MADI (Microchipping, Adoption, Desexing, Information) aims to improve the well-being of pet cats and reduce the number of homeless animals being born on the streets or ending up in animal shelters.
Five months down the track, our mobile vet team has desexed 467 cats and kittens in MADI. On a typical day, they desex 25 cats.
Allie, shelter nursing manager at the Home, has been involved with MADI right from the start, from consultation on MADI’s surgical fit-out to working on the ground at mobile desexing events.
While the team is ready and waiting for a fast-paced and busy day, the atmosphere at these events is always extremely positive and supportive, because we know that what we are doing will have a positive long-term impact,” said Allie.
“I love knowing that we are actively making a difference to improve the welfare of cats and kittens in local populations. Many people do not desex their pets due to cost or lack of knowledge behind why desexing is important – it has nothing to do with how much they love or care for their pet.
Cat owners are really thankful that we have been able to provide them with the opportunity to desex their pet at such a low cost. Most of them have sought out desexing quotes from private clinics, but the cost has been outside of their budget.
“The fact that we have a waiting list after every event shows that it is a service that is highly sought after.”
“It makes the long, tiring days very much worth it. We spend our working lives caring for animals that are in need of homes. By helping to reduce the number of animals coming into the shelter, we are stopping the flow of lost, unowned, unwanted and abandoned pets,” said Allie.
In July this year, MADI headed to Cranbourne for its first-ever mobile adoption event, where 22 cats and kittens found loving new families.