Desexing and microchipping

Desexing your pet

In Stonnington, all cats are required by law to be desexed. Exemptions will only be made for cats for registered breeding purposes or due to veterinary advice.

Desexing dogs is not compulsory, but is highly recommended if they are not intended for breeding purposes.

Benefits of desexing cats and dogs include:

  • health benefits (reduced risk of your pet getting cancer or other diseases)
  • discounted pet registration fees
  • behavioural improvements (less aggressive, easier to control, less likely to wander or fight, less antisocial or territorial)
  • helping to reduce overpopulation and unwanted litters.

Desexing Voucher Scheme

The Desexing Voucher Scheme offers reduced cost of desexing cats and dogs for residents with any of the following concession cards:

  • Pension Concession Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Low Income Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card 

Desexing vouchers are available from our service centres at Prahran Town Hall and Malvern Town Hall. Proof of concession is required. If your pet is more than three months old, evidence of pet registration is also required.

Find more information on the Desexing Voucher Scheme on the Australian Veterinary Association website.

Partial refunds for registrations of desexed pets will be provided prior to 10 October each year or within six months of initial registration (proof required). To request a partial refund, please submit a pet registration refund form(PDF, 239KB)

Microchipping your pet

By law, all cats and dogs three months and older must be microchipped.

A microchip is a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under your pet’s skin and can be used to identify it if it strays and becomes lost.

Your pet’s microchip number will be stored in a database with your name, address and contact information. It is important to keep this information up-to-date so you can be  contacted if your pet is found.

To microchip your pet, you will need to visit your local vet clinic.

Find more information about microchipping on the Department of Agriculture website