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114 veterinary practices across Queensland have already signed up to RSPCA Queensland’s desexing campaign in 2022 so far! There are also 21 councils supporting the campaign this year.
Now in its 8th year, Operation Wanted is a joint three-month statewide animal desexing campaign driven by RSPCA Queensland, participating vets and local councils.
Starting on June 1, 2022, participating vets will be offering their local communities 20% off dog and cat desexing.
Coming out of the last two years of COVID restrictions, it’s never been more important to remember to desex your pets to help 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.
“It’s fantastic to see new vets joining this year to offer discounted desexing through to August. We’d like to thank all participating vets and councils that have already signed up again in 2022. Vets and councils really help us drive awareness about desexing in our communities,” said RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon.
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.
“Every year at the RSPCA we still see thousands of pets that are undesexed coming through our doors, and a large majority are cats. We’ve got to get the message out there that every animal deserves to be loved and have a home to call their own, desexing helps.”
“Anything that responsible pet owners can do to reduce straying pets will also help our native wildlife. Straying undesexed pets breed and as a result, can have a detrimental impact on native animals.”
What are the benefits of desexing your cat or dog?
- 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