Friends of Kempsey Pound urges for desexing to prevent unwanted litters

Friends of Kempsy Pound Inc is urging local residents to get their pets desexed in National Dexing Month this July.

“Pet owners can play a vital role in preventing unwanted kittens and puppies, that cost communities thousands of dollars to manage and sometimes euthanise, causing great heartache to shelter/rescue staff, volunteers and vets and great expense to the community,” Friends of Kempsey Pound president Marion Crowley said.

“Also caring community members who are feeding unowned stray or community cats can hopefully take this opportunity of discounted desexing prices to get these cats desexed too.”

This is the 14th National Desexing Month initiated by Animal Welfare League Queensland. Information and posters are sent to every vet, Council and animal organisation in Australia to encourage community-wide promotion and discounted desexing of cats and dogs. Veterinarians who sign up to participate are listed on the National Desexing Network website (www.ndn.org.au) so that all cat and dog owners can find out what special offers are available near them and contact the vet directly.

“This year’s theme is ’Not again’. While dogs can have a litter of 5-8 puppies a year, cats can have 2-3 litters a year with 1-10 kittens er litter, and can be pregnant from four months of age and while still weaning their kittens. Once the cycle starts, it’s difficult to stop,” said AWLQ’s National Desexing Network Strategic Director Dr Joy Verrinder. 

“That’s why we recommend desexing prior to puberty at 8-12 weeks of age.”

Ms Crowley and her team at Friends of Kempsey Pound were able to find homes for hundreds of cats and dogs last year.

“Approximately 172 cats/kittens and 324 dogs/puppies were born, surrendered or simply dumped at the pound last year but we were able to find new homes for them,” Ms Crowley said.

Dr Verrinder said desexing the animals creates a safer environment.

“Desexing also provides many direct benefits to companion animals and their carers. Desexed animals are less likely to spray in and around the house or be injured while out looking for a mate. Desexed animals are more relaxed and affectionate and generally, live longer and happier lives,” Said Dr Verrinder.

Last year approximately 10,000 carts and dogs were desexed through National Desexing Month in July.

A list of participating vets and the incentives offered in National Desexing Month in JUly can be found at www.ndn.org.au.

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