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Compulsory Desexing

All newly acquired dogs and cats living in Kingston and over the age of 3 months must be desexed prior to registration with Kingston City Council.

Dogs and cats are able to start their reproductive lives at a very young age and throughout their lifetime they can potentially deliver many litters of unwanted kittens or puppies that end up tragically being euthanized. Animals that have been desexed commonly have a more placid and relaxed demeanour and desexed dogs and cats have a reduced desire to wander at large. In addition, the risk of dogs becoming territorially aggressive is greatly reduced.

Pets as young as eight weeks can be safely desexed and the operation, undertaken by a qualified vet, is a very straightforward procedure that causes minimal discomfort with most pets fully recovered within twenty-four hours.

Kingston City Council is committed to encouraging responsible dog and cat ownership, improving the welfare of dogs and cats, supporting and facilitating the benefits of animal ownership and companionship, reducing nuisances and providing opportunities for pets and their owners to integrate safely in the community.

Kingston City Council has adopted the MAV/AVA desexing scheme, which provides a subsidy to those struggling to pay the full price to have their pets desexed. Pensioners and Health Care Card holders are eligible. For more details contact Customer Care on 1300 653 356.

Read more information from the RSPCA about the benefits of desexing your pets.


Exemptions include any dog or cat registered before 1st January 2009 and animals exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which are:

  • A dog/cat that is owned by a person or body that conducts a domestic animal business registered with Council. Where the dog/cat is used for breeding purposes in connection with that business.
  • A Dangerous Dog that is kept for guarding non residential premises.
  • A Dangerous Dog that has undergone protection training.
  • A dog/cat that is the subject of written Veterinary advice that the health of the dog/cat is liable to be significantly prejudiced if it is desexed. This written Veterinary advice must be given by a veterinary practitioner after he/she has personally examined the dog or cat and this written. Veterinary advice must include the reasons why the health of the dog or cat is liable to be significantly prejudiced if it is desexed.
  • A dog or cat that is owned by a person who is a current member of an applicable organisation and the animal is registered with that organisation (proof must be provided of both owners and dog/cat membership at the time of registration).
Applicable Organisations
  • Australian National Cats Inc;
  • Cats Victoria Inc;
  • Dogs Victoria;
  • Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc;
  • Grey Hound Racing Victoria; and
  • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc

Please note: The two approved organisations that exempt dogs from desexing are Dogs Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria.