Brisbane Cooperative Desexing Program to prevent unwanted cats

Brisbane City Council has provided $52 000 in funding for the 2018/19 year, to subsidise cat desexing for residents in need through AWLQ’s NDN Cooperative Desexing Program.

Residents will pay just $35 to desex a male cat and $55 for a female cat. To help people with many undesexed cats, additional female cats will only be $35.

Residents in need can phone NDN on 55099044 to find out if they are eligible to receive a voucher for one of 30 participating vet clinics in Brisbane.

NDN thanks the 30 clinics across Brisbane who are helping to provide this community service.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that residents could help reduce the number of abandoned pets by taking advantage of Council-funded discounts on pet desexing.

“Council supports responsible pet ownership to keep Brisbane a great place to live, work and relax, which is why we are supporting the Animal Welfare League’s Getting 2 Zero program,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Brisbane is a pet-friendly city and home to 145,000 family cats, however part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring these cats don’t have unwanted litters, to reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals.

“The cost of desexing a cat can cost up to $290 and the Getting 2 Zero program is helping to subsidise this cost by up to 80 per cent for Brisbane pensioners and other low-income owners, helping to reduce the number of cats being abandoned.”

Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Cr Peter Matic said cats were natural predators and could cause serious harm to native wildlife, in our clean, green and sustainable city.

“Council received more than 700 complaints about feral cats last year, with more than 800 captured on Brisbane streets,” Cr Matic said.

“Enquiries about animal management is one of the most common calls Council receives to its 24/7 contact centres and we are committed to encouraging responsible pet ownership by equipping residents with the support they need to ensure their pet does not impact on the safety or health of other people.”

For more information about the Brisbane Cooperative Desexing Program, or to apply for a voucher, phone 55099044.