Hume Cat Desexing Program

Thousands of healthy cats and kittens are put to sleep each year in pounds across Australia because not enough homes can be found for them. It is possible for cats to breed from as young as 4 months of age and cats are prolific breeders, giving birth to up to 3 litters of kittens per year!

Desexing is the solution

Desexing not only helps to ensure fewer unwanted animals, but research shows that desexed animals can live longer and healthier lives

There are many benefits to desexing your cat which include:

  • They cannot breed, preventing unwanted litters
  • Reduced chance of developing cancers, potentially extending your pet's life
  • Desexed cats are less likely to roam from their owner's property
  • Significantly better behaviour, which means they are less likely to be a problem to the community
  • Discount on your Council pet registration fees for the life of your animal
  • And so much more!

The SCAR Community Animal Hospital is a fully equipped veterinary clinic that offers high-quality/low-cost veterinary care to all pet owners in the community.

Our aim is to offer subsidised desexing procedures to over 1,200 local cats over the next 12 months and stop the cycle of animal homelessness in our community.

For residents of HUME city council. For only $50 you can have your male or female cat desexed, microchipped and vaccinated (Hume residents will also receive free council registration until April 2022). Spaces are limited for each desexing session so please don't delay and book your cat in as soon as possible to not miss out on this program.

Eligibility and service provision

  • Cats must be between 8 weeks and 9 years of age
  • You must be the legal owner of the animal
  • Cats must be healthy on the day of surgery.
  • Must be a resident of Hume

If our veterinarian feels that the animal is showing signs of illness you will be contacted to collect your animal and the surgery will be postponed to another date when your pet has fully recovered.

Address: SCAR Community Animal Hospital is located at 23 Grasslands Ave, Craigieburn, VIC, 3064.

Cost: $50 per cat (male or female)

*This cost covers the desexing procedure, microchip implantation and F3 vaccination. No discount will be given if an owner opts out of microchipping or vaccinating their pet.


Elizabethan collar $5 (see information below)

Nail trim: $5

Elizabethan Collar

An Elizabethan collar (also known as an e.collar) are plastic or fabric hoods or cones placed around the head. These are used to prevent your cat from licking or chewing on their sutures or surgical site during the healing process. It is natural for animals to lick their wounds, but this can seriously delay healing or result in infection and/or injury. It is important that a protective e.collar is used, especially when the cat is unattended and could inadvertently injure itself.

Second Chance Animal Rescue will not cover the costs of any further veterinary appointments or subsequent treatment/surgeries if your cat is not wearing an e.collar after their surgery, so please ensure that your cat is wearing an e.collar to avoid the surgical site becoming infected or damaged.

Source Number
From 1 July 2020, a dog or cat owner must obtain a Pet Exchange Register source number when implanting a new microchip into a pet born after this date. To organise a source number please click here: . The cost of the source number is $22.50 and only 1 source number is needed per owner (not per pet). You will need this source number to complete your online booking.

Admission and Discharge time

On booking your cat's spot in the program you will be asked to choose an admission time between 8.10am-9.10am. Please make sure to drop your cat off at the time assigned as when cats are dropped off late this can put our very busy desexing days behind, resulting in us not being able to complete all procedures. Discharge time will be organised via a phone call from the clinic throughout the day when your pet's procedure is complete. All animals must be collected by 5pm at the latest.

Important Information

Please note that for desexing procedures all animals require a small tattoo to be placed in the left ear for identification purposes.

All cats must be transported to and from our clinic within a secure cat carry cage.

By continuing with this booking you give permission to Second Chance Animal Rescue Inc to continue with your animal's desexing procedure if they are found to be pregnant during the surgery. If you are concerned that your pet could be pregnant, or you do not wish to continue with the animal's desexing procedure if they are in fact pregnant, you will need to call our clinic on 03) 7002 6649 for a pre-surgical consultation to assess if your pet is or is not pregnant. This is at your own cost. A pre-surgical consultation and ultrasound to confirm pregnancy will be $88.00.

The SCAR Cat Desexing Program is supported by the Victorian Government.