“I just do it without thinking, and when it all falls into place it is just such a wonderful feeling,” says Elaine Schutt as she speaks fondly of her most recent adoptee, Kia the six week old kitten.
I originally met Elaine from Eurobodalla Animal Welfare League with intentions to chat about National Desexing Month which kicks off this week however the story was interrupted by two rescue Dachshunds and Elaine’s unmissable bond with the animals.
“Kia is 10 weeks old, she was found a couple weeks ago in Potato Point when some people went to get into their car to got to work and heard some very faint meows coming from the front, and there curled up in the engine was Kia, that’s how she got her name.”
Before Elaine’s heart led her to animal rescue she had a long standing career as a debt collector where she spent her days on the phone asking people for money. Since retiring she swapped cash for kittens with her phone on seven days a week for rescues.
“I’m the first point of contact in an animal rescue emergency, unlike many other rescue organisations I take calls from 9 to 6 pm 7 days a week.”
“I’d like to see a lot more animals being desexed, because of the unwanted litter they have – half a dozen kittens or puppies,” Elaine says.
RSPCA and Eurobodalla Shire Council are hosting a FREE Microchipping Day in Narooma on July 20 where you can book your cat or dog for free microchipping. Pet owners will also be entitled to a $50 discount for desexing at the vet of their choice.
President of the RSPCA Eurobodalla, Louise Webb says “July is about Animal Welfare League and ourselves providing discount desexing vouchers to all, not just those people on a pension or benefit, which is how they are allocated for the rest of the year. It is a particularly beneficial offer because new legislation in NSW now requires all cats over 4 months to be desexed.”
Outside of July, eligible low-income earners can receive up to a $120 discount for desexing their cat or dog.
Desexing befits include:
- De-sexed pets, generally live longer, healthier and happier lives.
- They become more affectionate and make better companions and are less likely to have anti-social behavior.
- Reduces feline territorial behavior like spraying and with dogs marking territory and mounting other pets and/or your legs.
- Both cats and dogs are less likely to fight or wander when looking for a mate and hence they are less likely to get lost or injured on the road.
- Both cats and dogs can suffer physical and emotional exhaustion if allowed to breed continually.
- Health wise less chance of cancers of the reproductive organs in both male and female animals.
- No need for expensive vet bills associated with litters and then having to finds homes for them all and as from 1st July 2019 all pets sold must be micro chipped.
- Cats can get pregnant at 3 months of age, your local vet can advise you as to what age and weight your kitten/puppy has to be to be de-sexed and vets agree it is an easier operation on a young pet and that they recover quicker.
Elaine says the Animal Welfare League is heavily reliant on philanthropy to survive, “We will sit in the Village Centre for 1 hour and might only raise $100.”
Even though Eurobodalla doesn’t currently have any animal shelters, Elaine doesn’t see the need for one.
“I like to see animals especially young kittens and puppies not put into a shelter situation but in a home where they get used to the vacumme cleaner and handled by kids.”
For more information on desexing or about becoming an at home animal career, call Elaine at the Animal Welfare League on 0436 816 718. Or to book your cat or dog in for free microchipping at the Narooma Leisure Centre call 0429 488 200 or check Council’s website.