Desexing your dog or cat

Desexing requirements

When you register your cat for the first time, it must be desexed.

While it is not compulsory to desex your dog, if you do desex your dog you receive a substantial reduction on the registration fee when you register your pet.

Desexing your dog or cat prevents unwanted young being born.

Desexed animals are also generally not as aggressive, do not wander away as often and have a reduced chance of contracting some cancers.

Where to have your dog or cat desexed

You can have your dog or cat desexed at:

You can find out more information about desexing your dog or cat, including when a puppy or kitten can be desexed, from the RSPCA and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Discount vouchers for desexing your dog or cat

To assist you with the costs involved in desexing your dog or cat, residents who hold one of the following concession cards are able to get a desexing voucher to pay only two-thirds of the desexing fee:

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Low income Health Care Card, or
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Your animal must be registered with Moreland City Council before a desexing voucher can be issued.

If your animal is not already registered, you will be required to complete an application form and pay the full fee for the first year of registration. When your animal has been desexed, it is your responsibility to provide a copy of the desexing certificate to Council to claim the reduced fee for future years.

You can get your desexing voucher from a Council Customer Service Centre.

Simply present your concession card along with proof that your animal is registered to obtain a voucher. There is a maximum of two vouchers per household.

The voucher is valid for 1 month from the date of issue.

When booking your desexing appointment, ask the veterinary surgery if they accept the discount voucher and then take the voucher with you when you attend the appointment.

For further information download the MAV brochure (PDF 1Mb).


Free cat desexing program a success

We recently trialled a free cat desexing program, made available to all Moreland residents.

The program included transportation of residents’ cats from their home and to the Cat Protection Society (where the desexing procedure took place) and back safely home again.

It was a success, with a total of 140 cats desexed, microchipped and registered – for no cost – during the period of May 2019 to 2020.

Our free cat-desexing program took place to:

  • Increase awareness about responsible pet ownership;
  • Encourage residents to register their pets; and
  • To help reduce the number of unwanted stray cats in the area.

This offer is now closed. In the meantime, if you are a concession card holder, you can apply for a discount desexing voucher. Please see at the top of this page for further information.

Program summary:

  • Program launched Tuesday 7 May 2019 (140 spots available)
  • First round of spots offered to concession card holders from Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park and Fawkner.
  • Second round of spots offered to all residents/all suburbs of Moreland; regardless if a concession card holder or not: November 2019.
  • Last procedure completed: 20 March 2020; and
  • A total of 140 cats were safely and successfully desexed.