Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with The Lost Dogs’ Home, is running a cat-desexing event in Wonthaggi from Tuesday, 12 to Thursday, 14 November.
Bass Coast residents can get their cats desexed, microchipped and registered with Council for $75.00 – that’s more than a 50 per cent saving.
Phillip Island residents will receive an additional discount through funding provided by Phillip Island Nature Parks.
This low-cost desexing service aims to reduce the number of unwanted and unowned cats in Bass Coast.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said for some families, the cost of desexing their beloved cat could be prohibitive.
“The cost of desexing surgery is out of reach for so many families that it is just not a priority, but this doesn’t mean they don’t care for their cats. I encourage all cat owners to take advantage of this opportunity as it is being provided at cost price,” Cr Tessari said.
“Council is committed to increasing the number of desexed cats in Bass Coast and to reduce the number of unwanted cats surrendered. One way of doing this is to support members of our community to have access to affordable responsible pet ownership practices such as desexing.
“As well as the surgery, this discounted rate also includes microchipping and Council registration, to ensure missing pets can be reunited with their families as soon as possible.”
Director of Operations at The Lost Dogs’ Home, Liz Walker, explained the benefits of the mobile service.
“Through our mobile desexing program, The Lost Dogs’ Home makes a positive difference to the lives of cats and kittens in communities across Victoria. Over 4,000 cats and kittens have been desexed so far,” Ms Walker said.
Many cats are bred by accident and some of these cats end up becoming feral and killing native wildlife. Cat overpopulation is challenging for our natural environment and for the rescue groups and councils who manage these unwanted cats.
Avoiding unwanted litters of kittens is not the only benefit of having your cat desexed. Desexed cats may be less likely to roam, yowl at night or spray strong smelling urine. It can also prevent them from getting certain types of cancer.
Cats must be in good health and aged between 9 weeks and 8 years. Spaces are limited to two cats per household and bookings are essential. Book online at www.trybooking.com/556723