The benefits of desexing your pet range from the betterment of your pet's health to reducing emotional and financial animal welfare costs to the community as a whole.
Some council's and rescue organisations can help low income earners offset the costs of pet desexing. Not all subsidies available are widely advertised, so you don't know what's out there unless you ask!
My pet will put on weight.
On the odd occasion desexing can slow an animal's metabolism, though this is not common. Should your pet's metabolism slow down at all it can be easily managed with exercise and by adjusting its feeding regime. Generally, a pet will only put on weight from a lack of exercise and the wrong diet.
It is cruel not to let my girl have one litter first. She will also be healthier if she does.
There is no scientific evidence to support either of these statements. In fact, your pet will have a much increased chance of getting mammary cancer if she is allowed to go on heat before being desexed. Also, having her desexed before she has a litter will be less complicated. She will not know that she hasn't had a litter. She does not think as a human does and does not have the same emotional attachments to the idea. Animals mate out of instinct. If you still think it is cruel, visit a pound or an animal shelter.
My pet will become lazy after desexing.
Desexed animals love their exercise as much as undesexed animals. Pets are only lazy when they don't get enough exercise and are encouraged to be lazy.
My male pet will lose his manhood.
Your undesexed male pet will only be incredibly frustrated by the lack of access to an undesexed female companion. Projecting your own insecurities about your masculinity onto your pet is selfish and unrealistic due to the health problems, injuries and diseases your pet could sustain from not being desexed.
Desexing is painful.
Desexing is no more painful than any standard surgery. Given the possible health risks by not having your pet desexed, and add the burden to you and society if your pet has litters, the benefits outweigh the negatives. Animals recover very quickly from surgery, usually within 24 hours. Your pet will be released with a course of medication which will help their recovery. Once at home you will more than likely have to stop your pet from overdoing it after the surgery!
I want my children to witness the miracle of birth.
Things can go wrong. Do you want your children to witness that? Can you guarantee good homes for the litter? If not, rent a nature DVD for your children. Bringing another litter into a world which is overpopulated with homeless animals just so your children can watch is selfish.
Desexing is too expensive and the surgery is too risky.
There are many organisations and councils that can help with the cost of the surgery. Vet costs associated with illnesses and injuries caused from not having your animal desexed, and the expense of possible litters and extra food, will cost a lot more than having your pet desexed. It is a well-practised procedure performed by vets many times a day with no complications. Surgery resulting from spontaneous injuries and from cancers and diseases can be far more complicated and expensive.
Desexing my pet will change its personality.
Your pet will still be the same individual you had before the operation. Good chance they will be calmer and even more affectionate afterwards. You won't have the frustrations of spraying if you own a cat, or with any pet, fighting, aggressiveness, mood swings, obsessiveness to "get out" and other anti-social behaviours normally associated with undesexed animals.
Given the hundreds of thousands of animals in this country that will be put down each year, and the added health benefits to your pet, there are no valid reasons not to have your pet desexed.
This may be provided through a subsidy, lowered rates, periodic campaigns or a just a cheaper general service. Contact the organisations near you to see if and how they can help. Most subsidies and lowered rates are available to people who meet certain income or hardship requirements, but not all do.
The National Desexing Network (NDN) has enlisted the help of around 170 vets around the country to promote responsible pet ownership by encouraging people to desex their pets through offering subsidised rates. NDN are working hard to get more vets on board, so keep your eye on their website to keep updated with the vets that have joined in your area. Contact the NDN for more information about the program and the subsidy they offer. Also, contact your local council and ask if they offer any subsidies. Sometimes this is not advertised on their website, so best to call them to find out.
