National Desexing Network and City of Greater Bendigo launch Cooperative Cat Desexing Program with urgent call to desex cats
The National Desexing Network (NDN) and the City of Greater Bendigo have launched a subsidised desexing program this month to help prevent hundreds of unwanted cats and kittens.
The program will see eligible residents in the Greater Bendigo area pay just $55 to desex their male cats and $65 for female cats, while subsidy funds last. To help those who have many cats, additional female cats will be $50.
Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said this is a fantastic program that will assist residents in need, to desex their cats and be responsible pet owners.
“Every year we see many cats and kittens surrendered by their owners as a result of the unplanned pregnancy of their cats and I encourage eligible residents to contact the NDN to find out more and take advantage of this great program,” Cr O’Rourke said.
NDN’s Strategic Director, Dr Verrinder, urges desexing female cats before 4 months of age, when they can get pregnant.
“Kittens can be safely desexed from two months of age and one kilogram in weight,” Dr Verrinder said.
“Male cats also need to be desexed to reduce their desire to roam and help prevent serious injury from fighting or being hit by a car,” she said.
“We also encourage anyone who is feeding a stray unowned cat, to take ownership and desex and microchip it.”
“Similar programs on the Gold Coast over the past ten years have successfully reduced the number of unwanted kittens, so that all stray and surrendered healthy and treatable cats and kittens can now be rehomed there. We are now supporting other Councils to put this life-saving program in place,” she said.
Animal Welfare League of Queensland’s National Desexing Network developed the program and is managing it free of charge on the City’s behalf.
Participating veterinary clinics include Bendigo Animal Hospital, Fur Life Vet Clinics at Eaglehawk Rd and Epsom, Kangaroo Flat Vet Clinic, McIvor Road Vet Clinic and Snip and Chip Vet Clinic, East Bendigo.
“We thank the local veterinary clinics who are participating and helping to provide this community service,” said Dr Verrinder.
To find out if eligible for a voucher, residents in the Greater Bendigo area need to phone the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992.