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Mayor of the City of Canterbury Bankstown, Khal Asfour, said there are now two important reasons to desex pets.
"Studies show they live longer and healthier lives, and the number of stray animals in significantly reduced," Mayor Asfour said.
The RSPCA, which studied the effects of desexing pet cats and dogs, also found numerous benefits, including:
The City of Canterbury Bankstown, in conjunction with the RSPCA, is currently providing subsidised desexing, vaccination and microchipping services for local residents, with a pension or health care card.
The Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) is available until the end of March, with eligible residents able to call 0417 223 556 any time between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
RSPCA Community Programs Veterinarian, Doctor Ann-Margret Withers, urged residents to take advantage of the service.
"We’re here to make sure your furry friends are protected against certain diseases – conditions some people may have never even heard of," Dr Withers said.
"Parvo virus in cats has recently re-emerged after a 40-year absence in Australia. It is fatal in 80 per cent of cases but is completely preventable with appropriate vaccination – and that’s where we come in!
"So far, we have assisted the owners of more than 130 pets, and we still have the time and space to help many more."
For local residents who don’t have a pension or health care card, Council is proposing to hold its free annual microchipping day later this year.
Residents who don’t have a pet cat or dog and would like one, can also visit Council’s animal shelter, located behind Rossmore Veterinary Hospital, 651 Bringelly Road, Rossmore, or call 0437 637 849. All animals come microchipped, desexed, vaccinated, wormed and with lifetime registration, for a minimal cost starting from $25.
21/02/2018 1:45 PM