Cat owners can help lower the population of unwanted kittens during a $10,000 South Waikato desexing campaign.
The campaign starts on November 1 and runs until the money runs out.
It is open to private individuals only and the SWSPCA is asking for a $10 donation per cat. A desexing operation usually costs approximately $85 for a female cat.
SWSPCA chairperson Sandra Harington-Frost said: ‘‘This is a wonderful opportunity for people who have large numbers of cats to have them desexed and we hope that the community will make the most of it and come along.’’
The desexing operations will be carried out by South Waikato Vets in Putaruru and Tokoroa.
There are many benefits to desex cats including helping to stop overpopulation.
Desexing reduces the risk of cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs.
Female cats can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding and desexed cats will generally live longer and healthier lives.
Cats are less prone to wander and fight.
Desexing reduces the cost to the community of unwanted kittens being cared for by services such as the SWSPCA and there is an ethical cost when kittens are dumped.
The number of desexing operations SPCA can fund with the $10,000 is limited so cat owners wanting to take part in the campaign must register with South Waikato Vets in Putaruru on 883 3018, Tokoroa 886 6413.
CAT CARE: The SPCA is offering discounted adoptions on Saturday and a large subsidy on cat desexing during November as it tries to lower its population of abandoned animals.