Unfortunately our society has a serious pet overpopulation issue, which results in thousands upon thousands of unwanted animals ending up with pounds, shelters and rescue groups each year. Whether a litter is planned or unplanned, the breeding of companion animals is a significant contributor to the overpopulation of cats and dogs. If you choose not to desex your pet then you are inviting the possibility of them breeding. We implore the community to understand that this overpopulation is everyone’s responsibility.
To combat the excess of undesexed pets in our community, Animal Aid in Coldstream is launching our Community Desex-A-Pet Fund. You can donate to this fund so that the Animal Aid Vet Clinic can provide low-cost desexing to low income earners to offset the cost of desexing their pet. Help us promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the number of homeless pets entering the shelter system each year.
The benefits of desexing your pet also go beyond simply controlling pet overpopulation. There are also a number of physical and emotional benefits for your pet, including:
- Pets are less prone to wander and fight; and therefore less likely to get lost or injured or display territorial behaviour such as cats spraying indoors.
- Pets are likely to live longer and healthier lives.
- Pets have a reduced risk of diseases related to the reproductive organs such as testicular and prostate cancer in males, and cystic ovaries, acute uterine infections and mammary tumours in females.
- Desexing eliminates 'heat' cycles in females and eliminates the unwanted attentions of entire males from far and wide who are looking for a mate. Consequently this also decreases the number of stray and feral animals.
Don’t believe the desexing myths!
There are a number of misconceptions associated with desexing dogs and cats which need to be corrected:
- Pets do NOT have to get fat after desexing – poor diet and lack of exercise contribute weight gain, not desexing.
- It is not better for females to have one litter before desexing, this will actually increase the risk of mammary cancer.
- Dogs and cats do not have any concept of sexual identity or ego so desexing will not change their basic personality and male pets won’t feel less 'manly'.
A word from Dr Adele Scannell
Animal Aid experiences the tragedy of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies in pets on a daily basis. Desexing is one of the best ways we can address the extreme imbalance of adoptable pets to available homes. Having your pets desexed at Animal Aid is affordable and a small price to pay to avoid unwanted puppies and kittens, and the huge financial and emotional strain they will place on our shelter. Animal Aid's message is clear - bringing new life into the world is a big responsibility. If you don’t have the capacity or resources to guarantee the resulting offspring's optimum health and a loving new home then you should do everything to avoid their arrival in the first place – DESEX YOUR PETS!
To find out more about Animal Aid's Community Desex-A-Pet Fund, please contact the Animal Aid Vet Clinic on 9739 0500.
Dr Adele Scannell
Animal Aid Senior Vet