Local vets partner with RSPCA for desexing campaign

Published 9:00am 14 June 2023

Local vets partner with RSPCA for desexing campaign
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

To help curb the number of unwanted animals that come through its doors, the RSPCA has once again launched its annual desexing campaign.

Held from June 1 to August 31, Operation Wanted is a three-month statewide animal desexing campaign driven by RSPCA Queensland, participating vets and local councils.

This year, a total of 15 vets from across the Moreton Bay Region have signed up to offer pet owners 20 per cent off cat and dog desexing.

RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon says the simple act of desexing your pet can prevent thousands of unwanted animals ending up at pounds and shelters every year.

“Right now, we are full to the brim with cats and kittens. Unexpected litters and unwanted pets coming into our shelters is at an all-time high. Every animal deserves to be loved and have a home to call their own, desexing helps,” Emma says.

“The discounted service in multiple regions will not only help save lives, but it will also help pet owners save costs.”

It’s estimated around 20,000 animals are desexed in Queensland each year during the three-month campaign.

To find out more, or to find a participating vet, visit https://operationwanted.com.au/

Benefits of desexing your pet

Unplanned litters can not only be costly for owners, which means many of these animals then end up in shelters looking for new homes.

Some of the benefits associated with desexing your pet include:

  • Reduces their desire to roam;
  • Allows your pet to be happier and healthier;
  • No risk of unwanted litters;
  • Cheaper council registration fees;
  • Reduces the risk of some cancers;
  • Reduces aggressive behaviours in dogs;
  • Reduces behaviours such as urine spraying in cats.

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