Desex your pet

Please desex your dogs and cats unless you have a clear reason (breeding or showing) not to.

Desexing is a simple, humane process that animals recover from very quickly. Ask your vet or the RSPCA for more information.

National Desexing Month

It is National Desexing Month and participating veterinary clinics across Australia are providing specials and discounted rates for desexing during the month of July.  National Desexing Month is hosted by the National Desexing Network (NDN) which is a nationwide referral system for discounted desexing made available to pet owners in financial need.  Their goal is to end pet overpopulation by making this service more affordable to those who might not otherwise be in a position to desex their pets.

AlburyCity is supportive of this program and encourage residents to be responsible by desexing their pet.  There are many benefits to desexing your dog or cat including:

*They can live longer and suffer less health issue
*They are less prone to wander, fight and are less likely to get lost or injured
*It reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying
*They are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviour
*Reduces unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters

For more information or to find out which veterinary clinics in Albury are participating in the program, visit the National Desexing Network.

Why desexing is important

By desexing your pet you’ll not only avoid unwanted litters but also keep them healthier, less likely to roam and fight, and easier to manage. It’s also cheaper to register a desexed pet.

Many unwanted litters happen because owners don’t get around to desexing their pet before they’re old enough to get pregnant, which is younger than a lot of people think. Most puppies and kittens should be desexed when they’re between 3 and 6 months of age.

How can I get my pet desexed?

Desexing can be done by any vet or by the RSPCA. Local vets in Albury include Petfocus Vetcare (formerly Dr Jana’s Veterinary Centre), Hume Animal Hospital and Albury Family Vet Centre. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, it’s a good idea to get that done on the same day.

Once your pet has been desexed you’ll get a desexing certificate, which you can use to get a discount on the fee.

Dogs from shelters and rescue services are usually desexed and microchipped before being adopted out – another reason to adopt a pet.

How much will it cost to desex my pet?

Prices for desexing vary between different vets, so you may want to call around to find the best value. Remember: it’s a one-off payment that means you’ll never have to deal with the worry and expense of a litter of kittens or puppies all needing to be vaccinated, microchipped and registered.

If you have a pensioner concession or health care card you can get a discount on desexing your pet. If you’re not a pensioner or health care card holder and are struggling to come up with the money for desexing, contact the RSPCA.

What if my pet has an unwanted litter?

If your pet does get pregnant and have an unwanted litter, please contact an animal welfare organisation such as Albury Wodonga animal rescue, the Albury Animal Management Facility or the RSPCA. It’s cruel and unacceptable to abandon unwanted puppies or kittens. We impose heavy fines for this inhumane action.