- Tuesday 08 July 2014
Hundreds of unwanted cats and dogs move from Sunshine Coast Council’s pound to animal welfare shelters each year – many due to unplanned breeding.
Community Programs Councillor Jenny McKay said council was calling on owners to do their bit and desex their pet now to take advantage of multiple benefits.
“Council is a strong supporter and financial contributor to the RSPCA’s Operation: Wanted program offering a 20% discount off desexing and microchipping procedures at participating vets Coast-wide until August 31, plus the chance to win prizes,” Cr McKay said.
“It’s also perfect timing for animal owners to further benefit from this promotion with animal registration renewals due in September, as owners of desexed and microchipped cats and dogs receive a significant discount for registering their pets.
“But the most important factor is about being a responsible pet owner and helping to reduce more than 400 unwanted, unloved cats and dogs that are moved through our pound to local animal welfare shelters every year.
“And it is thanks to the likes of Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 4Paws and RSPCA that these innocent pets have a second chance at a forever home.
“Operation: Wanted’s mission is to ensure every puppy and kitten in Queensland has a loving home to go and to achieve this by encouraging people to desex their pets and reduce unplanned breeding.”
The six participating vets in the Sunshine Coast Council region are Woombye Veterinary Surgery, Maleny District Vet Surgeons, Chancellor Park Veterinary Surgery, Kawana Waters Veterinary Surgery, Currimundi Veterinary Surgery and Greencross Vets Caloundra.
The Major Prize is a Pet friendly holiday: seven nights at the Coolum QRI Lifestyle Holiday units on the Sunshine Coast, plus $500 spending money. There is also a $1200 fuel voucher to be won in each participating region.
Entry forms are available at the participating vets following your pet’s operation.
The nine council regions involved in Operation: Wanted are Bundaberg, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett, Toowoomba and Townsville. This is a trial and if successful it may be expanded state-wide next year.
For further details visit council’s website - www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.