September 25, 2008

De-Sexing Vouchers a Hit With Pet Owners

By DYKES, Mervyn

There were line-ups out the door and into the street when the Manawatu SPCA offered cat owners a big discount for having their pets de- sexed this week.

The 100 vouchers were being offered at $20 each and were expected to be on sale until September 28, but sold out in just two hours.

"It was like selling tickets to a pop concert," said manager Jody Gordon yesterday.

"If we didn't have to write all their names and addresses on the vouchers, we could have got rid of them in 10 minutes."

The vouchers, which can be redeemed for the value of a neutering or spaying at one of the participating veterinarians (usual cost $80- $120), were part of a nation-wide campaign to reduce the number of unwanted kittens.

Ms Gordon said she was surprised there were so many people who wanted their cats de-sexed and said most people really deserved the benefits of the vouchers.

However, several people in the line-up didn't have cats, but were trying for a voucher "just in case". There were even a couple of cat breeders who joined the line, seeking a cheap snip.

"We took names of those who missed out just in case," she said. "We might bring back the vouchers again some time in the future."

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