Central Coast Council (supported by a co-funding grant from the Cradle Coast Authority), the National Desexing Network and the Penguin Veterinary Centre have joined forces to offer residents in need a subsidised desexing and microchipping program to help prevent unwanted cats.

This program, managed by the National Desexing Network, is available to Central Coast Council residents with a valid pension, concession, or healthcare card, low income, with too many pets, or adopting a stray. 

Residents who need support can phone the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992 and if eligible, will be issued with a desexing voucher to then contact the participating veterinary clinic to make an appointment. These subsidies are available only while Council funding lasts.

The National Desexing Network urges residents to get their cats desexed between 2 and 4 months of age as female cats can become pregnant from just 4 months old and can breed continuously after that.  Male cats are less likely to fight, roam and spray when desexed.

Mayor Cheryl Fuller encourages residents in need to take advantage of this proactive program.

“Council is pleased to be able to provide this service for those in-need. This program will help reduce unwanted litters, cat nuisance issues and predation on the native wildlife. Research also shows that desexed animals can live longer and healthier lives.” Said Mayor Cheryl Fuller

“This initiative is designed for those in need only and there are strong eligibility requirements. We still encourage other community members to be responsible for desexing and microchipping their animals.”  She said.

Penguin Veterinary Centre will be participating in this program for Central Coast Council residents, with support from the National Desexing Network.

“Council and the Cradle Coast Authority would like to thank the Penguin Veterinary Centre for their help in bringing this fantastic community service to fruition.” Said Mayor Fuller.  


Click here for more details on the program.