Veterinarian Alistar McKellow and his vet-nurse wife Susan
McKellow spay a cat in a mobile desexing caravan in Dunedin
A neutering caravan is in Dunedin for the first time on
the last stop of a national tour.
SPCA desexing caravan veterinarian Alistar McKellow and his
vet-nurse wife Susan McKellow, of Gisborne, have been on a
national cat and dog neutering tour that started in Kaitaia
in March and is in Dunedin until December 21.
The free desexing and microchipping service is open to
community services card and supergold card holders.
Mr McKellow said cats and dogs had been the target of
desexing work during the tour, but a shoulder injury meant he
was unable to neuter the about 30 dogs lined up in Dunedin.
''The main emphasis of the caravan is cats, not dogs, because
people have a responsibility for dogs under the law. We were
only doing between 12 and 15 dogs a week, where we are doing
17 cats a day, six days a week.''
The mobile desexing caravan. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.
In Dunedin, he expected to desex 250 cats in the
SPCA-funded caravan on the 19-day stop.
If the cats were not pregnant, he could desex four an hour.
Mr McKellow said the couple had worked in the caravan since
its inception eight years ago and had desexed about 21,000
It was the couple's first visit to Dunedin, so they worked
the mornings and were ''tourists''in the afternoon. They
planned to visit Larnach Castle, the Royal Albatross Centre,
Olveston and old friends.