Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the success to date of Council’s partnership with the National Desexing Network and Quirindi Veterinary Clinic, during National Desexing Month, providing a subsidised desexing program for pets. He said the uptake to date has been such that the initial funding allocated to the project had been expended and that Council would provide further funding to continue the program until the end of September.
“Dr Joy Verrinder, from the National Desexing Network, reported to Council that the original funding had resulted in 15 cat desexing vouchers being issued along with 5 for dogs and that others have been put on a waiting list. The additional funding now provided will allow further procedures to be undertaken,” he said.
“The positive impact of the procedures undertaken so far is highlighted with Dr Verrinder pointing out that they have prevented the possibility of a further 50 pups and 180 kittens being born in the first year, and if these progeny were not desexed, 500 pups and 1800 kittens could have been born in the second year,” he continued.
“This desexing program is designed to assist Shire residents with low incomes. Those residents in need of this assistance should phone the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992 to arrange a voucher which they will then present at the Quirindi Veterinary Clinic to have the procedure carried out.
“The program offers substantial savings to those who participate. The cost is $55 to desex a male cat and $65 for female cats, with additional female cats in the same household costing $50. Dog owners pay just $50 - $80 toward the desexing cost, depending on size. Desexing will also save owners from the NSW Government’s requirement to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee for non desexed cats over 4 months of age,” he said.
“Responsible care of pets, including desexing, assist to improve your pet’s health and longevity. Additionally, you can save yourself from large future bills from all the health complications that could come from an undesexed pet plus you are preventing unwanted litters ending up in the Animal Welfare Facility. Desexing also has benefits for the environment and landowners reducing the number of feral cats and dogs that prey on wildlife and stock.
“Thank you to the National Desexing Network and Quirindi Veterinary Clinic for partnering with Council on this initiative, your contribution is greatly appreciated,” Councillor Hope concluded.