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!

Desexing myths and facts:

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.

Some positives of having your pet desexed:

  1. Your pet will have less risk of cancers such as: in females - mammary cancers, ovarian cancers and other cancers of the reproductive tract. In males - testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
  2. Other diseases and illnesses your pet will not be exposed to or will be far less likely to contract: prostate disease and other prostate disorders; acute uterine infections such as Pyotemtra which is fatal if not treated during the very early stages; cystic ovaries; diseases contracted through roaming and fighting such as FIV (feline AIDS), FeLV,(Feline Leukemia Virus) and Canine Parvovirus, all of which are viruses that are almost certainly fatal; and, injuries from fighting or mating including nasty abscesses.
  3. Spraying by male cats (and females) will be greatly reduced, if not, eliminated.
  4. Undesirable territorial behaviours will be reduced within a week of desexing as the hormones responsible for these behaviours will have left the body.
  5. You will have less chance of being disturbed by fighting cats or cats mewling seeking mates, and your neighbours will probably be happier too.
  6. Aggressiveness will more than likely be diminished with the reduction of the hormones controlling those behaviours.
  7. You will have a more relaxed, affectionate pet without raging hormones and mood swings.
  8. Other animals won't be so attracted to your property by being lured by a potential mate.
  9. There will be less risk of injury (vet bills) and complaints from the neighbours through roaming animals.
  10. Desexed animals are less likely to roam looking for a mate thus reducing injuries from fighting and the chance of getting lost, hit by a car or picked up by a horrible person.
  1. The wildlife around you will be safer. Cats and dogs will be less likely to roam to become feral or stray.
  2. Desexing will remove a male dog's anti-social and embarrassing urge to "mount" people's legs.
  3. Desexing reduces the emotional and financial cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters, and destroying those they do not have room for.
  4. You won't have any "mess" when your female dog comes on heat.
  5. Your loved pet won't suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion from being overbred. A depressed immune system will leave your pet susceptible to illness, therefore, more vet bills.
  6. Having your pet desexed will avoid the spread of bad genetics that have gone undetected such as hip dysplasia, hereditary heart issues, and any other genetic problems.
  7. You will see a reduction in council registration fees and will comply with local council by-laws (where applicable).
  8. You won't have the hard task of finding homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens, and no extra expenses on food and vet bills.
  9. You will have diminished moral responsibility by not adding to the massive amount of existing pet overpopulation. A few less innocent animals will die needlessly. The animals you don't need to try and find homes for make more room for those who are already here, and do need homes.
  10. The best reason of all - You will be helping solve the homeless animal problem in this country by reducing the number of animals that will be euthanised for no other reason than being born into a society that does not have enough loving homes for them!
Save lives. Desex your pet. Breeding these kills these.

Below is a list of organisations that may be able to help you with the costs of desexing.

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.

Website Contact Suburb State Pet
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