Lost Animals

Cat and Dog

Lost and Found Cats and Dogs

If your microchipped pet is missing please contact the Council within 72 hours to report it as missing on the NSW Companion Animals Register. Phone us on 02 9366 3666.

If your missing pet is picked up by one of our rangers we will make every effort to reunite you with your pet. If your pet is microchipped and registered, or wearing a collar and identification tag, we will contact you promptly so you can reclaim your pet straight away.

If we can't identify the animal or contact you, we'll take your pet to the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

Found animals: Dogs

If you find a dog that is wearing a collar and ID tag, first try to contact the owner. If the dog has no tag, or if you cannot contact the owner, take the dog to a vet or contact the Council so it can be scanned for a microchip.

If the dog is microchipped, the information on the microchip will help us to contact the owner and return the dog to them. 

If the dog has no microchip or registration, or if the owner cannot be contacted, the dog will be taken by a ranger to the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home

Found animals: Cats

As cats are allowed to roam free but prohibited to roam in food preparation and consumption areas (within 10 metres), as well as wildlife protection areas.  That means that it is often not possible to be sure whether cats are lost or a stray. If a stray cat has been around your place for a while and you are concerned about it or you want to adopt the animal, check if the cat has a microchip by taking it to the vet or contact the Council. 

It's important to be aware of the laws that determine when you are legally allowed to remove or seize a cat.

The vet or a City ranger will advise you about the cat's ownership, and then the process outlined above for dogs will apply. If appropriate, you can discuss adopting the cat with the ranger or the pound.


Vets may accept a stray animal and will then contact the Council to impound the animal. Vets are not obliged to accept an animal unless it is injured. Alternatively, the vet may advise you to call a City ranger or take the animal to the pound yourself.

Your responsibilities as a dog owner

Dog owners must take all reasonable precautions to prevent their dog from escaping from their property.

Any dog that is in a public place must be under the effective control of some competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held by (or secured to) the person. 

When a companion animal is hit by traffic

Botany Bay Council Rangers will take reasonable steps to contact the owners of pets that are hit by traffic. If the animal cannot be identified or the owners cannot be contacted, the animal will be transferred to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.