Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world.
Four out of five Australians have owned a pet, and almost two-thirds of Australian households today own pets.
Despite these figures, around 23 cats and dogs die every hour of every day in pounds and shelters nationwide.
July is National Desexing Month, in time for pet owners to desex their pets before the summer breeding season.
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Established in 2004, The National Desexing Network (NDN) has more than 160 participating veterinary clinics and to date has helped to desex around 200,000 cats and dogs nationwide.
Ingrid's Haven is a non-profit cat shelter in Victoria, an hour's drive from Melbourne.
"When owners don't bother with desexing, many of the litters end up abandoned and in the council pound," Ingrid's Haven owner Ingrid Arving said.
Cats are doing it really tough at the moment, it is really disturbing. Many people are feeding stray cats, and they are not desexed of course, so in no time you have 30 cats around.Ingrid's Haven owner, Ingrid Arving.
"Cats are doing it really tough at the moment, it is really disturbing. Many people are feeding stray cats, and they are not desexed of course, so in no time you have 30 cats around.
"By law, if you feed a stray cat it is considered yours.
"Now, you may not have the money to have even one cat desexed, but if you come in and talk to a vet chances are they will help you, like I do.
"About 96 per cent of animals in the pound stay there because the release fee is so high, health requirements and microchipping are just too pricey as well."
All Haven cats and kittens are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. Ingrid is a devoted champion for desexing cats and dogs and adds that all her cats come sterilised, vaccinated and bilingual in Swedish and English.