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Subsidy for cat desexing for families in need

8 June, 2018

Residents in need of financial support to desex their cats can still access Fraser Coast Council Desexing Vouchers.

The subsidised desexing program runs until the end of June and is being administered by the by National Desexing Network on 1300 36 89 92.

Eligible residents pay just $35 to desex their male cats and $55 for female cats, while subsidy funds last. To help those who have many cats, additional female cats will only be $35. 

“This is an ideal time to desex cats before the spring breeding season when thousands of unwanted kittens are born,” Strategic Director of the National Desexing Network Dr Joy Verrinder said.

“Winter is the only time of year when cats are less likely to be pregnant or in-season.”

Recently the Hervey Bay refuge had 48 kittens in care.

“At the end of summer the refuge volunteers were looking after 48 kittens,” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

“We need help from residents if we are going to cut the number of unwanted cats and dogs that end up in pounds or worse, have to be euthanised.”

Dr Verrinder said female cats can be desexed before they reach four months of age, when they can become pregnant. 

“Male and female kittens can be safely desexed from two months of age and one kilogram in weight,” Dr Verrinder said.

Participating veterinary clinics include Hervey Bay Vet Surgery, Scarness Vet Surgery, Walker St Vet Surgery, and Howard Vet Clinic.

On the Fraser Coast, all dogs and cats must be desexed when they are sold, given away and registered for the first time – with some exemptions.