Low-cost pet desexing service a relief for owners
TANIA Compton loves her two dogs - but says the vet and desexing costs were the downfall to being a pet owner.
Last week Ms Compton took her two dogs to the Portable Animal Welfare Service to be desexed.
"It's so cheap, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford to get it done," she said.
Ms Compton receives Centrelink benefits, but said she still worries about vet fees.
"Pet food I can cope with but if anything happens, it's pretty scary.
"They get walked every day and we take care of them very well.
"We're very protective of them because I wouldn't be able to afford vet costs, I'd have to surrender them," she said.
The benefit of desexing was obvious to her - mainly due to her two-year-old mini foxy Lilly not going through heat.
She said she booked the service as soon as she heard it was available.
"We've gone through two before ... it was pretty full on. I wasn't looking forward to the third time," she said.
The Portable Animal Welfare Service was offered all last week.
It desexed 74 local dogs and cats.
Pets were microchipped if they were not already and, to be eligible for the service, the dogs and cats needed to be registered.
It was offered to low-income earners and health and pension card holders as first priority, then was opened to the public.