We are back, after a brief layoff while Covid-19 cases were high.
If you live in Rarotonga and have a dog that has not been desexed, you are in luck, we are on our way.
The Dog Registration Animal Control Committee (DRACC) has sponsored 11 clinics to date, with the twelfth being held today, at Murienua.
If you are
from Arorangi, and have a dog that has not been desexed, we will see you there.
There are six
more clinics planned over the next three months.
coming soon to a meeting house near you.
To date we
have desexed over 250 animals at the Puna Desexing Clinics. This is a great effort, and to put it into
perspective, these dogs could have produced over 60,000 puppies in just the
next three years, had they not been desexed.
That is a lot of dogs.
staggering number suggests, population control cannot be sustainably achieved
in dogs without a desexing programme.
other control methods, but they are like a celebrity weight loss diet. The immediate results look good, and it seems
like instant success.
But a year
later the dieter is heavier than he was. The positive change is quickly
destroyed because the fundamental problem has not been addressed.
sustained weight loss people need to eat healthy diets and they need to
are gradual and so there is no fantastic body transformation to boast about.
Boring. And hard to sustain, but, after a bit of time,
the positive change is obvious, both to the world and to the person. And it stays that way.
population control follows a similar pattern.
We can make
an immediate impact using methods other than desexing, but within months the
gains will disappear.
the 60,000 puppies?
In three years?
Desexing is the only sustainable, long
term control strategy. It takes time to
have an impact, and during that time it may be easy to lose confidence, to
doubt the impact, to question the choice.
tempted to go down a different path because it is quick and easy. But like a yoyo diet, the gains will soon be
So why does
desexing work? Research and experience
around the world suggest that preventing those 60,000 puppies being born is not
just theoretical, it is a real effect.
those births has a real impact. That
impact is sustainable.
rightly, very proud of the impact it has had, but we know there is work to be
done. We need to keep going and turn the
250 desexed dogs into 500 and then 750 desexed dogs. We need to do the six clinics between now and
And we need
your help and cooperation.
desexing clinics work because the Puna representatives know their community,
the community are involved, and the people respond by bringing their dogs. Long may it continue.