Mayo TD Alan Dillon has welcomed funding of over €126,725 for Mayo animal welfare charities.
He has also congratulated Westport student, Órlaith Fahy, aged 11, who was one of five winners chosen from more than 1,000 entries in the inaugural Animal Welfare Awareness Day children’s art competition.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, has announced funding of more than €5.8 million to 99 animal welfare charities nationwide – an increase of more than €2 million on last year.
The funding announcement was made on the second Annual Animal Welfare Awareness Day where the Minister also announced the winners of a children’s art competition.
Commenting on the record funding, Minister McConalogue said: “Animal welfare is important to all of us in Ireland and is a priority for me and the Government. I am delighted to announce today the highest ever level of funding of €5.8m to animal welfare charities. This money will go to support organisations across the country working to protect and take care of animals. The additional funding provided this year will make a real difference by improving the welfare of animals in Ireland. Those who work for animal welfare charities are frontline workers and treat it as a vocation. We are extremely grateful of the tremendous work they do in keeping pets and animals safe.”
Deputy Dillon said he was delighted three Mayo charities will receive funding. A total of €59,800 has been awarded to the North West SPCA, €33,375 to The Mayo SPCA and Ainmhite Animal Rescue will receive €33,550.
Deputy Dillon said: “These Mayo organisations operate on a voluntary basis and carry out vital work in communities across our county.
It is also worth reminding people at this time of year that pet ownership comes with significant responsibilities and people should think carefully before buying a pet for Christmas. I would urge prospective pet owners to consider rehoming or fostering from a reputable animal welfare organisation, before buying.”
More than 1,000 excellent entries were received from children aged 10 to 12 across the country for the inaugural children’s art competition to mark Animal Welfare Awareness Day. The five winning entries were chosen by a judging panel led by ISPCA ambassador Rosanna Davison.
Ava McCole, 11, Co Galway, Joey Hughes, 12, Co Cavan, Sofia Vicinska, 11, Co Cavan, Órlaith Fahy, 11, Co Mayo and Brónagh Feeney 11, Co Sligo, were chosen as worthy winners from more than 1,000 entries to be awarded as winners in the inaugural Animal Welfare Awareness Day children’s art competition. Entrants were asked to draw their favourite animal.
“I want to congratulate our winning Mayo entrant, Órlaith Fahy, who was presented with a specially commissioned certificate to mark Animal Welfare Awareness Day by Minister McConalogue when she joined him on a visit to Farmleigh Estate this week, this was an amazing achievement for Órlaith!”