The Animal Welfare League of Queensland’s National Desexing Network, Ipswich City Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council are offering subsidised cat desexing for residents of Ipswich & Lockyer Valley Qld.

While subsidised funds last cat owners will pay just $55 to desex their female cat and $35 for male cats.  For owners with multiple female cats, prices will be discounted to $35 for additional females.

The offer is available to all Ipswich and Lockyer Valley residents in need by contacting AWLQ’s National Desexing Network on 5509 9001.  Residents will be sent a cat desexing voucher to take to a participating veterinarian.         

The participating veterinarians in Ipswich are AWLQ Community Vet Clinic, Raceview Veterinary Surgery, Marburg Vet Clinic, Ipswich Family Vet Clinic and Yamanto Vet Surgery.

The participating veterinarians in Lockyer Valley are Laidley Veterinary Surgery and Gatton Vet Surgery.

These clinics will receive some reimbursement from the subsidy fund and have reduced their prices as well.

Ms Verrinder (Strategics Development Officer of Animal Welfare League Qld ) says “ We hope that cat owners will appreciate the community service these clinics are offering”.

“We know that if people desex their cats now, in winter, before they get pregnant, we will be on the way to preventing the tragedy of euthanased cats and kittens in Ipswich and Lockyer Valley”.

“On the Gold Coast the number of unwanted kittens has reduced as a result of similar desexing programs, so now all healthy cats and kittens can be rehomed in that area” Ms Verrinder says.

Cats can be pregnant from four to five months of age.  To prevent accidental or early litters, kittens can be safely desexed from two months of age and over one kilogram in weight.

AWLQ Veterinarian Dean Tait says “It is an easier operation causing less stress on the animal when they are kittens”.

Desexing your cat also has positive advantages for its behaviour.  Desexed animals are less likely to wander, to mark their territory by spraying, or to be aggressive.

“There is no medical reason why an animal should have a litter first.  In fact undesexed female cats and dogs are more prone to certain cancers such as mammary tumours and undesexed males to prostate problems” AWLQ veterinarian Dean Tait said.

Annual registration fees are much cheaper for desexed cats also.