Budget funding vital for animal welfare

RSPCA Victoria welcomes funding for vital animal welfare initiatives in the Victorian Budget 19/20, with $3.3 million allocated to expand low-cost veterinary services and improve the welfare of pets by supporting animal shelters and community foster networks.

CEO Dr Liz Walker said access to low-cost veterinary services will help lift animal welfare across the state and the funding boost will have a positive impact for Victorians.

“RSPCA Victoria welcomes funding for low-cost vet services to support people in need to care for their pets,” said Dr Walker.

“Greater access to low-cost vet care helps more Victorians provide their animals with the care they need to be healthy, which improves animal welfare across the board.

“We welcome the State Government’s commitment to increase funding for animal shelters and community foster carers, because these services are always stretched and there are so many animals that need care across Victoria.

“Investing in the welfare of animals has positive benefits for the whole community,” said Dr Walker.

RSPCA Victoria also acknowledges the Government’s ongoing support for the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, which includes initiatives to improve animal welfare across the state’s three racing codes.