Desexy Revolution's first Auckland Spay & Neuter Day – a howling success!
By: Desexy Revolution
The aims of the day were to further raise public awareness of the multiple benefits – for owners and their pets – of desexing, and to neuter 15 male dogs and spay 5 female dogs. In actual fact a total of 23 dogs were desexed, 19 were microchipped, and Auckland Council registered 11.
CareVets in Mt Wellington were the day's hosts. A team of 20 volunteers – including 4 vets and 6 veterinary nurses – ensured the day ran smoothly and exceeded its initial goals. Vet Dr Jess Beer comments, "It was an exciting day with a motivated team all dedicated to supporting this invaluable initiative. Our skilled volunteers are looking forward to helping with the next one!"
Desexy Revolution is the brainchild of Chrissy Clements, a founder of the Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming Trust (HURRAH). "Proactively advocating desexing just seemed like a natural extension of HURRAH's work," explains Chrissy. "The fact that we received more than 150 enquiries for our event shows that our message is getting out there, and even more people are realising the advantages of being a responsible dog owner."
The benefits of desexing pets are numerous, with the most obvious relating to exponential population growth. The figures for this are genuinely shocking. One unspayed female, her mate and all of their offspring (assuming none are desexed) potentially add up to:
1 year = 16 unwanted puppies
2 years = 128 unwanted puppies
3 years = 512 unwanted puppies
4 years = 2,048 unwanted puppies
5 years = 12,288 unwanted puppies
Additionally, desexing assists with promoting healthier communities of both animals and people, reduced disease transmission and human-animal conflict. Desexed pets roam and fight less, causing fewer nuisances and reducing the likelihood of getting lost and /or injured.
Most importantly, a reduction in unwanted dogs being born will lead to a substantial reduction in the tragic humane destruction of so many unwanted animals.
The majority of the 150 enquiries received by Desexy Revolution about their Auckland Spay & Neuter Day, were for spays. For this reason, Desexy Revolution's second clinic will be The Sunday Spay Day. A precise date has yet to be confirmed, but it will likely be late May and involve more than one veterinary practice.
Desexy Revolution is a community initiative from HURRAH, a small charity based in Orewa and run entirely by volunteers. Since July 2014, they have co-ordinated the desexing of 69 dogs with the help of vets across Auckland. Desexy Revolution gratefully acknowledge the following organisations, without whom Auckland's first Spay & Neuter Day would not have been possible:
CareVets, Mt Wellington
Urban Dogs Dog Day Care & Wellness Centre
Kiwi Vet Behaviour
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