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Help pets to play safe

Veterinarian Akane Nakagawa and vet nurse Taleah Kruger, with Rusty, are promoting the new desexing campaign.
Veterinarian Akane Nakagawa and vet nurse Taleah Kruger, with Rusty, are promoting the new desexing campaign. Rob Williams

"YOU can't teach your pets about safe sex," reads a new, attention-getting poster aimed at reminding pet owners that they are responsible for desexing their pets.

Customers at Animal Welfare League of Queensland Ipswich veterinary clinic will likely notice the poster on their next visit, and the campaign will also include social media.

AWLQ will use the poster to promote the National Desexing Network's message of the importance of desexing pets.

The artwork was selected as the winner of a competition.

AWLQ president Sylvana Wenderhold said the poster used humour to highlight a serious topic.

Ms Wenderhold said she hoped the message would stick in people's minds long after they saw the sign.

"We needed an advertisement that got people talking and one that would have a clear call to action," Ms Wenderhold said.

She said the campaign had been launched in time to reduce usually high breeding rates in the warmer months.

"We hope that people will ... be responsible pet owners and desex their animals before summer hits and brings with it more dumped and unwanted litters," she said.

Ms Wenderhold said the campaign also promoted the NDN, which was a referral system for discounted desexing made available to pet owners in financial need.

Find out more about the NDN by visiting ndn.org.au, or phone the AWLQ Ipswich vet clinic on 3812 7533 to discuss desexing your pet.

PROTECT YOUR PET

Female pets can experience exhaustion if breeding continually.

Desexing means pets are less prone to wander, fight, and spray indoors.

Reduces the number of unwanted puppies and kittens.

Topics:  animals, desexing, pets


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