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28 May 2012

A new concession program, aimed at desexing an additional 1200 cats in the next year, is now

available in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

People who hold a current concession, pension or disability card may be eligible to have their cat

desexed at the Companion Animal Health Centre at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy

Campus, as part of a joint initiative between the RSPCA and the University.

RSPCA (SA) Chief Executive Officer Neale Sutton says until now, the concession program was only

available at the RSPCA’s Lonsdale shelter, where dozens of cats have already received discounted

surgery.

“Concession card holders can apply to have their cat desexed for less than half of what they

could pay elsewhere,” Mr Sutton said.

“We are focusing on female cats, which can begin breeding at just a few months old. The RSPCA

is offering to desex them for just $85.

“We hope this will enable people who may have put off having their cat desexed

for financial reasons to book them in for surgery.”

The University of Adelaide's Vet School runs a Companion Animal Health Centre (for cats, dogs

and other pets) at the Roseworthy Campus. Part of a $37 million state-of-the-art veterinary

facility, the Companion Animal Health Centre is staffed by a range of veterinary specialists.

Mr Sutton said the RSPCA was fortunate to receive a $100,000 donation from a long

time supporter, who wants to remain anonymous.

“The RSPCA has been able to employ an extra full-time vet at Lonsdale, dedicated to this

particular program,” Mr Sutton said.

“We have established a new recovery suite at Lonsdale, which includes 19 new cages

with heating pads, and isolation areas to ensure the cats don’t interact during their stay.”

Concession card holders can apply for a voucher through the RSPCA on 8382 0888. Rescue and

inspectorate staff will also carry vouchers with them in the field.

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