Companion animal shelters in Western Australia will continue to receive grant funding until at least 2020.
The shelters, located across the State, provide an important service rescuing unwanted pets and promoting responsible ownership.
The Companion Animal Shelters funding program will provide another $200,000 per year for the next four years, bringing the total funding through the program to $1.6 million since it began in 2012.
Funding the rescue, care and shelter of neglected companion animals like cats and dogs reduces the threat to WA's indigenous wildlife from strays and ensures that unwanted pets are microchipped, sterilised and vaccinated before being rehomed.
This supports WA legislation, the Cat Act 2011 and the amended Dog Act 1976, which require pet owners to take responsible care of their animals. Dog microchipping has been compulsory since November 2015.
The funding program, administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities, has resulted in more than 14,036 domestic pets being rescued, 11,649 domestic pets being rehomed, and 11,669 domestic pets being sterilised.
The six shelters receiving funding are: the Cat Haven, Shenton Park; the Dogs' Refuge Home, Shenton Park; Animal Protection Society, Southern River; Swan Animal Haven, South Guildford; K9 Rescue Group, Nambeelup and SAFE Animal Shelters, Statewide.