From 1st July 2020, the NSW Office of Local Government are introducing annual permits for non-desexed cats, which must be paid IN ADDITION TO the existing one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
The OLG website says that “this will help to create a stronger incentive to desex cats, which in turn will improve their health and well being, including reducing the risk of some cancers. Improving desexing rates will also ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife”.
They also state that “anyone registering a cat on the NSW Pet Registry will be informed that they must pay for an $80 annual permit if their animal is not desexed by four months of age. Annual permit fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs”.
We will be more than happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions or concerns about desexing your cat. We take numerous precautions before and during the anaesthetic to ensure your pet’s safety and take great care with each and every patient we treat.
For more information, please head to https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/councils/responsible-pet-ownership/nsw-pet-registry/annual-permits/ or you can give any of our clinics a call.