De-sexing campaign goes from strength to strength!

Now in its seventh year, Operation Wanted, RSPCA Qld’s de-sexing campaign which it runs with participating vets and councils throughout Queensland, continues to grow in popularity despite the restrictions imposed by Covid 19.

Although fewer veterinary surgeries signed up to the campaign last year due to the pandemic, the number of animals de-sexed actually grew, proving that the 20% discount was a real incentive.

A total of 155 veterinary practices from 24 council regions signed up to participate with 16,740 animals registered compared to 12,063 in 2019. That’s a 39%increase! Although clients were asked to register on the website many veterinarians provided the discount regardless and de-sexed all their clients’ dogs and cats irrespective of whether they had registered. The RSPCA estimates that the total number of pets de-sexed would have exceeded 20,000!

“Once again we realise that the world is changing, but it’s still vitally important to ensure your pets are de-sexed,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty. “Having an unexpected litter can be time consuming and costly, something families that are already under strain will not be able to deal with. Prevention is always better than bringing unwanted pets into the world.”

“Obviously we’d like to thank participating vets and councils that have already signed up again in 2021 to offer the discount. It’s the vets and the councils who help drive the campaign in their communities and make it a success.”

 “There is a massive pet over- population all over Queensland and of course Australia. Over 50,000 animals come into our care every year and the vast majority of the domestic animals have not been de-sexed. 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.”

There are many benefits associated with pet desexing which pet owners may not be aware of.

  1. No risk of unwanted litters
  2. Reduces their desire to roam
  3. Reduces the risk of some cancers
  4. Reduces other unwanted behaviours such as urine spraying (cats)
  5. Cheaper Council registration fees
  6. Allows pets to be happier and more relaxed