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:
- any veterinary surgery
- the Lost Dogs Home by calling 9329 2755. You can also find out more on the Lost Dog's Home website.
- Lort Smith Animal Hospital by calling 9328 3021. You can also find out more on the Lort Smith Animal Hospital website.
- Cat Protection Society of Victoria (for cats) by calling 9434 7155. You can also find out more on the Cat Protection Society of Victoria website.
- Epping Animal Welfare Facility by calling 8401 6600.
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.
Free cat desexing
Merri-bek is running a free cat desexing program that is available to Merri-bek residents who hold a valid concession card. We are offering free desexing, microchipping (if required), vaccination and free registration until 10 April 2023.
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 there are available appointments the Veterinary Clinic will contact you.
If needed we can also include free microchipping, free vaccination 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 a condition of the free desexing is the cat will be microchipped and registered to you.
The Australian Veterinary Association and the Municipal Association of Victoria have notified Council that they will be discontinuing the desexing voucher scheme. All vouchers must be used by 31 December 2022. The Municipal Association of Victoria is looking into different desexing schemes for the future.