The ISPCA is urging the public to help reduce the high number of unwanted cats and dogs in Ireland by spaying and neutering their pets as early as possible.
The SpayAware 2018 awareness campaign launched 30th May 2018 outlines the positive benefits of pet neutering encouraging owners to talk to their vet today.
ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said: “Don’t wait. Do what’s best for your pet. In nearly all cases, spaying and neutering has overwhelmingly positive benefits. It reduces the risk of certain cancers, curbs behavioural issues and prevents you having a surprise litter of kittens or puppies on your hands. We are urging pet owners to contact their local vets and get it done now. Although the numbers of dogs entering dog pounds in Ireland has reduced significantly over the last few years, in 2017 over 11,000 stray and unwanted dogs were admitted to dog pounds in Ireland. This can be reduced still further by neutering dogs and avoiding unwanted litters of puppies.”
Dr Kelly added: “As a direct result of unwanted dogs and cats, animal shelter resources are already over stretched. Last year the ISPCA handled over 16,000 calls to our helpline with 3,300 allegations of animal cruelty by our 9 Inspectors and over 1200 animals were seized by or surrendered to the ISPCA. Our Centres are consistently full of dogs and cats so its vital pet owners play their part in tackling this issue by spaying or neutering their pets. This will go a long way in preventing accidental and unwanted litters of puppies or kittens from being born in the first place therefore curbing the number of unwanted pets that we see every single day.”
Best-selling author and model Rosanna Davison along with vet, broadcaster and author Pete Wedderburn joined the charity to support the annual message highlighting the benefits of neutering and spaying. Rosanna said: “Each and every one of us can make a difference by being responsible and doing the right thing for our pets by getting them neutered as early as possible”.
Fitness guru Rob Lipsett also joined the charity to lend his support asking pet owners to talk to their vet today and get their pets neutered to prevent unwelcome consequences.
SpayAware has the continued support of Veterinary Ireland, with member vets displaying posters and fact sheets in animal clinics and surgeries across the country. Posters are also being displayed in animal welfare centres, local authority offices, dog pounds, pet stores and other community venues and are available for download below.
The ISPCA is also asking people who are thinking of getting a pet to give a rescued animal a new life by adopting a cat or dog from a rescue shelter run by the ISPCA, or another animal welfare charity. ISPCA rescued dogs and cats will already be spayed or neutered and puppies/kittens will be neutered when old enough. For more information about adopting a dog from the ISPCA, visit https://www.ispca.ie/rehoming/dogs_rehoming/
Some facts about the benefits of spaying and neutering your pet:
Research was carried out by the ISPCA on the Perceptions of Responsible Dog Ownership in Ireland*. Respondents were asked to indicate a list of scenarios on the necessity and health impacts of neutering, and the appropriate age and here are the findings:
*The report was compiled by Catherine Devitt, Locksley Messam, Andrew Kelly & Alison Hanlon in May 2016 and based on a study funded by the Irish Research Council’s New Foundation Scheme. The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Irish Research Council. The authors express their gratitude to those who contributed to piloting the survey, and all respondents who took the time to commence and complete the survey.
Read the full report here
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