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Local Sterilisation Assistance 

1.    Cat Haven
Cat Haven will offer free sterilization and microchipping of female owned cats in WA who have recently had a litter of kittens. All the kittens must be surrendered to Cat Haven before the procedure. To find out more information about this program reach out to Cat Haven reception on the following number: (08) 9442 3600.

2.    Rockingham Op Shop & Kelmscott Op Shop
The Op Shops require an in-store application to be filled out for free and assisted desexing for cats and dogs for pension and disability card holders in WA. 

The Rockingham Op Shop services Kwinana, Rockingham, Baldivis, and Mandurah. 
Postal address: 2/5 Leach Crescent, ROCKINGHAM, WA 6168
Phone: (08) 9527 2205 
Open: 9-5 (Mon-Sat), 10-4 (Sun)

The Kelmscott Op Shop services Kelmscott, Gosnells, Piara Waters, Mundijong, and Byford.
Postal address: 8/2 Gillam Drive, KELMSCOTT, WA 6111
Phone: (08) 9399 4906
Open: 9-5 (Mon-Sat), 10-4 (Sun) 

3.    Snip and Chip
When you look at what this community page is about, you’ll find that three ladies passionate about addressing the cat overpopulation crisis in Perth are behind it. They do so through sterilisation, microchipping, and trapping. Payment plans available. 


1.    City of Bayswater 
A $33 subsidy is available to all cat-owning residents of the City at six participating vet locations across Bayswater. Please visit the above website and contact the city for details and if, as a concession card holder, you receive an additional discount. 

2.    Shire of Broome 
Subsidies are available to pensioners to assist in the sterilisation of a DOG or CAT. Conditions do apply, so you’ll have to contact the Shire offices for further details: or (08) 9191 34 56. 

3.    Town of Cambridge 
The Town offers a subsidy of $80 to residents who can present a sterilisation certificate as proof of sterilisation of an owned cat. A link to the online application for the subsidy is available at the above web address.

4.    City of Cockburn 
The City offer a $50 subsidy to eligible residents who have cat over 6 months old; who is sterilized, microchipped, and registered; where the owner is a low-income earner or pensioner (proof required); who must have paid full price for the sterilization; and the procedure happened less than 12 months ago. The application is in paper format only and can be downloaded from the above link. 

5.    Shire of Corrigin 
The website is vague, so it’s best to contact the shire at, but it does state that the Government has provided funding to assist with low-cost sterilisations for cats owned by pensioners and people with a low household income. 

6.    Shire of Dardanup 
The Shire has vouchers available to assist with some of the cost of cat sterilization. The Administration Centre at the Eaton or Dardanup office will have vouchers available for the public to pick up. 

7.    City of Fremantle
The City offers a sterilisation subidy for cat owners. For further details visit the website above and contact the City with regards to the application and acceptance criteria.  

8.    City of Stirling
Karrinyup Small Animal Hospital is offering discounted desexing rates for cats with owners in the City of Stirling. Rates are as follows: (1) female cat: $209, and (2) male cat: $109.

9.    Shire of Harvey
The Shire of Harvey has introduced a Cat Sterilisation Program for residents who may collect sterilisation vouchers from the Shire offices for a maximum of two cats for the following vet clinics: (1) Australind Veterinary Clinic,

(2) Brunswick Veterinary Hospital, and

(3) Ninth St Veterinary Clinic.

10.    Shire of Murray
Those residents in the Shire with a pension card are eligible for a discount towards the cost of their cat’s sterilisation at participating vet clinics. Please visit the above website for a list of local participating vet clinics and hospitals. 

Helpful Hint 1: Many councils do have sterilisation assistance programs, but the information may not be uploaded and updated on their website. Please take the time to call your local office and enquire if your council has not been listed above.


Council contact details can be found at the following website:

Local Microchipping Assistance

1.    RSPCA Community Action Days
The RSPCA travels to various locations offering various veterinary and food assistance for those people struggling with basic pet requirements. To find out their schedule of locations, please visit the above website. 

2.    PetFest by WA Pet Project
This is WA Pet Project’s annual birthday celebration held during April every year. Our registered volunteers implant microchips in cats and dogs for the first 100 owners in need.  

Helpful Hint 2: Some councils will offer free microchipping days. To find out about these it’s best to follow your council on Facebook, or give them a ring.

Reminder: It is a legal requirement that both cats and dogs must be microchipped. See the links below to read about the Dog and Cat Laws.  

National Spay/Neuter Assistance 

National Desexing Network:
A quick online application allows you to access low-cost desexing if you hold a valid pension, concession, or healthcare card for your pet dog or cat. 

National Desexing Month 
Every July special offers are given to the general public at participating veterinary locations. Please contact your local vet to find out if they are participating and what the cost is and what it includes. 


Veterinary Bill Assistance

1.    Perth Veterinary Bill Assistance
A not-for-profit organization developed to provide veterinary bill assistance in cases where pet a pet is ill or injured and owners are not financial/cannot afford veterinary treatment. The application can be accessed online through the above address. Please read the rules before applying. 


2.    Ruby Benjamin Foundation Inc.
This foundation offers emergency veterinary bill assistance for owners who would have to consider euthanising their pet without additional funding assistance. Assistance requests may be filled out and submitted online.


Cat and Dog Acts

1.    Cat Act, 2011
Check out the Cat Owner Fact Sheet for WA. It explains that every cat in WA legally must be (1) microchipped, (2) sterilized, and (3) registered with the owner's local council.

2.    Dog Act, 1976     
Do you know what the laws for dog ownership are in WA? Did you know dogs over 3 months of age are legally required to be microchipped? Find out more about barking dogs, dog attacks, registrations tags, etc. by clicking on the above link. 

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