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SPCA help de-sex your pet

If your dog or cat needs neutering, you can now get it done at the Council’s Animal Pound by the SPCA veterinary caravan.

Thanks to a grant from the Mana Community Grants Foundation the SPCA caravan will be at the Prosser Street premises until the middle of February. All they ask is that you make a donation

Animal Control Team Leader Murray Chilcott says the service provided by the SPCA is fantastic.

“Porirua City is very appreciative of the SPCA’s efforts. This is the seventh year they have been coming to Porirua and we’ve seen a huge reduction in the number of unwanted or abandoned puppies and kittens.”

Murray says dog owners who have their dogs neutered also benefit from a $45 reduction in dog registration fees.

“Neutered dogs are also more settled and don’t roam looking for bitches while neutered female dogs don’t come into season which reduces the incentive for dogs to roam.”

Porirua now has over 80% of its dogs neutered, he says.

“There are 4500 dogs known to us and 3628 have been desexed. Of the dogs not neutered, about 200 are either working dogs or pedigree dogs used for showing or breeding.

“Farmers prefer ‘entire’ dogs because they consider that they have more energy and vitality to do their jobs. Farmers with good working dogs also like the option of breeding them. These and pedigree dogs don’t produce unwanted puppies and don’t pose any problems in the community because they are well controlled and managed.

The SPCA strongly encourages all animal owners to get their pets spayed or neutered, says SPCA spokesperson Mark Collyns. “Having your animals desexed is the choice for all responsible pet owners.”

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