Lost and found animals

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 and currently registered with Council will be impounded. Impound fees will likely apply.

Livestock

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.

Lost animals

Cats and dogs

If you lose your dog or cat, contact us on (03) 5422 0333 and we will record details such as the colour, gender and breed of your pet to be included in Council's Lost and Found register. 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 with Council. 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 as its pound provider you should call (03) 9329 2755 or visit their website Lost Dogs or Lost Cats to see if your pet is there. Photos are posted daily for lost dogs and cats in their care. 

Council may send your dog or cat directly to the Lost Dogs Home if any of the following apply:

  • your dog has been involved in a serious incident such as an attack or rush
  • the health or welfare of your dog or cat is compromised or is deemed to require special care
  • Council has concerns about the secure confinement of your dog
  • your dog has escaped recently or repeatedly 
  • your cat is subject to a trespass notice
  • Council office is closed e.g. weekends and public holidays 
  • at times of extreme heat, total fire ban and severe or higher fire danger rating
  • if the current owner cannot be identified or readily contacted

You are liable for any vet fees if your pet needs to be treated by a vet. Increased impound fees will apply if your animal is sent to Council's pound contractor. Warnings or fines may also apply. Impound fees will apply.

Livestock

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.

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.