Cardinia Shire Council, the National Desexing Network and local veterinary clinics have joined forces to offer residents in need a subsidised desexing program for cats.
Cardinia Shire residents on pensions or low incomes will pay just $50 to desex their cats. The subsidy is funded by a Victorian Government Animal Welfare Fund grant.
The program is managed by the National Desexing Network and residents who need support should phone the network on 1300 368 992 to find out if they are eligible. If eligible, you will be issued a desexing voucher before booking an appointment at one of the following participating vet clinics:
Our Vet, Pakenham
Gembrook Vet Clinic
Emerald Vet Clinic
Cardinia Shire Mayor Brett Owen encouraged residents in need to take advantage of this proactive program.
“This initiative helps the whole community as it helps reduce cat nuisance issues and predation on native wildlife,” he said.
“Desexing not only helps to ensure fewer unwanted animals, but research shows that desexed animals can live longer and healthier lives.”
Dr Joy Verrinder, Strategic Director of the National Desexing Network, urged residents to get their male and female cats desexed between two and four months of age, as male cats are less likely to fight, roam and spray and female cats can become pregnant from just four months old and can breed continuously after that.
“We thank the local veterinary clinics for helping with this community service,” said Dr Verrinder.