FAQs

  1. What is a spay or castrate? A spay surgery is performed on a female cat or dog and in surgical terms is called an ovariohistoectomy, that is, it is the removal of the ovaries and uterus so a female cannot become pregnant. A castration is performed on a male dog or cat. It is the removal of the male’s testicles to ensure that the male cannot cause a female to become pregnant.

  2. Are there other terms for spay and castrate? Sterilise, fix, neuter, desex, or alter.

  3. When will I know if my application has been successful? Applications are accepted from the 25th of the current month to the 25th of the next month (for example: January 25, 2018 to February 25, 2018). After this period the applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be contacted on the last day of month after the application window has closed (e.g., if you applied between 25 January and 25 February, you would be notified of your application status on 28 February).

  4. How much does it cost? The spay/castrate surgery and microchip is FREE through WA Pet Project’s Spay It Forward (SIF) program. Additional procedures and products will cost extra but will be offered at a substantial discount to successful Spay It Forward applicants. Please ask your participating vet clinic for more information.

  5. How many cats/dogs can I have spayed/castrated? There’s no limit, but a separate application may be required for each one. Please contact the Spay It Forward Coordinator at spay@wapetproject.com.au if this is your case.

  6. Does my cat/dog have to be vaccinated first? No. Animals without vaccinations are accepted into the SIF program.

  7. Can I pick the vet clinic I want to go to? Yes, we ask for your preference out of our  participating clinics in the SIF application.

  8. Do you make the appointment for me? No, if you can provide your own veterinary transport then you can book our own appointment once you receive booking code from WAPP. Yes, if you’ve requested transportation assistance then a WAPP representative will be in touch with you.

  9. Does WAPP provide transportation to the clinic? Yes, if it is requested at the time you complete the application. We do kindly ask that if you ask friends and family members first for transport help before asking for volunteer assistance.

  10. If I can’t make the appointment. What do I do? You must give the vet clinic a minimum of 24 hours notice to cancel or re-schedule or you may lose your funding.  

  11. How long is the subsidisation valid for? The authorisation period is for 30 days.

  12. What if I need more than the 30 day authorisation period? Email the Project Coordinator at spay@wap, and request an extension.

  13. My mother cat had kittens. When can I have the mother cat fixed? Mother cats can be fixed before or after her kittens have finished weaning. Please speak to your assigned clinic’s staff for further advice.  

  14. My cat/dog might be pregnant. Can she be spayed? Apply to the SIF program and then discuss this with your assigned veterinary clinic staff.

  15. What if I don’t have a computer or an email address? Find a friend or family member who does and who can assist you in submitting the application. The friend or family member will have to pass on correspondence to you from WAPP.

  16. If my pet is already desexed. Can I apply to the SIF program for a free microchip? No. The SIF program subsidises a desexing surgery and a microchip implant as a package. WA Pet Project does offer free microchipping at various events throughout Perth. Please email hello@wapetproject.com.au for more information. 

  17. How long does this program run for? This is an ongoing program. WA Pet Project is accepting donations for the SIF program, so please visit the following link if you'd like to contribute via bank transfer: ‪http://www.wapetproject.com.au/donate

  18. What concession cards do you accept? All of them! Check out the card types at ‪http://www.concessions.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx. 

  19. What animals will the SIF program desex? At the moment, only cats/kittens and puppies/dogs will be considered. We’d love to help other animals with additional financial support in the future.

  20. What does being WAIT LISTED mean? Being wait listed means that you will be reconsidered in the months after your application. Each month we consider new applications as well as old. There is no need to reapply, and a WAPP/SIF representative will be in touch for more personal details when we can provide sterilisation and microchipping assistance for your pet.

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