Provide urgent funding to animal rescue groups to save the lives of impounded animals
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Volunteer-run animal rescue groups have saved the lives of more than 200 cats, dogs, rabbits and chickens since Darebin City Council started making unclaimed impounded animals available to rescue groups in January 2014. In its 2013-2017 Domestic Animal Management Plan, Darebin Council committed to targets of saving 90% of unclaimed dogs and 50% of unclaimed cats by 2017. Thanks to the hard work of a small number of animal rescue groups, these targets have already been exceeded. Despite the remarkable achievements of the rescue groups in saving Darebin’s animals, in June this year council voted to reject a proposal for a modest subsidy to assist rescue groups with the cost of providing basic vet work to rescued animals. In the absence of funding, and assistance to promote the adoption of rescued animals to local residents, these volunteer-run animal rescue groups are unable to meet the costs of providing veterinary care to the large number of animals requiring rescue from council's high-paid, high-kill contractor. As a result, the lives of impounded animals are being placed at serious risk. This is not consistent with the values of the community. We expect homeless animals - like Murphy, Marlow, Socks and Maggie (pictured) - to be rehomed, not killed.
We demand that Darebin City Council provide URGENT funding to animal rescue groups to assist them with the cost of vaccinating, microchipping and desexing animals rescued from the council-contracted pound. This will help to ensure that the groups can continue to save the lives of Darebin animals, and council will meet the targets set out in its Domestic Animal Management Plan.
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