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  • Animal registrations expire on 10 April 2024. Renewal notices are due to be sent out in March. If owner or pet details have changed (e.g. address, desexed), contact us on 9240 1111 or citysafety@merri-bek.vic.gov.au. Please provide your pet's animal ID or tag number.

Pet desexing

Desexing requirements

When you register your cat for the first time, it has to be desexed.

While it is not compulsory to desex your dog, if you do desex your dog you receive a substantial reduction in the registration and renewal fees when you register your pet.

You can find out more about cat or dog registration on our Pet registration page.

Why should I have my pet desexed?

Desexing your dog or cat prevents unwanted young being born. Desexing your cat helps reduce the number of stray cats, which protects our native wildlife and habitats. Did you know: one un-desexed female cat and her offspring can produce up to 5,000 cats in seven years?

Desexing your pet can help reduce unwanted behaviours like aggression, roaming or scent marking. A desexed animal also has a lower risk of contracting certain diseases and cancers.

More information on the reasons to desex your pet and responsible pet ownership can be found on the RSPCA website.

Where to have your dog or cat desexed

You can have your dog or cat desexed at:

You can find out more information about desexing your dog or cat, including when a puppy or kitten can be desexed, on the RSPCA website. Additional information is also available on the Animal Welfare Victoria website.

Cat desexing program closed 

We have received a large amount of applications for the cat desexing program and the program is now closed.