Lost & Found Pets

Lost Pets

Pets sometimes wander away from home, despite their owner's best attempts to keep them secure. If the City of Albany Rangers pick up stray dogs 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 City of Albany on 6820 3999 during business hours. We will search our records to check if your pet has been located.

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.

Found Dogs

To report a found dog, please contact the City of Albany on 6820 3999. The information that you will need to provide includes:

  • The current location of the dog,
  • A description of the animal (e.g. breed, size, colour etc.)
  • Details of any registration or identification tag

If possible, please restrain the dog to prevent it wandering off.

City of Albany Pound

The City of Albany dog and cat pound, located at 39 Mercer Road, Walmsley, is open by appointment between 8.30am and 4.30 pm during work days. To make an appointment, please contact the City on 6820 3999.

Release of Impounded Animals

  • All cats and dogs must be microchipped and registered before they can be released from the Pound (unless exempt).
  • If an non microchipped animal has been impounded, a qualified Ranger may microchip the animal and a fee $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 8.30am to 4.30pm).
  • You may 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.

Download the Dog Pound Release Third Party Authority Form

Pets in the Pound

Click here to view the animals that are currently held in the City's pound. If you identify your animal, please contact the City on 6820 3999 or by email ranger@albany.wa.gov.au.

Rehoming Impounded Animals

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 rehomed.

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.

A re-homing fee applies to animals rehomed directly from the City of Albany.