Local pet owners are being encouraged to take advantage of desexing discounts and more for cats and dogs as part of the three-month Operation Wanted campaign.
Run by RSPCA and supported by Bundaberg Regional Council and local vets, Operation Wanted aims to reduce the number of unwanted litters by promoting 20% off desexing from June through to August.
Regulatory Services Portfolio Spokesperson Cr May Mitchell said, as in previous years and as a further incentive, Council was offering free registration for first time registered dogs newly desexed during the above period by one of the seven Operation Wanted participating vets.
“Desexing plays a crucial role in preventing pet overpopulation and ensuring the welfare of both owned and stray animals,” she said.
“Operation Wanted is a proactive campaign that encourages responsible pet ownership and contributes to the overall wellbeing of our community.
“With a 20% discount on desexing services and free first time registration offered by Bundaberg Regional Council, this is the perfect opportunity for pet owners to do the right thing by their pets.”
• Vet Cross Gin Gin
• Vet Cross Bundaberg
• Vet Cross Bargara
• Bargara Veterinary Surgery
• Sugarland Animal Hospital
• Greencross Vets Bundaberg
• Greencross Vets Barolin
RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon said Operation Wanted focused on the message of preventing unplanned pregnancies by desexing, rather than bringing unwanted pets into the world.
“The discounted service in multiple regions will not only help save lives, it will also help pet owners save costs,” she said.
In this financial year, RSPCA Queensland has seen over 4,000 pets surrendered with financial hardship as the top reason for surrender.
“Right now, we are full to the brim with cats and kittens,” Emma said.
“Unexpected litters and unwanted pets coming into our shelters is at an all-time high. Every animal deserves to be loved and have a home to call their own, desexing helps.”
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
To find out more or apply for the discount, head to www.operationwanted.com.au
* Note: Council's free registration only applies to new dog registrations.