Desexing and microchipping
It is now compulsory for cats in Yarra to be desexed. Microchipping is compulsory in Victoria, with all cats and dogs over the age of three months required to be microchipped prior to being registered.
Getting your pet microchipped and desexed is part of being a responsible pet owner.
Microchipping is when a tiny microchip is implanted under the scruff of an animal’s neck and its unique number is recorded alongside the owner’s details on a central register. In the event of your animal being lost, the chip can be electronically scanned and the animal reunited with its owners.
Microchipping is compulsory in Victoria, with all cats and dogs over the age of three months required to be microchipped prior to being registered.
The Lost Dogs’ Home performs microchipping for about $40 seven days per week or you can contact your local vet.
Please note: microchipping does not mean you have automatically registered your pet.
Microchipping is a compulsory one-off process undertaken to ensure your details are on a central pet ownership directory managed by the State Government.
Registration is a separate Council-managed process that needs to be followed after your pet is microchipped. Here is more information on animal registration.
Desexing not only reduces the population of stray, unwanted animals, but it also helps pets live longer and healthier lives.
On 1 March 2010, Council introduced compulsory cat desexing to reduce the number of stray and feral cats in the community.
Cat owners in Yarra need to have their cat desexed before it can be registered for the first time at three months of age.
Owners of cats already registered with Council that aren’t desexed will need to have their cat desexed prior to renewing their pet registration.
Exceptions apply when a vet has advised against desexing for health reasons or where a cat is being kept for recognised breeding purposes.
Owners will need to provide Council with a letter from their vet or a copy of their breeding certificate.
Discounts on desexing services
Your local vet or The Lost Dogs’ Home can desex your animal.
Council offers a 33% discount on desexing services to residents who have a pensioner concession card or a health care card, or receive remissions on Council rates.
To receive the discount you will need to provide your vet with a discount voucher which can be downloaded below or collected from Council at the Richmond and Collingwood town halls (8.30am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday).
Desexing Voucher Scheme (1.40 MB)
Rate form - Desexing Voucher Scheme (601.60 KB)
Voucher - Desexing Voucher Scheme (608.65 KB)
Back to top