While it is not compulsory to desex your pet, we recommend that you have cats and dogs desexed if they are not intended to be kept for breeding. This prevents an unwanted litter and helps to reduce the number of animals that have to be euthanised.

Desexing also helps to:

  • prevent male pets from straying during mating seasons
  • eliminate ‘heat’ cycles in female cats.

Desexing new pets

  • Book your puppy or kitten in for desexing by the time they are 6 months old. Desexing can be carried out safely on dogs and cats from the age of 12 weeks, although some vets prefer to wait until the animal is 5-6 months old.
  • Desexing can be done by your local vet or the RSPCA.
  • Once your pet is desexed, you will receive a desexing certificate.

Redland City Council offers discounts for desexed pets (see registration fees table). 

The National Desexing Network (NDN) is a nationwide referral service for discounted animal desexing made available to pet owners in financial need. To find out if you qualify, contact the NDN on 1300 368 992.