Knox concession cardholders can apply to have their cat or dog desexed for free at our pound, Animal Aid in Coldstream.
We have been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Victorian Government to deliver the Pet Desexing Program in our community. This program will help residents gain access to essential desexing services for their cats and dogs. Up to 150 cats and dogs will be desexed through this initiative.
Providing support for pet desexing will reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs that end up in shelters. Unwanted cats is a large concern in our community. In 2019/2020, we impounded 340 cats and kittens, and only 17% of cats were reclaimed by their owners. Cats have a much lower chance of getting reclaimed than dogs, which had a reclaimed rate of around 80%.
Unfortunately, cats that were not adopted or reclaimed had to be euthanised. This program will help avoid this sad outcome for unwanted animals by helping pet owners desex their cats.
To further encourage households to adopt pets, Council provides free registration for newly adopted and desexed pets for the first year of the registration period, if registered within 30 days of adoption.
Apply for this free desexing service by 30 June 2022.