Local vets offer desexing at 20 per cent discount

DESEXING: De-sexing pets is being encouraged by RSPCA with discounts offered at six local vets for three months.

DESEXING: De-sexing pets is being encouraged by RSPCA with discounts offered at six local vets for three months.

Six Redland veterinary clinics are among a swag of vets supporting a three-month State-wide animal desexing campaign.

They are Alexandra Hills vet surgery (3820 2066),  Greencross Vet Cleveland (3472 1980), Thornlands veterinary hospital (3286 7888), Capalaba veterinary clinic (3390 1188), Vets by the Bay at Wellington Point (3822 2333) and Mount Cotton (3829 9199).

Driven by the  RSPCA Queensland,  the Operation Wanted campaign has 185 vets on board to reduce dog and cat desexing fees by 20 percent.

It is estimated that about 20,000 animals were desexed during last year’s campaign, a figure which RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said doubled the usual tally.

“This year we’re hoping to top that number,” Mr Beatty said.

“There is a massive pet over-population in Queensland. More than 45,000 animals come into our care every year and the vast majority of the domestic animals have not been desexed. We’ve got to get the message out there.”

“Plus of course the reason we have such a massive feral cat and wild dog population is because people have not been desexing their pets. These animals dramatically impact on the environment. “

“Anything that responsible pet owners can do to reduce this threat to our native wildlife – both in our national parks and in our own backyards – will help to make a real difference to our environment and this simple desexing procedure is a very good place to start,”

Mr Beattie said pet desexing took away the risk of unwanted litters, the desire to roam, reduced cancer risk, urine spraying (cats), afforded cheaper council registration fees and created a more relaxed pet.

Registration is required to receive the discount. Go to www.operationwanted.com.au to register and find out which vets are participating in your area.