Dog Desexing Program

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Many of the calls to the RSPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline relate to community members from the most disadvantaged suburbs.

RSPCA Inspectors have detailed a Postcode Report illustrating this.

Some of the complaints relate to those responsible losing control of their dog’s health, once they start having unwanted litters.

Others to the age and condition of pups being given away. Dogs are not being desexed, as vet fees are considered to be out of financial reach and not having that first interaction with a vet, dogs are also not being vaccinated, microchipped or heath checked.

Financial Assistance

There is an obvious need to offer financial assistance to those people who with concession cards to enable them to meet the cost of desexing their dogs. By going through the RSPCA, you have the option of using a credit card to pay up front at a discounted rate or Centrepay to stretch out the payments for the desex vet bills. A upfront payment of $50 is required and minimum repayment of $25 per fortnight. We offer a simple online system to complete the application.


Aside from preventing accidental litters, there are many health and behavioural benefits to desexing.

Desexed animals are generally less likely to get diseases and certain illnesses such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females and prostate problems in males.

Desexing commonly reduces behaviour problems such as roaming, aggression and urine marking in males.

In females it prevents mating behaviour and false pregnancy. Reducing the desire to roam also reduces the risk of being in a traumatic accident such as being hit by a car.

The RSPCA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Mary Kibble Foundation in the establishment of this program.

The funds enabled the desex surgeries of 82 dogs from low-income earning Tasmanians and has now been expended.

So as not to leave a gap, we have transitioned to a new program for concession card holders.

This program is only available to concession card holders.

What you need to do

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  • Choose a vet from list of participating clinics.
  • Make an appointment.
  • Let the clinic know you’ll be using the RSPCA desex program.


  • Fill in the RSPCA Desexing Voucher.


  • Attach copies of IDs (concession card and photo ID) to the online form.


  • Ensure upfront payments or $50 deposit if using Centrepay are processed.
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What we will do

Confirm your successful application.

Arrange payment of the $50 deposit and schedule payments for the balance.

Email your vet clinic to confirm your eligibility.

Pay your vet bill for you.

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The Safe Beds & Centrepay Desex programs and animal surrenders are closed between 15/12/2023 until 2/01/2024.
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