It's 'Nicer to Neuterí - Dogs
IN a bid to help reduce
the volume of abandoned dogs and puppies, Dogs Trust
Ireland have launched their ĎNicer to Neuterí
campaign, aimed at encouraging members of the public
to neuter their dogs.
Recent research carried out on behalf of the charity
shows 18% of dog owners surveyed havenít neutered
their dog and while this is an improvement of 6%
compared to 24% in 2018, the charity cared for 340
puppies from unplanned pregnancies last year.
Dogs Trust is keen to highlight the benefits of
neutering such as long-term savings for dog owners
and the health benefits for dogs.
Cher, a pregnant terrier cross was
found straying, alone, pregnant and abandoned on a
cold day in December. She gave birth to 11 puppies.
As well as the
associated health and financial benefits, neutering
may also influence a dogís behaviour in a positive
way. Neutering might also be helpful with training,
as neutered dogs are potentially less distracted by
other dogs. This can be useful for owners when
training their dogs, especially when out in public.
For this reason, neutering is also likely to be
beneficial for working dogs, limiting
distractibility when set to task.
The charity has
released a short video highlighting the story of
Cher, a pregnant terrier cross who was found
straying, alone, pregnant and abandoned on a cold
day in December. Thankfully, Cher was taken care of
by Dogs Trust and subsequently gave birth to 11
puppies, a big ordeal, especially for a dog her size
and sadly, one didnít make it. However, Cher is one
of the lucky ones and was able to give birth in a
warm environment and is now surrounded by Puppy
Carers in the charityís dedicated Puppy Wing which
can care for up to 500 puppies each year.
You can find out more information about the Nicer to
Neuter campaign by visiting
www.dogstrust.ie . Remember, itís always 'Nicer