Desexing cats and dogs

ANIMALS Fiji says a mobile desexing clinic has prevented 6,700,000 unwanted cats and dogs from being born in the next six years.

A statement from the Nadi-based NGO, which is operated by the West Charity Trust Society, said this was the result of a five-week travelling clinic by volunteer vets, Dr Holly and Dr Hugh Simon from Denver in the UK.

“Over 100 cats and dogs have been desexed (spayed and neutered) during the last five weeks of this one travelling clinic,” the animal welfare organisation said.

“That means that Animals Fiji and responsible owners who have made use of the clinic have prevented 6,700,000 unwanted cats and dogs from being born in the next six years.”

The organisation has also been working with the Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Association for veterinary services in the Sugar City, where a stray dog population remains prevalent.

“Awareness programs on proper dog care are being planned,” said association secretary, Denise Gibson.

“This also includes the ramifications, as far as the law is concerned, of not licensing your dogs.”

Animals Fiji noted a lone female dog could produce two litters of six to 10 puppies a year.

“This means that one un-spayed female and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years. An estimated 80 per cent of the dogs will survive.”

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