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Desex your dog 

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We run a community dog desexing programme to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and puppies in Whangārei and Kaipara by supporting owners struggling to meet the cost of desexing their dog. 

Thanks to funding from our generous supporters, it is currently free* and includes a microchip.

It is available for owners with a Community Services Card or genuine financial hardship.

Why desex?

Getting your dog desexed is one of the most important things you can do for your dog and for your community!

  • We can stop unwanted litters

  • Keep dogs out of pounds and rescues

  • Help dogs live longer, healthier lives

  • Reduce the population of unwanted dogs

  • Eliminate the risk of testicular (balls) and mammory (breast) cancers

  • Less chance of dogs roaming or fighting

  • No messy ‘in heat’ bleeding from female dogs and an almost zero chance of the life-threatening condition, pyromia, developing.

If you love your dog, PLEASE do the right thing and have them 'fixed'!


Before you apply, please make sure you read
'How does it Work' and the 'Terms & Conditions' below 

If you have questions or are unsure about why you should desex your dog, we have gathered information, debunked myths, and provided insights into why desexing is beneficial and the best thing for your dog. 

Want to know more about desexing? 

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  • We receive no government funding for this programme and rely on donations, sponsorship and funding applications to keep it running.

  • We’ve kept it as simple as possible. 

    1. All you need to do to apply is complete the application form.  

    2. We will review your application and be in touch with any questions or further information required.

    3. Once approved, we will let you know and arrange for the vet to contact you to book your appointment. 

    We are a small volunteer team and do this work on top of our jobs, so please be patient with us as it may take a few days to get back to you.


    Our vets are based in Whangārei and Waipu and we cover dogs in the Whangārei and Kaipara districts (sorry, we don’t have any Kaipara-based vets at this stage - we’re working on it).

    • This offer is open to Whangārei and Kaipara residents only (this means you live in Whangarei District Council or Kaipara District Council boundaries), and you MUST be the owner of the dog or have the owner’s permission.

    • This initiative is for those who need financial assistance to desex. If you can afford to desex your dog, please do not apply.

    • Our programme runs as funding allows. If we are short of funding, we may prioritise dogs or place your dog on a waiting list. We will get back to you as soon as we have more funding available. We receive no government funding for this programme and rely on donations, sponsorship and funding applications to keep it running.

    • Our available funding currently means we can offer this programme for free, however conditions may change as funds available change. 

    • Our priorities are medium-large dogs including staffy, pitbull, bulldog, sharpei and breeds used for farming, etc. We also prioritise black and brindle dogs, as sadly, these are the hardest colours to rehome. 

    • We do not cover dogs bought from breeders, pet stores or purchased elsewhere (except in extraordinary circumstances on a case-by-case basis).

    • You will require reliable transport, as your dog can’t walk home after surgery. If you need a hand with transport, contact us. We may be able to help.

    • Dogs need to be over 5-months-old. 

    • We are unable to desex certain breeds - like British or French bulldogs - due to the high risk of complications and added costs of surgery. 

    • We reserve the right to decline any dog or owner.

    • A microchip gives your pet the best chance of being reunited with you if they become lost or stolen.

      FInd out more about Microchips 


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Who else can help?

If for some reason you are unsuccessful in applying to our programme, we are out of funds or you live outside our funding zone, there are still options available to support with desexing:

  • If you have a Community Services Card, the Humane Society will cover 50% of your dog’s desexing cost. Please find out more and apply here

  • The SPCA provides desexing support throughout NZ at different times of the year. Please contact the Whangārei SPCA for more information and advice

For Far North owners, the SPCA are currently offering free desexing (as at January 2024) via Donna Doolittle's Animal Rescue. Please email for more information and to book your spot. Bay of Islands Animal Rescue also provides desexing support for Far North dog owners.

If you have any questions about eligibility for The Best Dog Trust desexing programme, please email us or message us via Facebook.

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