Help is available:
1. Council NDN Cooperative Cat Desexing Programs for residents in need.
A number of Councils are providing funds annually for the NDN Cooperative Cat Desexing Subsidy Program (ongoing while funds last)
i) Subsidies are based on need and available for:
ii) Contact the National Desexing Network on 07 5509 9001 to determine eligibility for a voucher.
iii) If eligible, owners currently pay $35* to desex a male cat and $55* to desex a female cat at participating veterinary clinics. For owners of multiple cats/kittens, for each additional female cat, owners pay $35*.
*Amounts may increase slightly over time as desexing costs increase.
If you are a Gold Coast resident and have unwanted kittens you cannot afford to desex and rehome yourself, you can surrender the kittens for $55 if you keep and desex the mother cat free of charge with an NDN Council Desexing Voucher at the AWLQ Gold Coast Community Vet Clinic. To arrange this, submit a Surrender Application Form online and you will be contacted to arrange a time when space is available in our Rehoming Centre. If you do manage to find homes for the kittens while you are on the waiting list, you should desex them before rehoming, using the NDN Council vouchers (described above).
Non-Gold Coast residents are asked to pay $80 to surrender a litter of kittens to contribute to their care and receive a Last Litter voucher to desex the mother cat free of charge at AWLQ’s Gold Coast or Ipswich Community Vet Clinics.
Anyone who surrenders puppies is asked to pay $80 to surrender regardless of residence to contribute to their care, and receive an AWLQ desexing voucher for the mother dog at AWLQ’s Gold Coast or Ipswich Community Vet Clinics.
Veterinarians Australia-wide registered with the National Desexing Network (NDN) offer reduced prices for dog and cat owners with pension or concession cards. Each participating veterinarian may offer different discounted prices.
Below are an example of discounted prices offered. However prices do vary.
An example of NDN Desexing Prices for Pension/Concession Card Holders:
|$54 (normally $90 – $150)||
$72 (normally $120 – $290)
|Male Dog||Female Dog|
|0-10kg||$108 (normally $180 or more)||$132 (normally $220 or more)|
|10-25kg||$114 (normally $190 or more)||$144 (normally $240 or more)|
|25kg and over||$120 (normally $200 or more)||$174 (normally $290 or more)|
Eligible pension/concession card holders can:
Veterinarians, who may or may not normally be a part of the National Desexing Network, offer special deals, often TO ALL PET OWNERS, in July each year for both cats and dogs. The recommended prices are approximately:
|Male cat $90||Female cat $120|
|Male dog||Small $180||Medium $190||Large $200|
|Female dog||Small $220||Medium $240||Large $290|
Owners can go to www.ndn.org.au at the beginning of July to find the veterinarians participating in National Desexing Month and the deals they offer.
Some Councils and animal organisations coordinate their own desexing programs. Check with your local Council or animal welfare organisations for available subsidies. If your Council is not offering an effective desexing subsidy program, inform the Animal Management Coordinator that NDN has a Council program which we manage for Councils free of charge. Provide Council with this link: https://ndn.org.au/national-desexing-network/local-council/ to find out more.
In summary: Please desex your cat, and kittens at 2- 3 months of age. If you do have a litter, desex them before you rehome them. This will save thousands of lives. A 2014 SA study showed that 22% of people don’t get around to desexing their cats before they have their first litter. Even if you find homes for your unplanned kittens, it means fewer homes available for those waiting in pounds and shelters and with rescue groups, and having to wait longer to get a home means more stress, sickness and deaths.
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