When you desex your pet, you’re doing yourself, your pet and your community a big favour.

Your pet’s health and longevity improve, you’re saving yourself large vet bills from all the health complications that could come from an undesexed pet, and you are preventing unwanted litters ending up in pounds or shelters. The National Desexing Network (NDN) is an Australia-wide referral system giving pet owners in financial need access to low-cost desexing. Our goal is to end pet overpopulation by making desexing available and more affordable to pet owners who need it most. If you’re a pet owner you could be eligible for discounted desexing for your pet,  directly on-line if you are a pension/concession card holder; or through calling our NDN team to access a Council Cooperative Desexing program.

If you are a vet, you can join hundreds of vets across Australia who are helping the National Desexing Network end pet overpopulation. Follow the prompts below to see how you can get involved or get in contact with us.

If you are a Council anywhere in Australia,  please get in touch with the National Desexing Network about our NDN Cooperative Desexing Programs, which we organise and manage on Councils’ behalf. We would love to work with you and assist you through the process of ending pet overpopulation in your area.

National Desexing Network is a proud initiative of the Animal Welfare League Queensland.

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There are many reasons why pet owners should desex their pets. As well as helping to stop pet overpopulation, the following are some of the other benefits associated with desexing cats and dogs.


  • Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer/disorders in males, and cystic ovaries, ovarian tumors, acute uterine infections and breast cancer in females, and also other diseases like mammary cancer, perianal tumors and perianal hernias.
  • Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
  • Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.


  • Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
  • Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
  • Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
  • Eliminates “heat” cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.
  • Reduces male dogs’ urge to “mount” people’s legs.


  • Reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.
  • No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
  • No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens.
  • Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn’t roam around.
  • Dumping puppies and kittens is an ethical cost, as well as being illegal and inhumane.
  • The price of desexing is more affordable to those in financial need with the assistance of organisations such as NDN.

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Central Coast Council Tasmania free cat desexing & microchipping

By |March 6th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Residents of Central Coast Council Tasmania can now access cat desexing and micrcohipping vouchers.  These vouchers are not available online so please call us on 1300 368 992. Eligibility criteria and conditions apply.  Available only [...]

Waratah-Wynyard Council Cat Desexing Program

By |February 5th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Free cat desexing and microchipping program for residents of Waratah-Wynyard Council in Tasmania.  Conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Available only while council funding lasts. Please call the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992.

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