Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced Gunnedah Shire Council would receive a $9,000 grant from the NSW Government to promote responsible pet ownership in the local community.


Mr Anderson said the initiative would allow Gunnedah Shire Council to provide subsidised de-sexing and micro chipping for pet dogs and cats.


“I congratulate Gunnedah Shire Council and their community partners for their leadership in promoting responsible pet ownership. This funding will help to increase awareness and provide affordable services to the community,” Mr Anderson said.


“Many households and families have pet dogs and cats, so this will help not only with the cost of pets, but also increasing safety in the town”.


Responsible Pet Ownership Grants were introduced in 2014 for councils to develop tailored programs to increase pet-owner responsibility and target issues addressed in the Companion Animals Taskforce Report.


Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said this is the second round of the Government’s successful Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program.


“Around $300,000 will go directly to 29 NSW councils in 2015 to develop dog safety, micro chipping, de-sexing, and cat and dog registration programs,” Mr Toole said.


RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman has welcomed the second round of grants.


“Anything that improves the rates of pets being vaccinated de-sexed and micro chipped is something to be applauded,” Mr Coleman said.


Applications for Round three of the program will be called in the second quarter of 2016.

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