A GROUP from the Nadi Animal Clinic has taken it upon themselves to prevent the growing number of stray animals in the country by embarking on a strenuous de-sexing exercise for dogs and cats.
Joined by a team of veterinarians from Quebec, Canada, the group spent the last three days sterilising more than 80 animals and gave free consultations to pet owners.
Funded by the Animals Fiji West Charity Trust Society, the group was at Pandit Vishnu Deo Memorial College in Lautoka yesterday conducting surgical procedures to sterilise the animals.
Trustee member, Casey Quinbey said the reason for the free clinics was to encourage pet owners to join the fight against the increasing number of stray animals in the country.
"We're offering de-sexing clinics for pets because we want to try to bring down the number of stray dogs in the country. There's a high population of stray dogs in Fiji at the moment and that is a problem," Ms Quibey said.
"If you de-sex one dog or one cat, you're avoiding 6000 animals from becoming strays. A cat alone can have five or six litters every year with six or seven kittens in one litter. So that is quite a high number of kittens from just one cat, so we want to prevent that."
Ms Quinbey said three veterinarians and 15 vet students from Canada were in the country to help the group in their campaign.
She said the group relied on donations to conduct their exercises.
The group is encouraging pet owners to come forward and take advantage of the free clinics.
Ms Quinbey said the group would be at the Nawaka community hall today from 9am to 3pm.
"Tomorrow we'll be at the Narewa Dispensary and on Wednesday we'll be at the Sabeto Village community hall from 9am to 3pm."