AWLQ’s 20th National Desexing Month initiative kicks off

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The 20th National Desexing Month has kicked off and the National Desexing Network is urging residents to take advantage of discounts on cat and dog desexing to prevent unwanted litters.

While progress has been made in reducing euthanasia of cats and dogs in most cities and shires around Australia, approximately 46 per cent of cats are still euthanised in pounds in Australia.

Cats are prolific breeders with one undesexed female cat able to produce 10 – 12 kittens on average each year.

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s strategic director, Dr Joy Verrinder, said managing unwanted litters is a considerable cost to the community and stresses the animals and the people who have to care for and try to rehome them.

“Cats and dogs desexed in July are less likely to be pregnant or in-season, which makes it a quicker and easier procedure for the animal, and less costly for the owners,” Dr Verrinder said.

National Desexing Month was developed by Animal Welfare League Queensland in 2005. Since then, information and posters have been sent out to vets, councils and animal organisations in Australia each year to encourage community-wide promotion and support for desexing cats and dogs before the spring breeding season.

The theme for the campaign this year is: It’s time we had ‘the talk’… about desexing your fur baby.

On average, approximately 10,000 cats and dogs were desexed yearly during National Desexing Month before 2020. Since the COVID pandemic, there has been a shortage of veterinarians and many disruptions, making it difficult for vet clinics to participate.

“We are very thankful for vets who are still offering reduced prices for National Desexing Month,” Dr Verrinder said.

Vet clinics offering National Desexing Month incentives and veterinarians, councils and organisations offering discounts all year round can be located on the Directory Map.

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