Lillydale and Yarrow Valley Leader – 14 Jun 12, Diane Falzon
Leading animal welfare organisation, Animal Aid, is urging all pet owners to desex their pets to minimise accidental and unwanted litters.
This initiative is offered in conjunction with the National Desexing Month launch in July across Australia.
Animal Aid, in Coldstream, is offering a 30 per cent discount for the whole of July to encourage all pet owners to desex their pets and not be responsible for the overpopulation of domestic cats and dogs.
If this imbalance is not addressed it will continue to result in the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals in shelters and pounds.
Working alongside the National Desexing Network, Animal Aid can educate pet owners about the importance of desexing, and the number of physical and emotional benefits for the pet and their owner.
• By desexing domestic animals, they are less prone to wander and fight; and therefore less likely to get injured or lost.
• Desexed animals generally live longer and healthier lives. They are less likely to display territorial behaviour such as cats spraying indoors.
• There is a reduced risk of domestic animals 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.
• Female pets who are not desexed may suffer physical and nutritional exhaustion if they are left to breed continually.
• Desexing eliminates “heat’ cycles in females and eliminates the unwanted attentions of entire males who are looking for a mate from a large surrounding area.
• Desexing decreases the number of stray and feral animals and consequently decreases the threat to wildlife as there are less feral dogs and cats preying on native animals. There are a number of misconceptions associated with desexing dogs and cats which need to be corrected.
• Dogs don’t have to get fat after desexing – only poor diet sand lack of exercise contributes to overweight dogs.
• It is not better for females to have one litter, then desexed, as this will 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’.
Every day, Animal Aid experiences first-hand the tragedy of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies in pets.
Cats are the by far the most common victim but they have seen an increase in the number of dogs that are coming arriving pregnant.
According to Animal Aid Acting CEO, Dr Linda Marston, desexing is the only way we are going to 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,” she said.
“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 letting it happen in the first place –DESEX YOUR PETS!.