The ISPCA launched the annual SpayAware public awareness campaign which aims to urge pet owners to do their part by spaying or neutering their pets to help reduce the high number of unwanted cats and dogs in Ireland.
ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said: “We are urging pet owners to spay or neuter their pets as early as possible to prevent unwanted litters of kittens and puppies. The procedure brings many positive health benefits which includes reducing the risk of certain cancers, curbing unwanted sexual behaviour and preventing unwanted offspring. In nearly all cases, spaying or neutering is best for your pet and the ISPCA is encouraging all pet owners to contact their local vet for advice and to discuss the positive benefits for their pets. Don't wait until it’s too late, go to your vet and get it done now”.
Dr Kelly added: “We are delighted PJ is backing the campaign again this year. As a top comedian, he’s the perfect choice to convey the message that pet overpopulation is no joke. It is vital that all pet owners play their part in tackling this issue by ensuring their cats and dogs are spayed or neutered.
Top comedian and radio presenter PJ Gallagher backs the ISPCA calling on pet owners to support the campaign which is essential in reducing the overpopulation problems of unwanted animals around the country. He said: “they will multiply if you let them”. PJ is also encouraging potential pet owners to give a loving home to rescue animals that end up in shelters through no fault of their own. This is another important way of working towards the reduction of pet overpopulation problem.
The ISPCA is delighted that also supporting the campaign is best-selling author and model Rosanna Davison along with vet, broadcaster and author Pete Wedderburn.
SpayAware has the support of Veterinary Ireland, with member vets displaying the posters and fact sheets in animal clinics and surgeries across the country. Posters are also being displayed in animal welfare centres, local authority offices, dog pounds, pet stores and other community venues and are available for download here by request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.