Council will make every effort to return a pet dog or cat to its owner if the animal is microchipped and has a current registration prior to transferring to the Animal Management Centre.
Council may seize dogs and cats under certain circumstances as we are the local impounding authority under the Companion Animals Act 1998.
See lost animals currently at the Animal Management Centre
What happens to my pet if it is seized?
We give stray dogs and cats a health check to see whether they need any treatment and an identification and registration check to find the owner's contact details.
If your animal is microchipped or has a tag with a name, address or phone number, we will contact you to let you know that your pet has been taken to Council's Animal Management Centre and how to reclaim them. We mail a letter to the last known contact obtained from microchipping or registration details. We will also email and attempt to make phone contact where these details are available.
Within 24 hours of impounding we will upload pictures, a written description and the time and place the animal was seized, to Council’s lost pets listing webpage. We also promote this page from time to time on Council’s social media channels.
Animals with an identifiable owner will be kept for a maximum of 14 working days.
Unidentified animals will be kept for a maximum of 7 working days.
Rehoming unclaimed pets
Council will partner with approved rehoming organisations to rehome unclaimed animals.
Although the RSPCA ceased running the impounding service on 20 March, the RSPCA still offer pets for adoption
If you find a stray pet
Report stray dogs to Council and we can send our rangers to pick them up.
Our rangers do not collect stray cats, but we do accept them at the centre. Contact Council to make an appointment to take a stray cat to the centre.
To surrender your pet
We do not accept dogs or cats being surrendered by their owners. Owners who want to surrender their animal should contact the RSPCA Coffs Harbour.