Lost your dog?
All roaming/wandering dogs are impounded and taken to the Animal Shelter by Council. If a microchip implant is found and this is registered on the New Zealand microchip database and or wearing registration dog tag, Council will contact the identified owner and try to reunite them with their dog. For this reason, any change of details including the dog owner's name, change of address, phone number or a new owner must notify the Council on 03 307 7700 or update via our website on www.ashburtondc.govt.nz.
The law requires all impounded dogs to be held for at least seven days while the Council attempts to contact the dog owner, or the owner contacts the Council about the dog.
After the 7th day, if the dog owner has not claimed the dog, the Council assumes legal responsibility and ownership of the dog.
If an impounded dog is sick or injured, the Council will seek veterinary treatment/advice as required.
Owners of unclaimed dogs are required to pay registration and impounding fees including sustenance
Animal Shelter staff ensures lost and found dogs receive sufficient care and welfare during their stay