Pet Sterilisation Program

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61% of Australian households have a pet. 22% have more than one type of met.

Sterilising your cat or dog can be expensive, but it's still important. RSPCA is working with the WA State Government and local vets to offer discounted pet sterilisation for concession card holders and people on low incomes, who cannot afford to de-sex their pets. The grant is available for cat and dog sterilisation only.

If your pet needs to be sterilised, you can access these discounts in four easy steps:

  1. Register your details with RSPCA WA 
  2. Send in your ID documents to confirm eligibility
  3. Select a vet near you offering discounted rates
  4. Make a booking directly with the vet and take your pet along.

(Please note: the application process can take up to five business days. You should only make an appointment with the vet once your eligibility has been confirmed and you have received your discount voucher).  

Why should you de-sex your pet?

There are many health, financial and social benefits to having your pet de-sexed or sterilised. RSPCA WA Inspectors are on the front line, working with pet owners facing challenges of caring for their pets. Shelters and pet rescue organisations all over the state take in animals who have either been abandoned, or whose owners can no longer afford to care for them.

Sterilised pets are happier, calmer, healthier, less likely to roam, and may save you money in the long run!

Many issues that Inspectors deal with could be prevented if more people sterilised their pets. These range from dealing with stray cats and dogs who escape their yards and are found roaming streets, to pets suffering from serious medical conditions that are left untreated due to lack of finances.

The benefits of pet sterilisation include:

Sterilising your cat or dog will prevent unwanted litters Sterilisation reduces the number of unwanted and abandoned litters of kittens and puppies.
Sterilising your cat or dog will reduce their desire to roam Sterilisation can reduce the desire for dogs and cats to roam, which means fewer strays.
Sterilising your cat or dog may reduce the risk of cancer in their reproductive organs Sterilisation reduces the risk and incidence of some cancers in dogs and cats.
Sterilising your cat or dog will reduce unwanted behaviours like spraying or marking Sterilising cats can reduce unwanted behaviours such as spraying.
Sterilising your dog may prevent unwanted behaviours like aggression Sterilising dogs can reduce unwanted behaviours like aggression.
Sterilised cats and dogs are cheaper to care for Registration fees for sterilised cats and dogs are cheaper in most local government areas. You could also save money on vet bills.
Sterilised cats and dogs generally live longer, happier, healthier lives Sterilised pets are generally happier and healthier, leading to better animal welfare outcomes.

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Two cats can produce up to 1000 kittens over a five year periodPet sterilisation and the law

Section 18 of the Cat Act 2011 mandates that all cats over six months of age must be sterilised. By law, they must be microchipped and registered with your local government.

With the passing of the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021, unless exempt, all dog owners will be required to sterilise their dog by the time they reach two years of age.

 

What's involved in sterilising your pet?

Sterilising (also referred to as spaying, neutering or de-sexing) is the process of a qualified veterinarian removing an animal's reproductive organs to prevent breeding.

For male cats and dogs, vets make a small incision on or near the scrotum, gently squeeze the testicles, and remove them. This process is commonly called castration or neutering.

For female cats and dogs, vets make a fine incision along the animal's abdomen and remove their uterus and ovaries. This process is commonly referred to as spaying.

The above processes require a general anaesthetic and surgery. However, pet sterilisation is a common procedure, is relatively quick and minimally invasive. Your pet should make a full recovery in a matter of days.

 

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RSPCA Pet Sterilisation Program terms and conditions 

Information for Vets

 

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RSPCA's pilot Pet Sterilisation Program is supported by grant funding through the Western Australian government.

Who is eligible?

People with a valid WA Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card, residing in Western Australia are eligible for RSPCA WA’s Pet Sterilisation Program. 

Who is not eligible?

People who do not have a current or valid WA Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card are not eligible for assistance. Assistance is also not available to pet breeders who may otherwise qualify.

What is included in the Pet Sterilisation Program?

Through this program, WA Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and Health Care Card holders can receive discounted pet sterilisation fees for their cat or dog. The amount of the discount will range, depending on the the size and gender of your cat or dog, and at the discretion of the participating vets. If required, the service will include microchipping for your pet. The Pet Sterilisation Program does not cover additional costs for other conditions (e.g. pets in heat) or post-operative needs that may occur (such as post-operative treatment). 

What are your obligations?

  1. You are required to provide a valid WA Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card.
  2. You are required to provide a valid Australian or Western Australian government ID.
  3. You are required to provide proof of ownership of the pet. This could include:
    • Microchip number
    • Vet bill with the animal in your name
    • Receipt of purchase
    • Adoption contract if from a rescue
    • Registration with the council
    • Text message or email reflecting ownership
  4. It is your responsibility to pay the appropriate fee directly to the vet clinic on the day of the service in addition to any other fees that may occur prior to, during or after the surgery. This may include, but is not limited to, procedures associated with complications that arise during or after surgery (e.g. animal in heat or pregnant, flea and/or tick burden, other parasites, infection, and incision repair due to not following vet orders).

Indemnities

You agree that RSPCA WA and the WA government are not responsible for any risks that may occur during or post-surgery. These risks include, but are not limited to, injury, disease and death.

You agree that RSPCA WA and the WA government are not responsible for any special circumstances that may incur additional costs.

You agree that RSPCA WA and the WA government are not responsible if any complications occur and your pet needs additional treatment post-surgery.

 

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