Find a missing or lost dog

If your dog is lost or missing, you should start searching immediately.

  • Search your house, garden and your immediate neighbours' properties.
  • Ring the Pound 09 438 7513, and the SPCA.
  • Ring all local vets in your area.
  • Create and copy mailbox fliers (with your dog’s photo, preferably in colour) to neighbours and surrounding streets.
  • Put a lost-dog sign on your fence.
  • Put fliers up in local shops, dairies and supermarkets.
  • Search the ‘Found Pets’ section of the newspaper and continue searching regularly

There are also various sites online that specialise in lost pets.

If your dog is microchipped and registration details are up-to-date, there is a greater chance of being reunited quickly.

Impounded dogs

Council's Animal Management officers have the right to seize and impound any wandering dog.   

If your dog is impounded:

Step 1.Identity check

We will check the dog's identity, if your dog is microchipped and registered we can then contact you, the owner.

Step 2.Owner is contacted

We will contact you by phone and also by written notice so you can claim your dog.

Step 3.Failure to claim you dog

Failure to claim an impounded dog does not relieve you as the owner from liability for any costs incurred.      

Dogs that are unclaimed after seven days become the property of Council and may be:

  • rehomed
  • passed to the SPCA
  • put to sleep.

Step 4.Payment of fees

No dogs will be released until all related fees have been paid.

Council's Animal Management officers have the right to seize and impound any wandering dog.  

If your dog is impounded and is identifiable, you will be contacted by phone and also by written notice.

Failure to claim an impounded dog does not relieve you as the owner from liability for costs incurred.  

Dogs that are unclaimed after seven days become the property of Council and may be:

  • rehomed
  • passed to the SPCA
  • put to sleep.

No dogs will be released until all related fees have been paid.