Losing an animal can be distressing and worrying. If your pet has a microchip and is registered with Council, then you can easily be reunited. There are some things you should know and some things you can do if you have lost your favourite friend.
Provide an accurate description of your dog. Be sure to do a thorough check with your neighbours and your dog’s favourite places. Refer to lost and found columns in the local paper and consider placing an advertisement.
Check around your property and ask your neighbours to do the same. If cats are sick or injured they may lay low and are unlikely to call out. So, look and listen carefully.
If you find a dog you don’t know wandering off leash, you can report a found dog to Council and a Ranger can come and scan the dog for its microchip details collection. That way the owner can be contacted quickly. If the dog is collared and has a tag you can call the owner yourself. Contain the dog safely and provide water.
Cats do roam and you may occasionally see one you don’t recognise. It is an offence to seize a cat unless the cat is injured, abandoned or lost. If a cat is a pet, it should be microchipped. Only a Ranger may take possession of a cat. Remember, don’t feed stray cats.
Sick or injured pets
If you find a sick or injured cat or dog that you don’t recognise, the best thing to do is to take it to your closest vet. If a cat is injured, it is okay to take it to the vet.
Collecting your pet from the pound
To collect your pet from the pound, bring identification or a letter of authority to collect from the owner. All pets must be microchipped and registered before they will be reunited with you. You’ll have to pay pound fees and you may be issued with a fine.
If you find a dead animal
If you find a dead animal on public property, report the dead animal to Council for removal. Domestic animals will be scanned for microchip identification and the owners notified.
If you find a dead animal on your property, contact your local vet. Council does not remove dead animals from private property.
Cats are allowed to roam except within prohibited areas. Some cats may become a nuisance and you can report nuisance cats to Council.