Lost & Found Pets
Dogs and cats sometimes wander away from home, despite their owner's best attempts to keep them secure. If the City of Albany Rangers pick up stray pets they will attempt to reunite them with their families. The best way to ensure that a lost pet can be identified is to make sure it is microchipped, registered and wearing an identification tag. This is not just the responsible thing to do but is a requirement under West Australian laws.
To report a lost dog or cat, please contact the Ranger Team on 6820 3999 during business hours. We will search our records to check if your pet has been located.
To report a found dog or cat, please contact the Ranger Team on 6820 3999. The information that you will need to provide includes:
- The current location of the dog or cat
- A description of the animal (e.g. breed, size, colour etc.)
- Details of any registration or identification tag
If possible, please restrain the animal to prevent it wandering off.
Animals picked up by a Ranger will be taken to the City of Albany Pound on Mercer Road.
The City of Albany dog and cat pound is open by appointment seven days a week between 8am and 5pm by contacting the Rangers. The pound is located on Mercer Road, Walmsley (next to the City of Albany Depot).
The City is required by legislation to keep an unidentified dog or cat in the pound for a minimum of 72 hours to provide time for the dog to be reunited with its owner. After that period, the City seeks to find new homes for animals suitable for re-homing.
If you have lost your dog or cat, or if you are interested in giving a dog or cat a new home, please contact the Rangers directly.
The images displayed below identify animals that are currently held in the City's pound. If your animal appears in this gallery, or you are able to give a new home to any of the animals that are available for re-homing please contact the Rangers on on 6820 3999 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To collect your dog or cat from the City of Albany Pound, it is you need to make an appointment with a Ranger as the Pound does not have a permanent officer on site.
All cats and dogs must be microchipped and registered before they can be released from the Pound. If an un-microchipped animal is impounded, a qualified Ranger may microchip the animal and a fee of $60 will apply.
A $76.50 release fee is payable per dog or cat, and a sustenance fee of $10.20 per day may also apply. All fees must be paid prior to collecting your pet. Fees can be paid at the City of Albany office at 102 North Road, Yakamia (Monday to Friday).
For animals going to a new owner, a re-homing fee of $61.20 applies.
To collect your dog or cat from the City of Albany Pound, you need to make an appointment as the Pound does not have a permanent officer on site. Please call 6820 3999 to make an appointment.
If the animal is unregistered (and aged over three months for dogs or six months for cats), it is necessary to register it BEFORE it is released.
A $76.50 release fee payable per dog or cat, and a sustenance fee of $10.20 per day may also apply. All fees must be paid prior to collecting your pet.
Dogs aged over three months and cats older than six months must be microchipped in order to be registered. If your dog or cat is not microchipped, a qualified Ranger may microchip the dog before release. A fee of $60 applies.
To register your dog or cat you will need to attend the City of Albany office at 102 North Road, Yakamia. Payment of any outstanding fines relating to your dog or cat may also be required prior to release.
Registration and pound fees can be paid at the City of Albany office at 102 North Road, Yakamia (Monday to Friday). For weekend releases only, cash will be accepted but the correct amount must be tendered as no cash is kept on the premises.
You may also be asked to provide proof of identity, such as your current driver's licence.
If you are unable to collect your pet in person, you can authorise another person to act on your behalf. That person must be aged 18 years or over. Click on the link below to download Dog Pound Release Third Party Authority Form.
- Dog Pound Release Third Party Authority Form (32KB)Dog Pound Release Third Party Authority Form is to be signed by the owner of the impounded dog to authorise a third party to collect the dog on his or her behalf.
Unidentified dogs that have been in the pound for longer than the three days, or unidentified cats that have been retained for a minimum of seven days and are not claimed by owners, may be re-homed. The City of Albany works closely with animal rescue organisations to find new homes for impounded animals. If your dog or cat has been referred to a rescue organisation for re-homing you will need to contact them directly as they will be the new legal owner of the animal.