Finding The Perfect Pet

Over 1000 animals rehomed since 2019

DeSexing Your Pet

Mother and kittens

Do Your Pet a Favour...

It’s a distressing fact, but many thousands of animals are rehomed or euthanised each year due to an over supply of pets. Put simply – there’s more animals than there are homes for them.  As an example, cats will begin to breed from about 4 months of age, and if that litter is not desexed the issue compounds and before long there will be many many unwanted and undesexed cats looking for homes.

It’s a common misconception that desexing your pet will negatively affect their personality, or that all pets should have a ‘first litter’.  Because, actually, it’s the opposite.  Desexing is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s happiness and long term health. 

 The benefits of desexing your pets

  • Reduces the risks of health issues such as cancers (eg. mammary cancer, prostrate cancer)
  • Reduces your pets desire to roam and the risk they might become lost
  • Reduces reproductive behaviours (eg. female cats yowling, female dogs bleeding)
  • Desexed animals are cheaper to register with local councils
  • Desexed animals are less likely to show aggression and fight with other animals
  • Desexed animals are less likely to scent mark (eg. spray urine)
  • The cost to desex your pet far outweighs the cost of feeding and caring for unwanted litters, and reduces the number of animals that are euthanised each year.

    More information can be found via the Animal Welfare Victoria Website.

For some people, desexing can feel financially not possible so it’s either not done, or it’s ‘put off’.  If that’s the case with you and your pet, let us know at OAAT.  We can organise low cost desexing.  Similarly, if your cat has had kittens, and you are unsure what to do next, let us know via
OAAT Adoption Story - Sydney

Aged at 11 plus, little Sydney has had so many litters and such poor nutrition that she is unable to hold her back legs up. She was surrendered, along with one of her kittens, and weighed just 2.4kg. Her eye was sore from living in a home where there was untreated cat flu. She also had dental problems with many broken teeth.

The team at OAAT On Friday she was desexed, vaccinated, chipped and a much needed dental with removal of some broken teeth. Her eye is also healing nice. She walks funny due to her continual over breeding (malnutrition). She is an absolute sweetheart and a trooper.

OAAT are strong advocates for animal desexing.  If you have an animal that needs desexing, but can’t afford it, please let us know.  We are also always grateful for any financial assistance from the community.

Finding the Perfect Match

  1. Energy Levels
    Is the pet laid back, playful or energetic.  Does it prefer to nap most of the day, or does it require regular interaction (and in the case of a dog, how many times a day will it require walking?) Does this fit with your lifestyle and time availability?
  2. Personality and Temperament
    Is the pet shy, confident, adaptable, fearful, laid back, independent etc?  How would this pet’s personality fit with the dynamic in your household?
  3. Special Needs
    Does the pet have have any special needs (eg. fears, triggers, medical conditions) and how would you manage and accommodate these?
  4. Future Plans
    Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years.  What are your future plans?  Are you planning to travel, relocate, expand your family etc.
  1. Housing and Council Regulations
    Will the pet live indoors our outdoors? Does it require specific bedding, fencing or enclosures? The regulations for pet ownership differ between councils.  Make sure you are aware of these.
  2. Do you have permission to have a pet?
    If you are renting, do you have landlord permission?
  3. Holidays
    Who will look after your pet when you go on holidays?
  4. Your existing pets?
    Do you have any existing pets and how would they respond to a new addition to the family?
  1. Adoption Fee
    All OAAT pets are vaccinated, desexed and microchipped prior to adoption.   They will also be up to date with all worming and flea treatments.  This is all covered in the adoption fees (which generally range from $200 – $400 depending on the type and age of the animal).

  2. Ongoing costs
    Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years.  This is 20 years of feeding, vet care, council registration, toys, training, etc.  Does this fit with your budget and finances?

  3. Unexpected Medical Care
    Although we all hope it never happens, pets can get unexpectedly sick.  How would you financially manage a medical emergency?

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