Called Operation WANTED the campaign will see over 150 vets reducing their de-sexing fees by at least 20% for a period of three months. We are hoping 30,000 extra animals will be de-sexed because of the promotion.
“There is a massive pet over-population issue all over Queensland and of course Australia," said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty. “To give you an example, a five person household would need to own 30 cats and ten dogs to keep up with the over population. More than 45,000 animals come into our care every year and the vast majority of these have not been de-sexed. We’ve got to get the message out there.”
The advantages to having your pet de-sexed are enormous.
- No risk of unwanted litters
- Reduces desire to roam
- Reduces risk of some cancers
- Reduces other unwanted behaviours such as urine spraying (cats)
- Cheaper Council registration fees
- Allows pets to be healthier and happier
Apart from the financial and responsible pet ownership incentives to persuade people to de-sex, there are some terrific prizes up for grabs as well. Two Harley Davidson motorcycles can be won and two prize vouchers worth $500 for the RSPCA World for Pets online store.
“So by doing the right thing you could ride into the sunset on a Harley! What a prize!”
“Last year we trialled it in nine council regions and de-sexed over 6,000 extra animals. This year it’s state wide and next year we believe more and more vets and councils will come on board. We can’t and mustn’t give up the fight.”
For more information and to find out which vets are participating you can go to www.operationwanted.com.au and follow the links.