Join the desexing network to save kitties
FELINE lovers are being encouraged to book their furry friends in for desexing under a new initiative by the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the National Desexing Network.
FCRC and NDN have launched a subsidised desexing program to help prevent hundreds of unwanted cats and kittens.
Eligible Fraser Coast residents will pay just $35 to desex their male cats and $55 for female cats, while subsidy funds last.
To help those who have many cats, additional female cats will only be $35.
Maryborough Animal Refuge manager Blair Harris urged those with cats and kitten to take advantage of the program.
"I think it is a great incentive for people who can't afford to desex their cats but want to love and care for an animal," Blair said.
"Council and NDN have worked together to lower our cat population.
"It hasn't eased up over the six years I have worked here - there is still a constant flow of mums and their unwanted kittens.
"This is their opportunity to get that done right now."
Acting Mayor George Seymour said council was allocating $12,000 to the program to assist low inco- me families desex their cats.
"Every year we see many cats and kittens surrendered as a result of the unplanned pregnancies," Cr Seymour said.
"I encourage people to contact the National Desexing Network to find out more and take advantage of this great program."
NDN's Strategic Director Dr Joy Verrinder applauded council for helping residents in need to desex their cats.
"We also thank the local veterinary clinics who are helping to provide this community service," she said.
Dr Verrinder urges everyone to desex their female cats before four months of age, when they can fall pregnant.
"Kittens can be safely desexed from two months of age and one kilogram in weight," she said.
"Male cats also need to be desexed to reduce their desire to roam and help prevent serious wounds from fighting or being hit by a car.
"If parents want their children to enjoy young kittens, they can always adopt a kitten from a shelter or rescue group, or foster a litter of kittens with the mother cat until they are old enough to be desexed and adopted.
"We are now supporting other councils to put this life-saving program in place."
Fraser Coast residents can phone the National Desexing Network on 1300368992 to find out if they are eligible for the scheme.
Participating veterinary clinics include Walker St Vet Surgery, Maryborough Vet Surgery on Alice St, Howard Vet Clinic and Hervey Bay Vet Surgery, Scarness Vet Surgery. On the Fraser Coast, all dogs and cats must be desexed when they are sold, given away and registered for the first time.