LABOR TO GIVE OLD DOGS NEW DIGS

More dogs will be given new homes and loving families with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive boost to dog shelters and foster carers.

The Andrews Labor Government banned cruel puppy farms and gave renters the right to keep a pet with landmark rental reform laws – but there is more to do.

Only Labor will invest in saving dogs that are in trouble and finding them new homes.

Labor will deliver a $3 million boost to Animal Welfare Grants, including $1 million for shelters and foster carers that connect dogs with their future families.

To make sure that animals get the care they deserve, Labor will invest $2 million to upgrade and expand not-for-profit community vet clinics in areas of greatest need.

Services like the RSPCA and Lort Smith Animal Hospital provide a fantastic service to Victorian pet owners and these grants will give them the opportunity to expand and extend their operations.

Labor will deliver a $50,000 boost to Community Vets in Braeside, allowing the local, low-cost vet service to purchase new equipment and upgrade facilities.

The Greyhound Adoption Program will receive $150,000 for a new pilot program, adopting out greyhounds to ten Victorian nursing homes – providing a safe and loving home for greyhounds and companionship for residents. Labor will also invest $50,000 to refurbish the Greyhound Adoption Program’s adoption centre in Seymour.

The Greyhound Adoption Program is Victoria’s most well-known greyhound adoption initiative, rehabilitating retired racing greyhounds to become pets and matching them with new owners. This funding will help the organisation upgrade its facilities and continue its important work.

The Liberals tried to block laws banning cruel puppy farms and have already flagged their intentions to wind back these laws if elected. Only Labor will help more dogs find homes with loving families and make sure cruel puppy farming never returns to Victoria.

Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Every dog deserves a loving home – that’s why we’ll invest in the shelters and foster carers that help to connect dogs with their future families.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“We said we’d ban puppy farming and we have. The Liberals tried to block these laws and keep this cruel practice alive and given the chance they’ll bring it back.”

Quote attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson

“Whether it’s banning puppy farms or this massive boost to services like Community Vets in Braeside – only Labor will invest in keeping our family pets safe, happy and healthy.”