Lost and found animals
Dogs and cats
If the dog or cat has no identification, a ranger will check it for a microchip and if it is microchipped, this will improve its chances of not being impounded. Owners may receive warnings or fines. Animals that are not microchipped or registered will be impounded. Impound fees will apply.
If the owner of the livestock is not known, the animal/s will be impounded. Owners may receive warnings or fines. For impounded animals, impound fees will apply.
Cats and dogs
If you lose your dog or cat, contact us on (03) 5422 0333. The animal’s details and your contact details will be entered in our Lost & Found Register. We will record details such as colour, gender, whether wearing a collar, microchipped, registered or tagged, as well as what type of animal it is. We will also record your name, address and contact numbers. These details help to identify the animal and get it back to you as quickly as possible if it is found.
If you think your pet has been impounded by a Ranger, contact us on (03) 5422 0333. If your pet is in the Council pound, we will make arrangements with you to release the animal.
We do not release dogs or cats unless they are microchipped and registered. If your pet is not microchipped, we will arrange for the animal to be microchipped before it is returned to you. If your pet is not registered you will have to register the animal before we return it to you. See our Pet Registration page for registration fees.
Council also uses the North Melbourne Lost Dogs Home and you should call 9329 2755 or visit the Lost Dogs or Lost Cats to see if your pet is there.
Note: you are liable for any vet fees if your pet needs to be treated by a vet. Warnings or fines may also apply. Impound fees will apply.
If you think your livestock has been impounded by a ranger, contact us on (03) 5422 0333. Once it has been decided that your livestock is in the pound, we will make arrangements to release the animal to you.
Note: you are liable for transport fees and any vet fees if your livestock needs to be treated by a vet. Warnings or fines may also apply. Impound fees will apply.