A cheaper way to de-sex your dog

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Do you need to de-sex your dog, but can’t af­ford the pro­ce­dure?

Thanks to lo­cal res­i­dent Lisa Lemaire, Porirua now has a low-cost op­tion – be­tween $20 and $40 – for low-in­come fam­i­lies.

Recog­nis­ing the need to make de­sex­ing more af­ford­able, Ms Lemaire was de­ter­mined to find a like-minded part­ner in the ve­teri­nary sec­tor.

‘‘You have a pro­ce­dure that can cost any­where from $250,’’ she said. ‘‘And that’s for a small dog. The ques­tion was how to bring the cost down to make it work for fam­i­lies.

‘‘I did some re­search and came across the CareVets Char­i­ta­ble Trust. I sent an email to Nick Cooper at 11 o’clock at night. Only 15 min­utes later I got a re­sponse say­ing that CareVets were on board.’’

Cooper is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of CareVets and the CareVets Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

Ms Lemaire met with Porirua City Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mayor Nick Leggett and Mur­ray Chilcott from the dog con­trol team saw value in the idea.

Mr Chilcott and his team have be­come a key part of the pro­gramme since it be­gan six months ago. How does the sys­tem work? Dog own­ers should call or text Lisa Lemaire on 022 3177 539 or Mur­ray Chilcott at An­i­mal Con­trol on 237-1089.

They will pass the re­fer­ral to CareVets Porirua clinic – clients are ac­cepted only on re­fer­ral.

Own­ers are asked to make a do­na­tion to­ward the pro­ce­dure.

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