PUBLISHED ON: 1 July 2017
Last year more than 3,000 kittens and nearly 1,200 puppies were born, surrendered or simply dumped at one of five Animal Welfare League of QLD Rehoming Centres in South East Queensland alone. Many more around Australia don’t make it to shelters, rescue groups or pounds, and are abandoned.
As many people are aware, irresponsible breeding of cats and dogs contributes to this overpopulation problem. People who have companion animals are in an ideal position to help curb the tide of unwanted pets.
That's why July has been declared National Desexing Month.
Working with over 200 vets, the National Desexing Network (NDN) (an initiative of Animal Welfare League of QLD) has organised subsidies, discounts and special deals, that will make desexing a pet an affordable reality for many Australians who may not have otherwise had the financial backing for the procedure.
National Desexing Month aims to remind people to desex their animals before the summer breeding season. A list of participating vet clinics is available from the end of June at the National Desexing Month website.
Animals Australia is pleased to have provided sponsorship to assist promotion of this initiative.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Talk about Desexing’.
We are asking communities to talk with their local vet to encourage them to sign up to offer discounted desexing if they’re not already involved. Last year’s campaign saw 202 clinics desex more than 10,000 animals which is an amazing feat considering the number of unwanted litters prevented and the lives of existing animals that will be able to find homes as a result. This year we want to build on that number.National Desexing Network Strategic Director, Joy Verrinder
Not only does desexing eliminate any worry of finding homes for unexpected litters, desexed animals also display less anti-social behaviour (such as spraying or humping), are less likely to wander or fight, have lower risk of developing cancer of the reproductive organs, and generally live longer, healthier lives.
Even if your beloved pets are already desexed, you may know of friends or family who would benefit from this worthwhile initiative. Please spread the word!
How you can help
- Please tell pet carers you know, and check with your local vet, about National Desexing Month!
- Learn about common misconceptions regarding desexing of animals. Most dogs and cats can be safely desexed from three months of age, and there is no health benefit in allowing one litter first.
- If you are thinking of bringing a new pet home please consider adoption as the first option. You might want to pledge to adopt, not to buy! For every pet bought at a pet shop or online, one more healthy animal faces death row in a shelter, and countless others are subjected to terrible conditions in puppy factories. Your commitment will literally save lives.
- Ensure your companion animals wear ID collars and are microchipped to always ensure their safe return to you.
- Support 'pet shops' that focus on selling pet supplies, or help rescue groups adopt out companion animals, and thus don't add to the overbreeding problem.