Desexing Your Dog

Subsidised Desexing Initiative

About the Project

Reducing the amount of uncontrolled dog breeding is a major aim of our organisation. For those having difficulty affording desexing, we are offering up to 14 subsidised operations per month. This programme is running thanks to the kind support of the following veterinary clinics: Helensburgh, Green Island, Mornington, Humanimals, VetEnt Mosgiel, Murray’s, and Mosgiel Veterinary Services.


Owners having financial difficulty with speying or neutering their dog are eligible to apply.

A maximum of ONE dog per household can be desexed under this scheme.

The dog must be at least 2 months out from its last heat or litter, and be at least 6 months old.

Dogs with medical conditions, cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) or large amounts of fat, will incur extra charges and will be refused for surgery unless these issues are discussed prior to the booking.

Bitches entering heat or in heat (early signs include swelling, bloody discharge) cannot be desexed at that time and will be refused.

The owner is required to: Firstly complete the online application

If the application is successful, the owner must: 

  • present the dog to the vet at the required time (normally by 9 a.m.) unfed (no food after 7 p.m. the night before.
  • pay the veterinary practice $60 before the operation.
  • sign the veterinarian’s consent form for the operation.
  • collect the dog at the end of the day (normally between about 3.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.)
  • return any Elizabethan collar supplied (to prevent the dog from licking its wound) to the veterinary practice.

How to Apply

To apply for assistance send in a completed application form to Dog Rescue Dunedin Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 5865, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058.

The form can be downloaded and printed here.

For enquiries email:

Facts about managing dog breeding

Every year, hundreds of dogs in Dunedin suffer as unwanted pets or strays.

In addition to their own suffering, stray dogs can harm other animals, cause road accidents, frighten kids and distress animal lovers.

Unwanted breeding can mean that perfectly good dogs get “put down” because suitable homes can not be found for them.

Unwanted dogs left unclaimed in the Dunedin pound are most frequently crossbreds of Staffordshire bull terriers and collies. Crossbreds of labradors, greyhounds and mastiffs are common there too.

Producing unwanted puppies is not a responsible way to teach kids about birth.

The Dunedin City Council provides FREE desexing of dogs for a yearly quota of Community Service Card Holders. For more information phone the DCC 477 4000 or visit

Desexing has both positive and negative effects on dog health. These effects vary with the age at desexing, and the dog’s breed, sex and size. Before arranging desexing we encourage you to seek veterinary advice on the likely effects on your dog.

Thanks to our supporters!