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Veterinary practices in Queensland have signed up to RSPCA Qld’s 2021 desexing campaign so far!

Now in its 6th year, Operation Wanted is a joint 3 month statewide animal desexing campaign driven by RSPCA Qld, participating vets and local councils. Starting on June 1, 2021, participating vets will be offering their local communities 20% off dog and cat desexing.

We know the world has changed quite significantly due to COVID-19, but it’s still vitally important to ensure your pets are desexed to prevent unplanned pregnancies! 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.

“Every year we have a terrific reaction from Queensland residents and we’d like to thank participating vets and councils that have already signed up again in 2020 to offer the discount. It’s the vets and the shire councils who help drive the campaign in their communities and make it a success,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.

Last year it’s estimated around 20,000 animals were desexed in Queensland during the campaign which equated to 10,000 extra animals being desexed as a direct result.

“This year we’re hoping that despite the difficult circumstances, we will continue to see pets being desexed,” continued Mr Beatty. “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 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 were not and are not 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.”

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

  • No risk of unwanted litters
  • Reduces their desire to roam
  • Reduces the 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

If you are thinking about desexing your pet, you can register to receive your unique discount code to provide to participating vets. 

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