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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.

Desex your cat for free

The free cat desexing program is running again for a limited time. We are offering free cat desexing to concession card holders in all suburbs of Merri-bek. 

You are eligible for the program if you hold one of the following Commonwealth Issued Pension/Health Care cards and live in Merri-bek:

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Low income Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card

When you register your information will be sent to the Veterinary Clinic, and they will contact you to arrange an appointment. 

If needed we can also include free microchipping and animal registration until 10 April 2023. You must be a Merri-bek resident to register for this program and you must own the cat being desexed as it will be microchipped and registered to you. If you are interested in having your cat desexed for free please fill out the form below.

Register to have your cat desexed for free

Please fill out your personal details and your cat's details below. A staff member from the Veterinary Clinic will contact you when appointments are available to arrange an appointment. If needed, microchipping can be included in the appointment free of charge.

If you are unable to upload a copy of your concession card you can email CSAenquiries@moreland.vic.gov.au a photo of your concession card.

The information you provide in the form below will be sent to the Veterinary Clinic. Your information will not be sent to any other organisations or used for any other purpose.

Do you hold a valid concession card?*

Below you can upload a photo of your current concession card. If you would prefer not to upload a photo of your concession card at this time or have difficulty uploading the photo, you will need to tick the box below to confirm you will provide proof of your concession card when requested.

Providing proof of concession card

Cat 1 sex:

Is this cat microchipped? (if no we can include free microchipping in your appointment)

Do you have a carrier for this cat?

Cat 2 sex:

Is this cat microchipped? (if no we can include free microchipping in your appointment)

Do you have a carrier for this cat?

How to get a desexing voucher for your cat or dog

You can get a voucher that will cover part of the cost of desexing your cat or dog if you have any of the following Commonwealth Issued Pension/Health Care cards :

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Low income Health Care Card, or
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Your pet must be registered with us before you can access a discount voucher. However if you need a voucher before you register your pet, please visit one of our Customer Service Centres with your microchip details and we can assist you with registration and the voucher. 

The owner will pay the difference in cost after a discount of 25% of the advertised desexing price of the veterinary practice and the council contribution (outlined below) have both been subtracted. 

Dogs

Gender Age Discount offered by vet Council pays (incl of GST)
Female Mature (over 7 months) 25% off advertised rate $85
Female Immature (under 7 months) 25% off advertised rate $70
Male Any age 25% off advertised rate $65

Cats

Gender Age Discount offered by vet Council pays (incl of GST)
Female Mature (over 7 months) 25% off advertised rate $65
Female Immature (under 7 months) 25% off advertised rate $55
Male Any age 25% off advertised rate $35

 

For more information about the program please read the Cat and dog reduced-fee desexing voucher scheme brochure (PDF 1MB).

Cat and dog reduced fee desexing voucher scheme discounts.pdf