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Get your impounded animal back

Find your pet in our animal shelters

To see if your pet has been impounded in one of our animal shelters, see our lost and adoptable animal search.

You should know

We will hold all dogs at a shelter for seven full days, giving you a chance to come forward and claim your dog.

You or someone you nominate can visit the shelter during this seven day period to claim your impounded dog.

After the seven days have passed, the dog will become our property.

We will run behavioural tests and decide whether to put the dog up for adoption or put it to sleep, if it is not suitable for adoption.

Pay outstanding fees

To get your impounded dog back from a shelter, you need to pay the relevant fees:

  • Impoundment fee - this helps cover the costs of looking after your dog in the shelter.
  • Registration fee - all impounded dogs must be registered before they are released - see Dog registration.
  • Micro-chipping fees - all impounded dogs must be micro-chipped before they are released, except registered working dogs and dogs first registered before 1 July 2006 and being impounded for the first time.

Pay by cash, Eftpos or credit card. We do not accept cheques.

Dog impoundment fees

Read fee table.
Daily sustenance for impounded dog$19
Dog impoundment fee first offence$76
Dog impoundment fee second offence$142
Dog impoundment fee third and subsequent offence$221
Vet care, micro-chipping, de-sexing, adoption, handover of ownershipContact us for fees

Small animal impoundment fees

Small animals include:

  • sheep
  • pigs
  • goats
  • poultry.
Read fee table.
Small animal daily sustenance fee (excluding first day)$12
Small animal impoundment fee$17
Vet care, micro-chipping, de-sexing, adoption, handover of ownershipContact us for fees

Large animal impoundment fees

Large animals include:

  • horses
  • cattle
  • llamas
  • alpacas
  • donkeys
  • mules
  • deer.
Read fee table.
Description Fee
Large animal daily sustenance fee (excluding first day)$17
Stock driving fee per kilometreActual cost
Vet care, micro-chipping, de-sexing, adoption, handover of ownershipContact us for fees

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