|Canberra Cat Fix||Weston Creek||ACT||Cat|
|Bathurst Regional Council||02 6333 6111||Bathurst||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Rights & Rescue Group - Far North Coast||02 6622 1881||Lismore||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League Far South Coast Branch||0400 372 609||Bega||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Central Coast Branch||02 4342 2047||Woy Woy||NSW||Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Eastern Suburbs Branch||02 9371 0356||Randwick||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Eurobodalla Branch||0410 016 612||Narooma||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Great Lakes and Manning Branch||0408 670 757||Forster||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Hawkesbury Valley Branch||0407 453 005||Windsor||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Illawarra Branch||02 4261 1686||Dapto||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Ingleside Shelter||02 8899 3333||Ingleside||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Kemps Creek Shelter||02 9629 2485||Kemps Creek||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW North Coast Branch||02 6684 4070||Mullumbimby||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW North West Branch||0427 591 988||Moree||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Shoalhaven Branch||0429 429 885||Nowra||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW St George & Sutherland Shire Branch||0400 293 558||Engadine||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League NSW Western Suburbs & Hills District Branch||0413 305 523||Riverstone||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Byron Shire Council||02 6626 7000||Mullumbimby||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Cabonne Council||02 6392 3200||Molong||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Cat Protection Society of NSW Inc||02 9519 7201||Newtown||NSW||Cat|
|Campbelltown City Council||02 4645 4790||Campbelltown||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|CatRescue||0408 435 514||Gladesville||NSW||Cat|
|Central Coast Cat Care Inc||02 4368 1649||Kincumber||NSW||Cat|
|DABS Desexing & Rescue||1300 493 330||Canterbury||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Friends of Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter||0410 337 900||Hawkesbury||NSW||Cat|
|Fairfield City Council||02 9725 0222||Wakeley||NSW||Cat|
|Friends of the Pound Tweed Inc||07 5524 8590||Tweed Heads South||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Holroyd City Council||02 9840 9814||Merrylands||NSW||Cat|
|Hunter Animal Watch Inc||02 4961 6133||Hamilton||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Liverpool City Council||02 9821 9222||Liverpool||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Moree Plains Shire Council||02 6757 3222||Moree||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc||02 6681 1860||Ballina||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Albury||0447 367 837||Albury||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Bathurst||Bathurst||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Broken Hill Vet Hospital||08 8087 7753||Broken Hill||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Hunter (Rutherford) Vet Hospital||02 4939 1500||Rutherford||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Nowra Volunteer Branch||02 4423 5168||Nowra||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA NSW Auxiliary Volunteer Branch||0405 374 189||Ryde||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA NSW Community Animal Welfare Scheme||02 9709 5433||Remote Areas||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Rouse Hill Care Centre||02 8883 0622||Rouse Hill||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Sapphire Coast Volunteer Branch||0419 267 799||Merimbula||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Sydney Vet Hospital||02 9770 7555||Yagoona||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Tighes Hill Vet Hospital||02 4927 6822||Tighes Hill||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Russell Vale Animal Clinic||02 4284 5988||Russell Vale||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Sydney Council (City of)||02 9265 9333||Sydney||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney||02 9351 3437||Camperdown||NSW||Cat and Dog|
|Girraween Veterinary Hospital||08 8983 1183||Howard Springs||NT||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare Cairns Incorporated||07 4051 4862||Manunda||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League QLD Coombabah Community Veterinary Clinic||07 5594 0111||Coombabah||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Animal Welfare League QLD Ipswich Community Vet Clinic||07 3812 7533||West Ipswich||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Atherton & District Animal Welfare Society Inc||07 4091 4252||Atherton||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Caboolture and District Animal Welfare Inc||07 5498 9334||Caboolture||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Capricorn Animal Aid||07 4926 8616||North Rockhampton||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Cat Care Society||07 3855 2878||Keperra||QLD||Cat|
