Stray and lost dogs

Report it

If you find a stray dog, we will come and collect it providing you can safely contain it (for example, if you have it on a lead). Please do not put yourself or the animal at risk to do this.

What we will do 

We will come and collect the dog as soon as possible and look after it at our kennels while we try to find the owner. We can usually return a dog to the owner if the dog can be identified by a tag or micro-chip. The owner must pay all of the councils costs incurred in collecting and looking after the dog which is currently set at £125. Additional kennelling fees may apply.

If the owner doesn’t come forward within seven days, we will re-home the dog.

The council keeps an electronic register of all stray dogs found in the borough.

What to do when you lose your dog

If you have lost your dog, phone the council as soon as possible describing your dog as fully as possible. We can then check to see if your dog has been collected by the council and is at our kennels waiting for collection. 

Collars and tags

By law all dogs must wear a collar and tag with the name and address of the owner (and telephone number) whenever they are in a public place.

If a member of the public finds your dog and it is wearing a collar and tag, the finder is more likely to ring you than the Council. This means that, the dog will quickly be reunited with you and you won’t be charged by the council. The Council is only involved in collecting stray dogs when the finder cannot readily identify the owner.

From April 2016 all dogs apart from a few exceptions must be micro-chopped with the owners details. Ownership details must be kept up to date and you can receive a fine if your dog isn't micro-chipped. Further details can be found here including where to get your dog micro-chipped for free.

To report a stray dog, please call 020 8770 5000.