De­sex-your-pet cam­paign re­ceives cash boost

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Free an­i­mal de­sex­ing will be of­fered to Kar­ratha, Hed­land and New­man pet own­ers fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty over the next few months as part of a drive by an­i­mal res­cue ser­vice SAFE to in­crease ac­cess to the im­por­tant pro­ce­dure.

In pro­mo­tion of bet­ter pet own­er­ship prac­tices, SAFE has se­cured a $15,000 grant from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Lo­cal Projects, Lo­cal Jobs scheme to tem­po­rar­ily of­fer no-cost de­sex­ing un­til Septem­ber in each area to pet own­ers who are un­able to af­ford the usu­ally $300-$500 pro­ce­dure for their an­i­mals. SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley said de­sex­ing pets was a cost bar­rier for many.

“For us to have a grant for de­sex­ing is bril­liant be­cause what we’re need­ing to do is get to the root of the prob­lem,” she said.

“We’re sav­ing ev­ery re­home­able dog and cat we can, but if we can stop too many of them be­ing born in the be­gin­ning to have to res­cue them then it’s a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive.”

The pro­gram idea stemmed from SAFE’s con­sul­ta­tion be­tween Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel and Ms Hed­ley as to how the State Gov­ern­ment could as­sist with SAFE’s work in the re­gion.

Kar­ratha Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal vet­eri­nar­ian Tim Mont­gomery said all vet clin­ics al­ready sub­sidised the cost of de­sex­ing pro­ce­dures by up to 50 per cent be­cause it was so im­por­tant, and wel­comed the ad­di­tional gov­ern­ment sup­port. “Ne­glect has its birth in the over­pop­u­la­tion of an­i­mals, so as soon as there’s too many to deal with, that’s when peo­ple can’t keep up with car­ing for all those an­i­mals ad­e­quately,” he said.

“Get­ting on top of over­pop­u­la­tion is the big­gest thing to start with.”

Mr Michel said he was glad to see fund­ing go­ing to­wards sup­port­ing Pil­bara an­i­mal care ser­vices. “I en­cour­age peo­ple to take up the of­fer of as­sis­tance that has come through the tire­less ef­forts of Sue Hed­ley, the en­tire SAFE com­mu­nity and our great lo­cal vets,” he said.

Free pet de­sex­ing ap­point­ments for peo­ple in fi­nan­cial need are avail­able in Kar­ratha, Hed­land and New­man un­til Septem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book an ap­point­ment, con­tact SAFE on 9185 4634.

Vet­eri­nar­ian Tim Mont­gomery, SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley, SAFE Kar­ratha per­sonal as­sis­tant Skye Munro and Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel with SAFE an­i­mals Puss-Puss and Yoda. Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

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