RSPCA ACT has launched its ‘Frisky Tom’ cat desexing campaign today to encourage owners in the ACT and neighbouring communities to desex their frisky felines this September.
For a second year in a row, RSPCA ACT has broken its record for the number of kitten adoptions in a financial year, beating the previous record by 76 kittens or 9%. This is a direct reflection of the growing number of unwanted felines in the community.
CEO Tammy Ven Dange emphasised the importance of such programs, “We have been fortunate over the last few years to have found so many homes for these unwanted kittens. Unfortunately, this is not a sustainable plan with such high growth rates of incoming animals, and it’s certainly not healthy for our native wildlife either when there is a potential increase for roaming cats.”
As a result, RSPCA ACT has teamed up with five local veterinary clinics with the goal to desex 500 frisky cats during the month of September. These clinics include Curtin, Inner South, Kent Street, Northside and Wanniassa Hills.
RSPCA ACT and these vet clinics will offer FREE feline desexing to owners who hold a current Centrelink Health Care Card or a DVA Gold Card. For those who do not hold either card, they are still eligible to receive a 20% desexing discount.
Ms. Ven Dange further stated, “Based on research in other places, we expect for it to take at least three consecutive years for a desexing program to show noticeable change in the number of incoming animals. With the support of these five Canberra vet clinics and the greater ACT community, we believe it will be worth this investment.”
September bookings are now available for any owner living in the ACT and neighbouring communities who want to participate in the program.
To find out more about the ‘Frisky Tom’ campaign please head to www.friskytom.com