If we find your missing pet
Our rangers will check and scan all collected cats and dogs for microchip and registration information. 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.
In these circumstances, your pet will be taken to the City of Darwin Animal Pound (the Pound).
Monday - Friday
9.00am – 11:00am
2:00pm – 5:00pm
By appointment only.
To arrange a time to pick-up or drop-off animals,
please call 08 8930 0600 during opening hours.
9.00am - 12.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays
Please direct enquiries to 08 8930 0600 during council hours.
*by appointment only
To arrange a time to pick-up or drop-off animals, please call 08 8930 0600 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm
If you find a wandering pet
If you find a wandering pet you can contact the Council during operating hours 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday please call 08 8930 0600
If you find a pet outside of operating hours, weekdays between 5pm to 8am or Saturday and Sundays please call 08 8989 2843.
If your cat or dog has been picked up by our rangers, they will be cared for at the Pound.
78 Boulter Road, Berrimah (next door to RSPCA)
Collecting your pet from the 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.
If your pet is impounded, a release fee may apply upon collection at the Pound including a $30 daily maintenance fee.
Unregistered cats and dogs
For unregistered cats and dogs, a $295 release fee plus registration and microchipping fee may apply. Unregistered cats and dogs must be registered and microchipped at the time of release.
Registered cats and dogs
A release fee of $120 applies for registered cats and dogs.
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 may still apply.
If there is a record of previous impoundment, release fees and infringements may apply.
An additional fee of $95 may apply for pets impounded outside of Council's normal hours.
Microchipping costs $45 per animal.
Microchipping is a condition of registration and a requirement for the release of all animals from the Darwin 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 Pound, call 08 8930 0600
Lost animals listing
Animals that are being cared for at the Pound are regularly listed above. If you cannot see your lost pet at the top of this page, you may wish to contact the Pound directly.
Other avenues you can try
If you are looking for your pet and it's not listed at the 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.
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.