'Snip and chip' mobile to visit
DEPUTY Mayor Tony Perrett summed up the plight of the Gympie Region’s breeding population of abandoned cats, when he observed that people seemed to have much more sympathy for lost dogs.
And the figures back him up.
Stray dogs seem to be much more popular, with 16 reclaimed out of 40 taken into council custody in June, and only five euthanised.
But of 45 cats, 32 were euthanised and only one was reclaimed.
Figures like that have prompted next week’s visit to Gympie by the RSPCA-sponsored “snip and chip” mobile de-sexing and microchipping service (PAWS, or Portable Animal Welfare Service).
RSPCA Gympie shelter manager Rebecca Brazier and Gympie Regional Council compliance co-ordinator Ron Potter joined forces this week to bring an important message to residents on low incomes, who love their cats.
They can take advantage of the heavily discounted service, paying only $40 for de-sexing of either male or female cats.
Another big benefit is the greatly reduced council registration fees for de-sexed cats, from $75 a year down to $16 (and free if the animal is micro-chipped as well).
Other figures explain the need for all this action.
As Ms Brazier observed at the RSPCA’s Gympie animal refuge, one female cat on her own can have four litters of cats a year.
When those offspring cats breed, have their own breeding offspring and mum is still breeding too, the result is one cat having 420,000 descendants during her lifetime.
Males are even worse because they are not hampered by the need to raise a litter.
They just impregnate females, something they can do between two and five times a night.
Ms Brazier says the de-sexing unit will be set up in Gympie’s Nelson Reserve all week from Monday.
But she warns that bookings are essential for the service.
“Monday and Tuesday are already booked out,” she said.
The de-sexing unit will cost an all inclusive $40 for de-sexing, micro-chipping and council registration.
The visit will be there for concession card holders only and bookings can be made with Gympie RSPCA on 5482 9407.