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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. If you have put in an application previously you will be contacted by the veterinary clinic to be booked in when they have available appointments.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinic in Partnership with RSPCA

Join us for our pop up clinic in Merri-bek for a special event in collaboration with RSPCA. We are excited to bring you our upcoming vaccine clinic, a unique opportunity to get your cat microchipped and your dog vaccinated and microchipped.

Event details:

Wednesday 21 February at Fleming Park Pavilion, 16-22 Cross St, Brunswick East 3057

  • Health Checks: 9:30am-4:30pm Wednesday 21 February
  • Microchipping: 9:00am-1:00pm Wednesday 21 February

What to look forward to:

  • Vaccine clinic with RSPCA: RSPCA will be providing essential vaccines for dogs (Please note due to a state-wide shortage, cat vaccines will not be available during this event) and welfare checks for $59. This is by appointment only so please register on the RSPCA’s website at RSPCA Pet Vaccination Event at Fleming Park Hall | Humanitix.
  • FREE microchipping and registrations: Our dedicated Animal Management Officers will be on-site to provide complimentary microchipping and registrations (these registrations will be valid until 10 April 2025) for both cats and dogs that are not currently registered. This is a great opportunity to ensure the safety and well-being of your pets. This is on a walk-in basis and only valid for Merri-bek City Council residents.

Meet our AMOs:

In addition to the medical services, this event is an excellent chance to meet and interact with our Animal Management Officers. You can ask them any questions you may have about animal management in Merri-bek, gain valuable insights, and discover the resources available to support responsible pet ownership in our community.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to enhance the health and happiness of your beloved pets and to connect with the team that keeps Merri-bek a pet-friendly community.

Fleming Park Hall, Brunswick - RSPCA Pet Vaccination Event at Fleming Park Hall | Humanitix