What to do - lost dogs
If you do this and your dog ends up making its own way home, please let us know so we can update our records.
What else can I do to help find my dog?
What to do - found dogs
- Call the SPCA (07 847 4868) and local vets.
- Put your dog's details and/or photo on Trade Me, Pets on the Net and Facebook. Another useful site is the Doglinks community portal page.
- Door-knock your neighbourhood and check any places your dog is used to going (ie, if you always go the same way when out walking).
- Make fliers to distribute with a good photos, description and other relevant information as well as your contact details.
- Make sure your details on any databases (ie, Council registration, vet database, etc) are up to date.
If you find a dog in Hamilton, please phone the Council on 07 838 6699 to arrange collection or drop it directly to the Animal Education and Control Team at our centre at 217 Ellis Street (open 12.30pm to 4.30pm, seven days a week).
If we know who owns the dog (either through its registration tag details and/or its name tag details - or if it's on our kennel register), we'll get in touch with the owner(s) as soon as possible so they can come in and claim the dog and sort any relevant fees.
Remember, registration, microchipping and keeping your contact information up to date help to make sure that if your dog is found, it can be identified and you can be contacted quickly.
After seven days, unclaimed dogs become the property of Hamilton City Council. Every dog is assessed and if suitable, may be rehomed via our adoption programme.
Dogs Online and dog registrations/requirements
Adopt a dog
Find out about adopting a dog from the Hamilton City Council's Animal Education and Control Centre. You can also check out our Hamilton Adopt a Dog Facebook page here.
Found Dogs Register.
This register shows a list of dogs that have been found and are being held at the Animal Education and Control Centre. If you think a dog listed may be yours please contact the kennel staff on 07 838 6664. The Kennels opening hours are 12:30 – 4:30pm 7 days a week (excluding public holidays)