Although not compulsory, the desexing of animals is promoted in NSW.
The benefits of desexing include reducing the likelihood that your dog or cat will stray, ultimately reducing fighting, aggression and reducing antisocial behaviour such as spraying to mark territory.
Desexing before six months of age is encouraged, and it is recommended that you talk to your vet about the options.
Every year in Australia hundreds of thousands of companion animals are surrendered to pounds, shelters and vet clinics, some are simply abandoned on the street. The number of animals surrendered dramatically increases during breeding season due to pregnancy, unwanted births or for behavioural reasons related to being un-desexed.
If you are unable to have your animal desexed because of financial concerns, it is suggested that you talk to your veterinarian or an animal welfare association as they may be able to assist you.