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Lost and wandering pets

In Knox, we love our pets. And with so many pet owners, sometimes our furry friends get lost and go wandering.

Lost pets

At Council, we work to reunite families with their lost pets as quickly as possible.

Council offers a reunite service over the phone. This runs up to 9pm, seven days a week, for registered animals wearing a current Knox registration tag.

This is why it is vital to make sure your registration and microchip details are always up to date.

All unregistered cats and dogs will be taken to our pound at Victorian Animal Aid Trust.

Report your lost pet

You can:

  • contact the Council Office on 9298 8000
  • contact the Victorian Animal Aid Trust on 9739 0300
  • upload a post to the Lost Animals in Knox Facebook page.

The Lost Animals in Knox Facebook page is dedicated to reuniting owners with their pets. It's designed for lost pet owners to get fast, real-time answers if anyone in the community has seen their pet.

If you find a lost pet

If you have found someone’s dog or cat then you are required by law to give that animal to an authorised officer of Council, or take it to Council’s Pound (Animal Aid, Coldstream).

This way we can make sure that the pet gets back home to its owner.

Our first preference is that you contact Council, as we will attempt to contact the owners of registered cats and dogs to reunite them with their pet, and hopefully avoid the pet going to the pound.

All pets found during working hours are checked for a microchip and council registration tag.

To report an animal you have found:

Unregistered animals will be taken to the Victorian Animal Aid Trust in Coldstream.

Pets found after hours

Council's re-unite service operates over the phone up to 9pm, seven days a week, for registered animals wearing a current Knox registration tag.

If the pet has to be collected, it is picked up by Council’s after-hours animal collection contractor and taken to the pound. This includes weekends and public holidays.

Once an animal is at the pound staff will look to identify it through:

  • Council registration tag
  • microchip number
  • name tag.

Every effort is made to trace the owner so that they can be reunited.

A pound release fee applies to every animal that is taken to the pound. This is a council fee that is collected by the pound on our behalf.

There may also be infringements issued to the owners of animals that are not registered or have a history of getting out.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Community Laws department on 9298 8000.

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