Registration for cheap desexing closes today

GLADSTONE region pet owners who are on low incomes have until 5pm today to register their cats and dogs for the discounted Portable Animal Welfare Service desexing service.

The PAWS mobile surgery, an RSPCA Queensland initiative brought to the region by Gladstone Regional Council, provides an inexpensive desexing service for cats, kittens and small and medium sized dogs.

Councillor Col Chapman said the mobile surgery, which will be located at the council's Lyons Street depot in Gladstone from November 3-7, gave low income earners with the opportunity to save on the cost of having pets desexed.

"Low income pet owners can register their pets for the service which costs just $50 per animal, helping those who may otherwise struggle to afford it," Cr Chapman said.

"Pet owners who have a pension or health care card are encouraged to register their animals for the service.

"They will need to have their card with them at the time of registering and, along with additional identification, at the time of presenting their pets for surgery."

Cr Chapman encouraged low income earners who do not receive pension or health care payments to also investigate the possibility of having their pets desexed.

"Residents without pension or health care cards but are on a low income and would struggle to pay for a full fee desexing service are invited to write a submission to Council detailing their financial situation, to be considered for inclusion in the initiative," he said.

"All owners who have their pets desexed are helping to tackle pet overpopulation and reduce the number of stray and feral animals within the region."

To register complete the form on the council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/cats-and-dogs, phone 4977 6821 or email info@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au.



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