RSCPA Kingaroy offers desexing discounts
RSCPA Queensland launched Operation Wanted on June 1, aimed at reducing the number of unwanted animals in communities across the state.
As part of the initiative, RSPCA Kingaroy is offering 20 per cent off desexing costs for cats and dogs until August 31.
In the past month alone, the shelter has transferred more than 50 kittens to the Wacol metropolitan facility in Brisbane where they have a better chance of being adopted.
RSCPA Kingaroy manager Bonny Clacy said desexing animals helped reduce the number of abandoned animals.
"We need to desex our pets, even if they are male cats or dogs," Mrs Clacy said.
"Often owners of male cats think it's not their responsibility to desex them but still allow their pets to roam around, which obviously continues to add to the population."
Mrs Clacy said there had been more of a push to to manage stray dogs versus cats in Kingaroy and the surrounding area.
"If someone sees a stray dog, they'll do something about it or they'll try to pick it up and bring it to the pound," she said.
"Whereas roaming and stray cats we don't do as much about them."
She said the campaign was a good initiative, yet it really only targeted the responsible owners who were going to desex their animals in the first place.
"We still have to get the message out to the community to people who perhaps don't think it's necessary and let them know why it is so necessary," Mrs Clancy said.
"It literally saves lives and stops (the animal shelter) from filling up and being overcrowded."