Mobile cat desexing coming to Phillip Island
Bass Coast Shire Council in partnership with The Lost Dogs’ Home is running a cat desexing event in Cowes from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 April. Bass Coast residents will be able to get their cats desexed, microchipped and registered with Council for $75.00 – that’s more than a 50 per cent saving. Phillip Island residents will receive an additional discount through funding provided by Phillip Island Nature Parks.
This low–cost, desexing service aims to reduce the number of unwanted and unowned cats in Bass Coast.
Ben Pocock, General Manager of Shelter and Outreach Services at The Lost Dogs’ Home explained the benefits of their mobile service.
“Desexing not only prevents unwanted litters of kittens, it also helps cats live healthier and safer lives,” Mr Pocock said.
“Through our mobile desexing program, The Lost Dogs’ Home makes a positive difference to the lives of cats and kittens in communities across Victoria. Almost 2,000 cats and kittens have been desexed so far.”
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that the cost of desexing their beloved cat is prohibitive for some families.
“The cost of desexing surgery is out of reach for so many families that it is just not a priority, but this doesn’t mean they don’t care for their cats. I encourage all cat owners to take advantage of this opportunity as it is being provided at cost price,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Council is committed to increasing the number of desexed cats in Bass Coast and to reduce the number of unwanted cats surrendered. One way of doing this is to support members of our community to have access to affordable responsible pet ownership practices such as desexing.
“As well as the surgery this discounted rate also includes microchipping and Council registration for your feline friend to ensure that if they ever go missing you can be contacted and reunited with them as soon as possible and avoid the stress of a missing family member.”
Many cats are bred by accident and some of these cats end up running wild, becoming feral and killing native wildlife. Cat overpopulation is challenging for our natural environment and also for the rescue groups and Council who manage these unwanted cats.
Avoiding unwanted litters of kittens is not the only benefit of having your cat desexed. Desexed cats may be less likely to roam, yowl at night or spray strong smelling urine. It can also prevent them from getting certain types of cancer.
Bookings are essential for this event. You can book online at www.trybooking.com/361539 or by contacting Sarah Symons at The Lost Dogs’ Home on (03) 9321 8764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.