 % complete. The concreting and drainage is all done and work has begun on building the structures.”
“Staff contributed to the design of these upgrades, so we know that people with hands-on experience are addressing the needs of the centre.” Mr. Vowles said.
“ Being at the shelter isn’t easy on any animal and it’s wonderful to think of them having more room and space to run around.” General Manager RSPCA Darwin Regional Branch Kerri-Ann Laurence said.
“The grant allows us at RSPCA to incorporate the Sheltermate system for updating medications and treatments using an in-situ ipad.” Ms. Laurence said.
“Harnessing technology will help with the smooth management of dogs in our care.”
“RSCPA’s role in the community is instrumental and the much needed upgrades to facilities will provide relief to the hardworking staff.” Mr. Vowles said.
RSPCA-Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals