Operation Wanted, a joint 3 month State-wide animal de-sexing campaign driven by RSPCA Qld, participating vets and local councils, is on once again and kicked off on June 1st.
“We’ve had a terrific reaction from Brisbane residents and we’d like to thank participating vets and the Brisbane City Council for its tremendous support. It’s the vets and the shire councils who help drive the campaign and make it a success,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.
The Operation; Wanted campaign has seen close to 180 vets reducing their de-sexing fees by 20% during the campaign. Last year it’s estimated around 20,000 animals were de-sexed during the campaign which equated to 10,000 extra animals being desexed as a direct result of the campaign.
“This year we’re hoping to top that number,” continued Mr Beatty. “There is a massive pet over- population all over Queensland and of course Australia. Over 45,000 animals come into our care every year and the vast majority of the domestic animals have not been de-sexed. 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 were not and are not de-sexing 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 de-sexing procedure is a very good place to start,”
The advantages to having you 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 happier and more relaxed
This year everyone must register to receive the discount and so far 7,500 have already registered. RSPCA Qld is urging people to register now in order to take advantage of the discounts.