HOME NEEDED: Friends of the RSPCA member Anita Coad with a cat available for adoption.
HOME NEEDED: Friends of the RSPCA member Anita Coad with a cat available for adoption. Luka Kauzlaric

Discount pet desexing service to visit Gladstone

ANIMAL advocates have breathed a sigh of relief, with a long awaited desexing van set to come to Gladstone in early November.

The initiative by the Gladstone Regional Council will see the mobile, fully functional surgery Portable Animal Welfare Service offer desexing of kittens and cats and small to medium sized dogs.

Cat rescuer Anita Coad was thrilled by the announcement, but said it would need to continue before a real change was seen in pound numbers.

"I think it's absolutely brilliant," she said.

"They will need to do it for a few years running to see a difference, but after a while the numbers at the pound will definitely go down."

She said some pet owners did not desex their cats or dogs due to ignorance, or lack of funds.

"Any responsible person would desex their pet because they know it's the best thing for them," she said.

Gladstone Regional Council Environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said PAWS would be at the council's Lyons St depot from November 3-7 and would cost $50 per animal to be desexed.

"The low cost service enables welfare recipients, who may otherwise struggle to meet the cost involved, to have their pet desexed," Cr Chapman said.

"By having their pets desexed, Gladstone Region residents are helping to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation."

Pet owners who do not receive welfare payments can also save on the standard $95 registration fee by having their pet desexed or microchipped (reducing the fee to $50) or both ($25).

Owners must register with the council by October 17.



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