'Don't Litter Australia' is the slogan of this year's National Desexing Month. Isn't it sad that dogs and cats are so often discarded like rubbish because they are unable to be rehomed? Around 200,000 cats and dogs are put down in Australia every year. That's roughly 23 animals put down every hour of every day.
Did you know that one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in just seven years? There are not enough crazy cat ladies in the world for that many cats. No wonder dog and cat overpopulation is a big issue.
One of the best ways to do your bit to help prevent this problem is to make sure your furry family members are desexed. And if you haven't already, then this month is the time to do it!
July is National Desexing Month, organised by National Desexing Network. Over 100 vets across the country will be offering cheap desexing this month.
If you have already had your companion animal desexed, then give yourself a treat. You are helping to save lives. What’s more, your dog or cat is likely to live a longer and happier life thanks to you. Desexing helps to reduce the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. Desexed animals are also likely to be more affectionate and become better companions. So give your dog or cat a treat too, just for being so cute.
National Desexing Month is also an opportunity to spread the word about how desexing can help animals. Do you have a friend, relative or neighbour who has not had their companion animal desexed? Maybe they are not aware of the importance of desexing animals or are concerned about the cost. Why not direct them to www.ndn.org.au where they can learn about the benefits and apply for cheaper desexing this month? Or head here to share the message on social media.
Did you know that every hour across Australia, 23 dogs and cats are killed in shelters and pounds? How awful is that?? These poor animals have done nothing wrong, it's just that there aren't enough homes out there for them. To help stop this relentless death toll, July is National Desexing Month.
Check out all the benefits that desexing provides for dogs and cats: 1) less "unwanted" animals winding up in shelters where they may be killed if not quickly adopted. 2) no more leg-humping when guests come round. Aaawkward. 3) less tendency to wander and fight. 4) lower chance of certain types of cancer - which means a higher chance of plenty more years worth of fun together!
For all these reasons, the National Desexing Network (NDN) (organised by the Animal Welfare League of QLD) has teamed up with vets around the country to offer discounts and deals to families who want to help. So if your family (or someone you know) has a cat or dog that should be desexed, let them know that this is the month to do something about it. Animals Australia is pleased to have provided sponsorship to assist promotion of this initiative.
The other way you can help to save a life is if your fambam is considering welcoming a dog or cat into your lives - adopt from a shelter, rather than buying. Bieber and Hannah Montana can't do it all themselves, you know! There's even an app to help hook you up with a shelter dog or cat!
PS. If you're lucky enough to be in Sydney in July, why not make some time to visit the My Human Family photography exhibition at Pine Street Gallery. The exhibition has photos and stories of rescued or adopted dogs which are guaranteed to brighten your day. Yep - guaranteed!
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