Animals in the Pound

Have you have lost your dog, cat or another animal? The animals listed below are currently being held in Council's pound. If your animal is listed below, please contact Council's Animal Enforcement Team to arrange collection.

Please ensure your dog or cat registration details are kept up to date. Microchips record only the last known address and if this has not been updated, the chances of recovering your lost dog or cat are greatly reduced. A fine can also be imposed for not updating microchip information. When you report your dog or cat as missing, Council will update your the records on the Companion Animals Register to show your dog or cat is missing and verify that your contact details are correct. That way, when your animal is found Council and the pound can return your animal to its home.

What happens to a stray or seized animal after it is collected by Council?

At Byron Shire Council, we love animals and have a key role to play in their protection and safety, as well as keeping the community safe.

We follow strict guidelines that ensure stray animals are in very safe hands with us, and that every effort is made to return animal to their owners.

In order for us to successfully return stray animals to their owners, it is essential that your pets have:

  • Microchipping

  • Registration

  • A place of residence that is current and has suitable containment for the animal’s safety.

What happens if a pet owner can't be located?

When pet owners can't be located or are unknown, stray or seized animals are transported to Council’s pound for care while we continue our search for the owner. 

How long can seized or stray pets stay in the Council pound for?

The length of time that animals can stay in Council’s pound is determined by the Companion Animals Act which states that identified animals can be held for a minimum of 14 days and unidentified animals for 7 days.

Please note that if your pet becomes stray and is seized and impounded, fees may apply for accommodation, food, registration, microchipping and veterinary costs if required, upon collection of the animal.

What happens if pets aren’t collected from Council’s pound by their owners within the time limits?

There are a range of circumstances which mean that sometimes pets aren’t or cannot be collected by their owners.  In these cases, every effort is made by Council to re-home the unclaimed animal.  This is done with the help of one of the local animal organisations we work with.  Thanks to assistance from these fantastic organisations and their networks, we have been very successful in finding great new homes for suitable animals.

Are there instances where a seized or stray pet in the pound has to be euthanised?

Despite every effort being made to avoid the euthanasia of stray and seized animals, in a very small percentage of cases this is unfortunately unavoidable.  For instance, if Council has a seized or stray animal in the pound that is not collected by an owner and has been involved in dangerous or manacing behaviour, it will not be able to be re-homed.  Decisions to put these animals down are not made lightly and are the result of Council having to prioritise the health of other animals and the safety of our community.



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