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Lost Pets

Losing your furry friend can be a stressful and worrying experience. If you live in the Darwin area there are a number of things you can do to try to find your lost pet.

If we find your missing pet

Our Rangers will check and scan all collected cats and dogs for microchip and registration information. If your pet is registered and microchipped we will try to contact you to arrange to return your pet straight away. It is important that your registration and microchip information is up-to-date at all times so that you can be contacted if your pet is found.

If we are unable to contact you, we cannot return your pet to your home as

  • the information we have may be incorrect
  • they may escape again
  • we may not be able to access your home without your permission

In these circumstances, your pet will be taken to The Pound.

If you find a wandering pet

If you find a wandering pet you can contact The Pound during the operation hours listed below.

08 89 300 600

For weekdays after hours between 5pm to 8am and for weekends between 2pm to 9am please call

08 8989 2843

The Pound

If your cat or dog has been picked up by our Rangers, they will be cared for at the City of Darwin Animal Pound.


78 Boulter Road, Berrimah (next door to RSPCA)

08 8947 2099

Holidays December 2020 - January 2021

Opening hours  
25 - 28 December 2020 Closed
29 - 31 December 2020 9.00am - 6.00pm
1 January 2020 Closed
2 January 2020 9.00am - 1.00pm 
3 January 2020  Closed

Regular Opening Hours 

Opening hours  
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays Closed

Collecting your pet from the Animal Pound

Before you head to the Pound to collect your pet, please make sure you bring proof of identity. We cannot release your pet from the pound without proof of identity.

Before your pet is released we will check that your details and all fees and charges are up-to-date (this includes your pet's registration and microchipping fees). It is a requirement that all dogs and cats in our municipality are registered and microchipped. Fees are payable on site with EFTPOS and credit card facilities available.

Release fees

If your pet is impounded, a release fee will apply upon collection at the Animal Pound.

Unregistered cats and dogs

$225 release fee + registration and microchipping fee. Unregistered cats and dogs must be registered and microchipped at time of release.

Registered cats and dogs

$105 release fee

First time impoundment for registered and microchipped pets

Registered and microchipped cats and dogs can be collected on the same day of impoundment without incurring a release fee. This waiver applies for the first impoundment only. At-Large infringements will still apply.

If there is a record of previous impoundment, release fees and infringements will apply.

Out-of-hours fee

$80 (additional fee) for pets impounded outside of Council's normal hours.

Microchip Fee:

$35 per animal.

Microchipping is a condition of registration and a requirement for the release of all animals from the Animal Pound. Staff are able to microchip your pet upon release (fees apply).

Microchipping is available to all pets and can be arranged Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.00pm.

To enquire about services offered at the Animal Pound  08 8947 2099

Other Avenues You Can Try

If you are looking for your pet and it's not listed at the Animal Pound you may like to try other services for assistance. Please note that these organisations are not managed by City of Darwin.

Top End Lost and Found (TELAF)

TELAF is a free service targeting the Darwin area and aims to reunite lost animals with their owners. Volunteers also endeavour to find homes for some homeless animals.

RSPCA Darwin

The RSPCA is committed to the care and welfare of animals in the local and wider community, and provide comfort and shelter to lost, abandoned, surrendered, neglected unwanted or sick and injured animals.

PAWS Darwin

PAWS Darwin is a rehoming centre for animals in the Darwin and surrounds area.

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