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Desexing and microchipping

De-sexing and microchipping your pet are an important part of being a responsible pet owner. Microchipping not only identifies your pet for life, but it can help save your pets life. De-sexing your animal will help control numbers of unwanted animals.

Microchipping your dog or cat

Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for your pet. Microchipping your dog or cat is a great way to ensure that your pet can be easily identified if it strays or becomes lost. Vets, animal shelters and local Councils can scan the microchip and then contact you to let you know the location of your pet.

Microchip numbers needed in pet sale advertisements

To allow traceability of sellers of pets, it is an offence to advertise the sale of a dog or cat unless the microchip identification number of the animal is included in the advertisement or notice.

A registered domestic animal business may use its Council business registration number as an alternative.

For more Information visit Agriculture Victoria.

How a microchip is implanted?

When you have your dog or cat microchipped, the microchip is implanted just under the skin - between the shoulder blades at the back of the neck. Microchipping is a common and safe procedure, takes a few seconds and is painless.

Where can I get dog or cat microchipped?

Vets, pounds and animal shelters can microchip your cat or dog, including:
In a bid to reunite even more animals with their owners, RSPCA Ballarat has introduced a
Microchipping service at its animal shelter to provide the community with easy access to have this important procedure performed.

RSPCA Ballarat said: “Each year, we take hundreds of animals into our care that are not microchipped. The cost of microchipping a pet at RSPCA Ballarat is just $35, with the procedure performed in a matter of minutes.

For more information or to make a booking, please call RSPCA Ballarat on 5334 2075 or visit the shelter located at 115A Gillies Street South, Ballarat, 3350.

De-sexing your dog or cat

De-de-sexing your dog or cat prevents unwanted young being born. De-sexed animals are also generally not as aggressive, and are less likely not wander away.

Is it compulsory to de-sex my cat or dog?

It is not compulsory to de-sex your dog or cat, however if you do de-sex your dog or cat you will receive a substantial reduction on the fee when you Register your pet with Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Where can I de-sex my cat or dog?

Local veterinarians and the RSPCA undertake de-sexing.
To help prevent the overpopulation of unwanted cats in our municipality, Council has joined with the RSPCA, Castlemaine Vets, Vets All Natural and Maldon Vets to establish a unique cat de-sexing program at a discounted price. Contact us for more information.

Discount vouchers for low income earners

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) in partnership with the Municipal Association Victoria (MAV) have also developed a scheme to help cover the cost of de-sexing cats and dogs for low income earners. These vouchers are available to people with a current Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, Low Income Health Care Card, or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

The vouchers can only be obtained if the animal is currently registered and vaccinated.
Vouchers can be purchased from the Civic Centre. Contact us for more information.

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