Do Your Pet a Favour...
It’s a distressing fact, but many thousands of animals are rehomed or euthanised each year due to an over supply of pets. Put simply – there’s more animals than there are homes for them. As an example, cats will begin to breed from about 4 months of age, and if that litter is not desexed the issue compounds and before long there will be many many unwanted and undesexed cats looking for homes.
It’s a common misconception that desexing your pet will negatively affect their personality, or that all pets should have a ‘first litter’. Because, actually, it’s the opposite. Desexing is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s happiness and long term health.
The benefits of desexing your pets
- Reduces the risks of health issues such as cancers (eg. mammary cancer, prostrate cancer)
- Reduces your pets desire to roam and the risk they might become lost
- Reduces reproductive behaviours (eg. female cats yowling, female dogs bleeding)
- Desexed animals are cheaper to register with local councils
- Desexed animals are less likely to show aggression and fight with other animals
- Desexed animals are less likely to scent mark (eg. spray urine)
- The cost to desex your pet far outweighs the cost of feeding and caring for unwanted litters, and reduces the number of animals that are euthanised each year.
More information can be found via the Animal Welfare Victoria Website.
OAAT are strong advocates for animal desexing. If you have an animal that needs desexing, but can’t afford it, please let us know. We are also always grateful for any financial assistance from the community.