Desexing your dog or cat

Desexing requirements

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

While it is not compulsory to desex your dog, if you do desex your dog you receive a substantial reduction on the registration fee when you register your pet.

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, from the RSPCA and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Free Cat Desexing program

After a successful trial last year, the free cat desexing program is running again in 2021. We are offering free cat desexing to concession card holders in all suburbs of Merri-bek from February 2021.

You are eligible for the program if you hold one of the following cards:

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

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 Cat Protection Society will contact you shortly to arrange an appointment. If needed, microchipping and immunisations can be included in the appointment free of charge.

Please note the information provided will be sent to the Cat Protection Society as the organisation delivering the program. Your information will not be sent to any other organisations or used for any other purpose.