Vet nurse Sandy Bolstad assists veterinarian Olivia Pozzan in micro chipping and desexing tabby cat Mitzy in the PAWS van yesterday.
Vet nurse Sandy Bolstad assists veterinarian Olivia Pozzan in micro chipping and desexing tabby cat Mitzy in the PAWS van yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Desex cats for population control

THE homeless pet crisis is a big problem and one of the simplest to prevent.

In an effort to reduce homelessness, the Gympie Regional Council in conjunction with RSPCA, offered heavily subsidised cat desexing to all concession card holders this week.

The aim was to help prevent the killing of thousands of unwanted cats in pounds and shelters each year.

Gympie residents took full advantage of the scheme and booked the desexing unit to the point where there are still 20 cats on the waiting list.

With at least 20 cats desexed and micro chipped every day this week, Gympie's RSPCA shelter manager Rebecca Brazier said it was a good outcome that might result in a return visit from the Portable Animal Welfare Service (PAWS) van in six months.

She said the desexing program targeted cats because they were more likely to not be desexed.

With cat surrenders to the RSPCA up and adoption rates down, Miss Brazier said it was even more important to help lower-income households desex their cats before they bred to prevent unwanted litters this spring.

“I've been pushing for this for quite some time,” she said.

“It's very expensive to get the PAWS van here and it's thanks to Gympie Council that we've been able to offer this service to the public.”

Gympie Council and RSPCA split the cost of subsidising the desexing and microchipping program, which was run in conjunction with this month's National Desexing Month campaign.

 

FACTS ABOUT DESEXING YOUR PETS

  • RSPCA advocates early age desexing in both cats and dogs.
  • Research shows early age desexing is safer for cats and dogs, and associated with many health and behavioural benefits.
  • In the Australian Capital Territory, cats must be desexed before breeding age.
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