Animal lovers asked to encourage councils to apply for Responsible Pet Ownership Grants

Stephen Bromhead with proud dog owner. Dogs are show dogs, important pets and companion animals for many people.

Stephen Bromhead with proud dog owner. Dogs are show dogs, important pets and companion animals for many people.

SUBSIDISED de-sexing for pets, discounted micro-chipping and education for children about dogs are all programs set to benefit local communities from the NSW government’s Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead is encouraging local councils to apply for grants for activities and workshops developed in collaboration with community groups.

“Individual councils could apply for grants of up to $15,000, while up to $50,000 is available for collaborative council projects,” Mr Bromhead said.

“The Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program helps councils to address important issues such as educating children about animal behaviour, how community members can deal with menacing and dangerous dogs, and reducing dog attacks.

“In addition there are programs that deal with the issue of feral cats.”

Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said the NSW government had committed $900,000 over three years towards this important program.

“In the last round of the Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program, funding was provided to 29 councils,” Mr Toole said.

“These successful programs promote safety around cats and dogs and are an excellent opportunity for community collaboration.”

The closing date for round three applications is Friday, April 29. 2016.

The Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program will continue through until 2017.

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