Pets can’t add, but they do multiply.

July is National Desexing Month, an initiative run by the National Desexing Network which encourages pet owners to have their pets desexed and help reduce the number of unwanted pets being born. Pet owners can visit to find a participating vet or rescue in their local area.

The National Desexing Network (NDN) is an Australia-wide referral system giving pet owners in financial need access to low-cost desexing. The goal is to end pet overpopulation by making desexing available and more affordable to pet owners who need it most. 

Benefits of desexing your pet

When you desex your pet, you’re doing yourself, your pet and your community a big favour. Your pet’s health and longevity are likely to improve, you’re saving yourself large vet bills from various health complications that can arise from an undesexed pet, and you are preventing unwanted litters ending up in pounds or shelters. 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.
  • 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.
  • Reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.

How is AWL NSW participating?

Animal Welfare League NSW has various volunteer branches across NSW who offer discount desexing programs to local residents in their community throughout the year. Click here to find your local AWL NSW branch.

  • Eastern Suburbs Volunteer Branch
    Call 0416 081 011 and speak to Ann to arrange a discount desexing voucher (pensioners and low-income earners only).
  • Eurobodalla Volunteer Branch
    Call 0436 816 718 and speak to Terry to arrange a discount desexing voucher.
  • Far South Coast Volunteer Branch
    Desexing vouchers are available in the following branch areas: Bermagui, Cobargo, Bega, Merimbula, Pambula and Eden for local residents who hold a Centrelink Pension Card. AWL NSW Far South Coast Branch will subsidise the desexing by $125 for Female dogs and cats, and by $100 for male dogs and cats. Simply make a booking with your vet, show your pension card and you only need to cover the balance of the desexing cost, a huge saving. Call the branch on 0400 372 609 for further information.
  • Great Lakes and Manning Volunteer Branch
  • Hawkesbury Valley Volunteer Branch – includes the Kemps Creek vet clinic.
  • Illawarra Volunteer Branch
    Call 0467 505 818 and speak to Jackie to arrange a discount desexing voucher (pensioners and low-income earners only).
  • Moree Volunteer Branch
    Call 0429 457 558 and speak to Denise to arrange a discount desexing voucher (pensioner card holders).
  • Orange Volunteer Branch
    Call 0420 758 607 to arrange a discount desexing voucher
  • Shoalhaven Volunteer Branch
    Call 0429 429 885 to arrange a discount desexing voucher (pensioner card holders).
  • St George Sutherland Volunteer Branch
    Call 0400 293 558 to arrange a discount desexing voucher
  • Western Suburbs and Hills District Volunteer Branch

Please remember that our branches are run by volunteers, many of which work full-time jobs and have other commitments so please be patient. If you can not get through, simply leave a voicemail with a return contact number and they will respond as soon as they can. Our branches are only able to provide discount desexing vouchers due to the generosity of donations received from their local communities. Please consider supporting your local AWL NSW branch.

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