Animal Welfare

Animal welfare

Desexing your Dog

Deciding on whether to have your doggo desexed or not is a question that every pet owner asks. Not only are there are a number of health benefits but having your pet desexed also decreases the number of unwanted puppies that find themselves homeless or in Animal Management centres, shelters or pounds across Australia.

The benefits of desexing


  • Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs.
  • Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
  • Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.


  • Reduces pets roaming and aggression
  • Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
  • Pets are more affectionate and become better companions.
  • Eliminates "heat" cycles in female dogs and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.
  • Eliminates male dogs' urge to "mount" people's legs.


  • The cost of dog registration is substantially reduced for desexed dogs.
  • No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
  • No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies.
  • Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn't roam.

Council's Desexing Subsidy 

Isaac iris desexing voucher

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Isaac Regional Council is committed to reducing the number of unwanted dogs in the region and is proud to announce the Desexing Subsidy Program. The initiative aims to offer eligible Isaac residents a voucher valued at $100 to assist with the payment of the desexing procedure from selected veterinary clinics.

To be eligible for a voucher you must be:

  • A resident of the Isaac Regional Council area
  • Holder of a Queensland Pensioner Concession card issued by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or Queensland Repatriation Health Card – for all conditions issue by the Department of Veterans Affairs or in receipt of a War Widow/War Widower pension/ allowance or other identified person/s as approved by the CEO.
  • Own a non-desexed dog that is registered and microchipped if the dog is over 12 weeks of age

If the dog is not microchipped when making the application, the owner is required to make an undertaking to microchip the dog at the time of redeeming the desexing voucher at the nominated vet clinic at their own cost.

To apply complete the Domestic Dog Desexing Voucher Application Form and submit with proof of current pensioner status to one of Council’s Customer Service Centres or complete online.

An application for a dog must be made in the name of the registered owner of the dog who meets the eligibility requirements.

Vouchers expire after 90 days from the date of issue.

A household is entitled to a maximum of two desexing vouchers in two years.

Where are desexing vouchers accepted?

  • Moranbah Veterinary Clinic
  • Sarina Veterinary Surgery
  • Clermont Veterinary Surgery
  • Torenbeek Veterinary Clinic, Rockhampton
  • Valley Veterinary Surgery, Walkerston