|Gold Coast (City of)||07 5582 8211||Bundall||QLD||Cat|
|Logan City Council Community Desexing & Microchip Clinic||07 3209 3220||Kingston||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Mareeba Animal Refuge||07 4092 3060||Mareeba||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Mossman Veterinary Surgery||07 4098 1888||Mossman||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Paws Hoofs and Claws Inc||0456 664 255||Mount Isa||QLD||Cat and Dog|
|Somerset Regional Council||07 5424 4000||ESK||QLD||Cat|
|Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge||07 5494 5275||Tanawha||QLD||Cat|
|Adelaide Animal Desexing Clinic||08 82854050||Salisbury Plain||SA||Cat and Dog|
|Berri Barmera Council||08 8582 1922||Berri||SA||Cat and Dog|
|Cats Assistance to Sterilise Inc||08 8331 0476||Adelaide||SA||Cat|
|Karoonda East Murray (District Council of)||08 8578 1004||Karoonda||SA||Dog|
|Paws for Effect 5540||Port Pirie||SA||Cat|
|Port Adelaide Enfield (City of)||08 8405 6600||Port Adelaide||SA||Dog|
|Hobart Community Veterinary Hospital||03 6228 0205||Lenah Valley||Tas||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Devonport Shelter||03 6427 2566||Spreyton||Tas||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Launceston Shelter||03 6332 8282||Mowbray||Tas||Cat and Dog|
|Australian Animal Protection Society||03 9798 8415||Keysborough||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Bayside City Council||03 9599 4444||Sandringham||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Booroondara City Council||03 9278 4444||Camberwell||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Cat Protection Society of Victoria||03 9434 7155||Greensborough||Vic||Cat|
|Frankston City Council||1300 322 322||Frankston||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Geelong Animal Welfare Society||03 5248 2091||Moolap||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Geelong City Council (Greater)||03 5272 5272||Geelong||Vic||Cat|
|Glen Eira City Council||03 9524 3333||Caulfield South||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Greater Dandenong (City of)||03 8571 1000||Dandenong||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Hobsons Bay City Council||03 9932 1000||Altona||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Hume City Council||03 9205 2200||Broadmeadows||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Kingston City Council||1300 653 356||Cheltenham||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Manningham City Council||03 9840 9333||Doncaster||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Maroondah City Council||03 9298 4598||Ringwood||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Melbourne City Council||03 9658 9658||Melbourne||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Moonee Valley City Council||03 9243 8888||Moonee Ponds||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Moreland City Council||03 9240 1111||Coburg||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Mount Alexander Shire Council||03 5471 1700||Castlemaine||Vic||Cat|
|Paws and Claws De-sexing Fund||03 5581 1821||Killara||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Port Phillip City Council||03 9209 6777||Port Melbourne||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Surf RSPCA Burwood East||03 9224 2222||Burwood East||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|RSPCA Pearcedale||03 5978 9000||Pearcedale||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Surf Coast Shire Council||03 5261 0600||Torquay||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Wyndham City Council||03 9742 0777||Werribee||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Yarra City Council||03 9205 5555||Richmond||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Yarra Ranges Shire Council||1300 368 333||Lilydale||Vic||Cat and Dog|
|Bunbury (City of)||08 9792 7000||Bunbury||WA||Cat|
|Cat Alliance of Australia Inc||08 9524 1398||Baldivis||WA||Cat|
|Cambridge Town||08 9347 6000||Floreat||WA||Cat|
|Cat Haven WA||08 9442 3600||Shenton Park||WA||Cat|
|Bayswater (City of)||08 9272 0622||Morley||WA||Cat|
|Cockburn (City of)||08 9411 3444||Spearwood||WA||Cat|
|Harvey (Shire of)||08 9729 0300||Harvey||WA||Cat|
|Northampton (Shire of)||08 9934 1202||Northampton||WA||Cat and Dog|
|Ruby Benjamin Animal Foundation Inc||08 9343 0142||Ballajura||WA||Cat and Dog|
|Stirling (City of)||08 9205 8555||Ballajura||WA||Cat and Dog|
|Wongan-Ballidu (Shire of)||08 9671 1011||Wongan Hills||WA||Cat and Dog|
|Yalgoo (Shire of)||08 9962 8042||Yalgoo||WA||Cat and Dog|