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Lotterywest supports new digs for Dogs’ Refuge

29 July 2015
  • $1.1 million grant supports construction of new administration building at Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park
  • Building will increase volunteering capacity and include an education centre
  • Completed and operational by December 2015

The Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park will construct a new administration building with the support of a $1.1 million Lotterywest grant announced today by Premier Colin Barnett.

The refuge home cares for up to 150 unwanted and abandoned dogs at any time and works to re-home the dogs, carefully matching them to new owners.

Mr Barnett said the new building would replace current cramped accommodation which was falling into disrepair and included an education centre to promote responsible pet ownership.

"The new building will allow the organisation to properly accommodate staff and volunteers, while the education centre will become another part of the solution to dog abandonment; educating people on how to properly care for their animals," he said.

The education centre would also be made available to other animal care groups such as the RSPCA and the nearby Cat Haven.

The Premier said the State Government was pleased to provide funding to the Dogs' Refuge which has received $75,000 a year since 2012. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson recently announced an extension of this funding for two years beyond 2015-16.

"The Dogs' Refuge operates seven days a week and is very reliant on donations," Mr Barnett said.

"The commitment to the welfare of these animals means the organisation spends every spare cent on them. While it had made provision for new kennels and a quarantine area, it could not fund the administration building.

"We're delighted that this Lotterywest support will mean more of the organisation's 300 volunteers, can be accommodated to help with running the refuge."

The new administration building will be built off-site to minimise potential disruptions in care provided to the dogs and is expected to be operational by December 2015.

 Fact File

  • The refuge cares for 150 dogs at any one time and re-houses 1,000 dogs annually
  • 2015 is the refuge's 80th year of rescuing and rehoming Perth's lost and abandoned dogs
  • WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations
  • Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA community
  • For more about Lotterywest grants, visit http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants

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