14 June 2024

Not-for-profit animal care organisations are receiving crucial support to purchase or upgrade their equipment and expand their services thanks to backing from the Allan Labor Government.

Local Member for Laverton Sarah Connolly today announced that Westside Community Desexing was successful in receiving a $100,000 Round 11 Animal Welfare Fund grant.

A total of $1.59 million was awarded for Round 11. Of that sum, $1.14 million was granted to not-for-profit organisations, animal shelters, companion animal rescue and rehoming services.

Funding of $450,000 was granted to not-for-profit and community vet clinics to improve services and set up new low-cost clinics in areas of need across the state.

Westside Community Desexing, based in Sunshine, will use the funding to provide cat desexing and welfare packages for senior Victorians, which aim to promote responsible pet education, as well as to purchase a safe, reliable and fit for purpose transportation vehicle for cats and kittens to provide safer transportation to and from their facilities.

Animal care organisations often rely on donations and volunteer support to deliver their services.

For these organisations, there can be significant challenges around supporting animals in their care, including the cost of veterinary treatments, equipment and specialist services to enable the successful delivery of treatment and rehabilitation.

The Animal Welfare Fund Grant Program has been running since 2012 and has provided almost $13 million in funding to animal welfare groups through its programs to date.

For more on the Animal Welfare Fund Grant Program, visit

Quote attributable to Agriculture Minister Ros Spence

“The Animal Welfare Fund Grant Program is making a real difference for low-cost services in our communities, and I am proud to support wonderful organisations.”

Quote attributable to Member for Laverton Sarah Connolly

‘We are so pleased to be able to provide this much-needed support to hardworking animal care organisations like Westside Community Desexing who are caring for some our most vulnerable members of society.”