Lost and found pets and animals
If you have found a lost animal, Council encourages citizens to contact an approved premise*. An authorised person at the approved premise will scan the dog or cat for a microchip and facilitate reuniting the pet with the owner. This process minimises the stress placed on the animal by reducing the time spent away from its owner.
Citizens may also contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 02 9392 5000
Customer service staff will require an accurate description of the animal and the location it was found. If you have contained a found pet please ensure you have provided adequate water and shelter. Council officers will not enter premises to collect pets unless occupied by the resident.
Council's Companion Animal Officers make all attempts to return companion animals seized within the area to their owners. However, if an owner cannot be contacted, the animal will be transported to an approved animal impounding facility.
Order your FREE engraved pet tag
If your pet resides in the Inner West Council area then you are eligible for a FREE engraved pet tag!
Complete this online order form to order your tag - a tag engraved with your contact details may be the quickest and easiest way to be reunited with a lost pet.
Unlike dogs, cats are permitted to roam.
It is not unlawful for a cat to enter private property or roam public places.
If you are bothered by a roaming cat, make contact with the owner and politely express your concerns.
A roaming cat is not necessarily a lost cat.
If you have lost your animal, please contact Inner West Council's Customer Service Centre on 02 9392 5000
You will be asked to provide a detailed description of your pet colour, breed, gender, whether he/she is wearing a collar, and if he/she is microchipped.
When looking for a missing pet you should also contact your local vets and animal shelter.
You may also wish to 'door-knock' around your local area and post a photo and description of your pet on the following Facebook pages (don't forget to update your post once your pet is found!)
Council Companion Animal Officers make all attempts to return companion animals seized within the area to their owners – however, if an owner cannot be contacted, the animal will be transported to an approved animal impounding facility**.
Before owners can collect their pet, they must pay release and maintenance fees to the impounding facility. Cats and dogs may be impounded at a local impounding facility depending on your residential suburb.
Council's impound facility
Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SDCH) is the chosen impound facility for found animals in our local government area.
Did you know:
- SDCH never place a 'time limit' on any animal awaiting adoption
- SDCH is a registered charity and an active rehoming facility
- Since 1946 SDCH have reunited and rehomed over 200,000 animals
Sydney Dogs and Cats Home
77 Edward Street, Carlton NSW
ph. 02 9587 9611
*Under section 62A(1) of the Companion Animals Act, 1998, an approved premise is any premises (other than a Council pound) operated by an approved person.
**Under section 62(1) of the Companion Animals Act, 1998, animals seized under the authority of that Act must cause the seized animal to be delivered as soon as possible to its owner, a Council pound, or to any approved premises.