AWLQ and Ipswich Council launch cat desexing campaign ahead of breeding season

Animal Welfare League Queensland and Ipswich City Council have launched a Cooperative Desexing Campaign to assist Ipswich residents in need to desex their cats before the spring breeding season.

Ipswich City Council is contributing significant funding towards the 2017-2018 Cooperative Desexing Campaign, with the program managed by AWLQ’s National Desexing Network free of charge.

“Council recognises the benefits of preventing unwanted animals through its involvement in the Cooperative Desexing Campaign. Benefits to the community include avoiding costly collection, holding, rehoming or euthanising abandoned cats and kittens,” said Division 9 Councillor Sheila Ireland, chairperson of Council’s Health Security and Regulatory Services. “I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment of local vets participating in the desexing campaign.”

Ipswich residents in need call the AWLQ’s National Desexing Network to determine eligibility to receive a desexing voucher. They pay only $35 to desex a male cat and $55 a female cat, with any additional female cats just $35, with the voucher at participating vet clinics, while funds last.

Participating Ipswich veterinary clinics include: AWLQ West Ipswich Community Vet Clinic, Raceview Vet Surgery, Marburg Veterinary Clinic and Yamanto Vet Surgery.
AWLQ has funded a subsidised desexing program in Ipswich for five years. This program has supported the desexing of almost 3000 cats for Ipswich residents at a cost of $140,000 to AWLQ.

“We applaud Ipswich Council for supporting the benefits of desexing and providing funds for the Cooperative Desexing Campaign. AWLQ also sincerely thanks participating clinics for this ongoing community service,” said Dr Joy Verrinder, AWLQ Strategic Director.

“People are urged to desex their cats before they can become pregnant at four months of age. Kittens can be safely desexed from two months and one kilogram in weight. Desexing pets also has positive advantages for their behaviour,” AWLQ veterinarian Dean Tait said.

AWLQ encourages desexing both female and male cats as un-desexed male cats are more likely to receive serious wounds in fights or be hit by a car if out roaming to mate. Desexed animals are generally less likely to go wandering, mark their territory by spraying, or be aggressive,” Dr Tait continued.

Feeding un-desexed cats increases the breeding rate, so it is important to prevent this by ensuring cats are desexed. AWLQ recommends that anyone feeding a stray cat takes it to the vet to check for a microchip and ear tattoo, which indicates the cat has been desexed, and may hopefully be reunited with its owner.

NATIONAL DESEXING NETWORK – CONTACT: Local residents can find out if they are eligible for the desexing subsidy by phoning the National Desexing Network on 07 5509 9001.

MEDIA: For media interviews: contact Joy Verrinder, AWLQ Strategic Director on 0417 788 063