The Andrews Labor government is helping more Victorian-era pet owners gain better access to veterinary and placement services statewide.

Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that applications are open for the final round of the Animal Welfare Fund (AWF) Grant Program which will support animal shelters, foster families, and community and non-profit veterinary clinics to expand their services and help even more pets.

Over $ 1.5 million is available for eligible organizations under Round 10 of the AWF Grant Program for veterinary clinic and pet grants. This includes:

Up to $ 100,000 for shelters and non-profit organizations to purchase equipment or to upgrade and expand their services Up to $ 200,000 to establish new low-cost veterinary clinics Support for veterinary equipment, upgrades and expansions in nonprofit and community veterinary clinics.

Eligible organizations can submit requests to purchase equipment and to upgrade or expand their facilities.

The Animal Welfare Fund (AWF) Grant Program improves the welfare of pets and recognizes the important role pets play in the lives of Victorians.

Since the inception of the program, 169 grants have been awarded to nonprofits and community organizations that improve animal welfare, totaling nearly $ 4.2 million.

Applications for the 10th round of the AWF Grant Program are open until Friday, December 24. For more information and to apply, visit

As Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said

“Pets are an important part of the lives of many Victorians – which is why we are giving more grants to support our beloved pets and ensure they receive the care they deserve.”

“These grants recognize the important role that community and nonprofit animal welfare organizations play in improving the lives of our beloved pets.”

As stated by former grant recipient Megan Seccull, Executive Director of the Australian Animal Protection Society (AAPS)

“The grant we received has enabled us to purchase new veterinary equipment, which has enabled us to improve the level of care we can provide to animals in need. “

“We feel so lucky that we can also build high quality animal enclosures for our rabbits and guinea pigs, which makes their transitional stay with us pleasant and less stressful.”

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