RSPCA partners with local vets for annual desexing campaign

Published 9:00am 14 June 2022

RSPCA partners with local vets for annual desexing campaign
Words by Ashleigh Howarth
ABOVE: RSPCA Ambassador Susan Seipel supports #OperationWanted and responsible desexing.

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

Now in its eighth year, Operation Wanted is a three-month statewide animal desexing campaign driven by RSPCA Queensland, participating vets and local councils.

The event is held each year from June 1 to August 31.

RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon said one simple operation can prevent thousands of unwanted animals ending up at pounds and shelters every year.

“Every year at the RSPCA we still see thousands of pets that are undesexed coming through our doors, and a large majority of those are cats,” Emma said.

“We’ve got to get the message out there that every animal deserves to be loved and have a home to call their own, which desexing helps.

“Anything that responsible pet owners can do to reduce straying pets will also help our native wildlife.

“Straying undesexed pets breed and as a result, can have a detrimental impact on native animals.”

According to Emma, 700 pets have come into the RSPCA Dakabin Shelter in the last two months. 

Of that number, 70 per cent of the cats and dogs that came into Dakabin weren't desexed. 

This year, 116 veterinary practices across Queensland will offer 20 per cent off desexing dogs and cats as part of the campaign. Seven of those are in Moreton Bay.

There are also 21 councils, including Moreton Bay Regional Council, supporting the cause.

“It’s fantastic to see new vets joining this year to offer discounted desexing through to August,” Emma said.

“We’d like to thank all participating vets and councils that have already signed up again in 2022.

“Vets and councils really help us drive awareness about desexing in our communities.”

Last year it’s estimated around 20,000 animals were desexed in Queensland during the campaign which equated to 10,000 extra animals being desexed as a direct result.

More information can be found on the Operation Wanted website.

RSPCA partners with local vets for annual desexing campaign
ABOVE: RSPCA QLD Ambassador Shayna Jack and pup, Willa, are avid supporters of responsible pet ownership and desexing with #OperationWanted.

What are the benefits of desexing your cat or dog?

• No risk of unwanted litters

• Reduces their desire to roam

• Reduces the risk of some cancers

• Reduces other unwanted behaviours such as urine spraying (cats)

• Cheaper Council registration fees

• Allows pets to be happier and more relaxed

RSPCA partners with local vets for annual desexing campaign

Providing care for mum and her unwanted pups 

Maggie the border collie cross was recently surrendered to the RSPCA with her 11 puppies (pictured above).

They are now all receiving the care they need in foster homes before they can go on to start new lives of their own and feel loved once again.

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